Bright and BEAUTIFUL – NZ kitchens & bathrooms quarterly
The homeowner’s brief for this project was to improve the functionality and flow fo the 1920s home’s kitchen, while adding strong visual interest to the space.
The kitchen flows directly into the family room and connects with a formal dining room through double doors. The space originally had an eastern-facing window above the sink bench, through which the room receives lovely morning sunlight. The sink and bench were removed during the renovation and replaced with French doors and a small deck to let in more light and create a greater sense of space. At the other end of the room, a single standard entry door was removed and was replaced by large double-cavity slider doors. These new doors open up the kitchen space further to the entrance area, letting in the afternoon light.As the kitchen now resembled a streamlined galley design, a longer island containing a sink was integrated with ease.
To counteract the visual effect of the kitchen’s split-height ceiling, the tall cabinetry was placed in the section with the higher ceiling height, while the cooktop and bench top were placed in the section with the lower ceiling height.Push-to-open-overhead cabinetry was designed to mimic the look of a bulkhead while providing additional storage.
Blackened steel elements were introduced to the space as a not to the headlight windows, and fluted design elements were integrated into the overhead cupboards and the island panels.Dekton Opera was chosen for the bench tops and splash back, and matt black handles were introduced throughout the space to create interest. A pantry is hidden behind pocket doors and contains a bench top, perforated steel baskets, internal drawers and shelving.
A striking linear matt black pendant with smoky glass globes takes centre stage in the main kitchen, complemented by downlight for task lighting and LED strip lighting under the seating overhand, overhead cupboards and inside the pantry.
This new design has resulted in a light-filled kitchen that fits seamlessly into the rest of the house. The homeowners feel the renovation has transformed their house into the home of their dreams.