Lori Di Saverio imagines…

A fabulous kitchen

Having it all, and then some


Lori Di Saverio, owner of Cartier Kitchens Ottawa, knows exactly what makes a kitchen the best part of your home. Kitchens, after all, are her life. So when she dreams about a great kitchen renovation, she dreams in detail and beauty.

Her “ultimate kitchen” has these on her list:

  • Plenty of counter space.
  • Lots of good, easily-accessible storage.
  • A pantry – a full wall of tall cabinets with pull-out shelves; better still, a walk-in pantry.
  • A re-cycling centre.
  • Lots of drawers. All base cabinets are drawers or have pull-out shelves and racks.
  • Soft-closing drawers with full extension slides.
  • Soft closing doors.
  • Accessible corners.
  • Under-cabinet lighting.
  • Beautiful features: glass doors, crown mouldings, staggered upper cabinets.
  • Cutlery and spice tray storage.
  • Built-in stainless-steel appliances − fridge (with bottom freezer), oven, microwave cook-top.
  • Hood fan integrated into a custom hood to match the kitchen (or stainless steel chimney-style).
  • Solid surface counter tops − granite or quartz.
  • Matching cabinets in the eating area and dining room − for example, wall unit/buffet unit.
  • A neutral colour for cabinets and counter tops (white, grey, beige, brown), accented with bright bold colours on walls and backsplash.