What service was done:
Jo and Matt
Who lives here?
A young family. Both mum and dad are young professionals who work in the city 4 days a week, and from home 1 day per week each. There are 2 children in the house. The oldest is 6, and the youngest 18 months.
Motivation for renovation
The number one aim of this renovation was to open things up. We focussed on taking down pillars and creating an open space where the kitchen became a part of the rest of the house and not hidden away in the back corner.
- Creating a coffee and drinks station that is separate from the other parts of the kitchen
- Open up living and kitchen areas so parents can monitor their young family when preparing meals
- Create a more functional space through increasing bench space and drawers for extra storage
- Increase natural light through the area and making the space look nicer
- Creating “display” for this family’s art works and books
- Create an area where the kids can be fed on the extended island bench
Jumping off point- where did we start?
The kitchen was a part of the entire renovation. Our clients also removing walls, changed their flooring, ceiling and painted the walls. Their aim was to open the space and lighten and brighten the area. They opted for cooler greys, charcoals and whites instead of the creams and beige colours that had been there since the 90’s.
Design goals & colour pallet
Our clients really liked the idea of dark cabinets. There is little natural light towards the back of the kitchen, so we had to combine the dark cabinets with light and bright splashbacks and bench tops.
- Doors: Two Pack Matt finish in Dulux Monument.
- Bench Tops: NaturaStone Polaris
Our clients love their soft furnishings and decorative art pieces which we wanted to create a space where they could be featured and. Natural timber shelving sets the area apart from the rest of the kitchen.
Pot drawers were used instead of cupboards to increase the storage capacity of the kitchen. The island bench was extended to create a meal space for the young children in the family, and a space to include the cook if the adults were entertaining guests.
Challenges to work around
There was quite a low ceiling, so adding in some vertical VJ panelling on the overhead units and bar panels makes the area look elongated. The entire wall could not be removed from the kitchen for structural reasons, we had to work with.
Putting in a shallow unit with open shelving which serves as a coffee making station was good solution for enduring access to the kitchen wasn’t made smaller. It also gave this family an opportunity to display their ornaments and art works.
Why we love this kitchen
There are warm and cool elements to this kitchen. The handles, timber shelving and soft furnishings bring a real homely feel to the area. The dark cabinets and white bench tops and splashbacks create contrast and drama. Functionally, we have created much more storage space for the family, and with the use of drawers, it makes things much more accessible.
We have also created a whole new space for the kids to eat, or do their homework, and for the adults, there’s good entertaining features like the bar/coffee area as well as being able to use the island bench if hosting a dinner party. For whoever is in the kitchen preparing meals, it flows into the rest of the living area so everyone can be included. It’s simple, functional and beautiful.