Highbanks Society is a Calgary non-profit organization that provides housing at a subsidized rate for young mothers who are finishing their education and creating career paths. Several years ago, I renovated one of the suites of Highbanks house when it was the featured property on a local designer showcase tour. Now Highbanks is expanding, and I am thrilled that they have asked my Calgary interior design firm to help them with the renovation.
The exisiting plan on the main floor consisted of an administrative office, a powder room, two workstations for the tenants and a suite for a onsite manager. The office area will be reconfigured and an addition on the back of the property will contain a teaching kitchen, a lounge space and a back entrance. The addition also includes a second floor consisting of an additional two bedroom suite and a laundry room. There will also eventually be a playroom in the basement for the young children and lots of additional storage.
This concept board illustrates our design for the teaching kitchen. I wanted the design to be cutting-edge and youthful but there were several functional aspects which needed consideration. Volunteers will regularly teach cooking and nutrition classes in this kitchen and the board of directors need a table space for meetings. We are proposing a white lacquer and walnut cabinet combination with a wonderful glass mosaic backsplash tile as a feature.
The lounge area will have several pieces of furniture which will be donated by some incredible companies! Maria Tomas and Vogel have graciously offered to help us furnish this space stylishly for the tenants. We are absolutely floored by their generosity and support.
We’ll keep you updated on this very exciting collaboration and more details as the project moves along. All of us at Corea Sotropa Interior Design are really enjoying this project and doing our part to help out this very worthy organization.