Designed by architect, Chris Foyd from 519 Design + Build, and built by Billy Thistle of Point Break Developments Ltd., this waterfront home epitomizes true minimalism in the name of highlighting the expansive ocean views from every angle. To fulfill the extensive millwork designed for the home, Foyd suggested the homeowners hire Douglas Grant of Douglas Grant Cabinetmakers Inc. for his precision craftsmanship.
“When I met with the owners, they knew exactly what they wanted in terms of millwork and the aesthetic they wanted,” says Grant, who adds that the couple was drawn to his ebonized ash millwork and wanted a clean minimalist aesthetic that wouldn’t distract from the views. Polished concrete flooring in the kitchen and dining area consider the clean, modern design scheme.
The design brief emphasized cabinetry with custom storage capabilities, integrated handles, and flat panels to conceal appliances for a sleek look. “We do things a little different in our shop and have the appliances delivered directly to us so we can seamlessly integrate them into the panels rather than reference the manufacturer’s suggestions on how they should fit. I like to make the panels as precise as possible,” says Grant.
From fine details like waste and recycling pull-outs to an impressive concealed walk-in pantry, the design has a purposeful intent with a place for everything and everything in its place. Special features like an ice machine and clean up sink are neatly tucked away behind the walk-in pantry panels while the thin profile quartzite countertop runs right up the backsplash window to frame it in. To avoid any visual clutter, even the range hood was installed to disappear into the design.
After 25 years in the business, Grant preserves the integrity of his craft by remaining hands-on at all of his projects. From doors to finishing and installation, where most shops are ordering from manufacturers, Grant is building everything by hand. His cabinetry is seamless, making a modern statement that reminds us that the main attraction is the home’s proximity to the sea. The millwork in the kitchen exceeded the homeowners’ expectations and when asked about his ebonized ash process, Grant smiles and replies, “it’s top secret.”