English Style Face Frame Kitchens
We have been meticulously handcrafting kitchens for close to 30 years. Our authentic joinery and simple aesthetic are beautifully suited to period homes, cottages and modern traditional settings.
'My kitchens were not just pretty cabinets, they were full of beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture that invited you to touch and work and cook and relax.
They were a magical part of my home for me, my friends and my family. So many memories were created there'.
-Ruth W, Carlisle, Ontario
A full service custom woodworking shop, we create freestanding bespoke furnishings and architectural elements sympathetic to the original character of a home.
BEFORE AND AFTER
After 15 years, this well loved, hardworking Blue Skies Handmade Kitchen has been completely renewed with fresh colour, added cabinetry and new hardware.
When you invest in simple, traditionally joined wood cabinets, you have a kitchen that will last indefinitely, which is not to say that it has to look the same forever. Our hand brushed finishes can be repainted, wooden worktops refinished, cabinets reconfigured and hardware updated to give you the look and feel of an entirely new kitchen without the environmental impact of a renovation.
We are craft producers of authentic face frame, inset kitchens. Our customers are comfortable bypassing the conventional kitchen showroom, seeking us out in order to work directly with a flexible, custom shop.
Our cabinetmaker Steve Culumovic has been a designer and maker of fine kitchens and furniture since 1995. He developed a deep regard for the timeless proportions of the classic English kitchen when he was first commissioned to build one in 2002. Steve is a specialist in traditional joinery methods and natural finishes. With an uncompromising level of craftsmanship, Steve builds cabinetry and furnishings to function well, look beautiful and last indefinitely. We have the tools and artisanal skills to create hand turned hardware, architectural woodwork, gilding and hand painted elements, infusing our kitchens with a special warmth and charm. Close, ongoing collaboration with our customers results in perfectly individual kitchens every time.
Our approach aligns with the philosophies of the Arts and Crafts movement in which designing and building were guarded as an undivided process, the Shakers who made necessity and usefulness a priority with beauty following, and both maintaining a strict adherence to the use of quality materials.
FEATURED IN LOOK LOCAL MAGAZINE, OAKVILLE & BURLINGTON:
Meet the Maker' March 2020
Creative work brought Steve Culumovic and Gayle Hutchings together. In 1998, Steve was hired to build a bistro area and painting storage for an art gallery in Oakville, Ontario, and there he met their framer Gayle. Steve and Gayle married six years later and have been collaborating on projects ever since.
Gayle has spent her life immersed in the visual arts working as a botanical artist and art framer. Using colour theory, pleasing proportions, fine mouldings and preservation materials, she achieves a timelessly appealing aesthetic framing her clients' art at her shop Gayle Hutchings' Framing Studio. She has 35 years' design consultancy, customer care and hands on experience in the fine art industry.
Gayle is the decorative artist behind the gilding and applied arts for Blue Skies Custom Woodwork. She renders the hand drawn plans for Blue Skies Handmade Kitchens, helps customers with their kitchen colours and acts as a sounding board for Steve's design ideas.
We service the Greater Toronto Area and outlying towns from Elora to Carlisle to the Muskokas.
We offer a limited number of commissions annually, and welcome enquiries from individuals and designers. Get in touch with any questions you may have, or to begin working together on your handmade kitchen.