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Renovated kitchen with extra long island and Italian tile splashback adds contemporary style to an Arts and Crafts home

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This project sits in the context of a beautiful Arts and Crafts residence. The owners loved the home's classic style featuring natural materials and hand-crafted detailing, but not so much the small, dark, outdated kitchen that went with it.

In its place, they wanted a modern kitchen opening out to a courtyard and terraced garden, says designer Pauline Stockwell.

"I designed a user-friendly kitchen suitable for a family of four plus friends. The four metre-long, white Corian benchtop doubles as a dining table for six. And, being engaged from early on in the design, I was able to locate this directly under the two skylights which provide sunshine at breakfast time. Corian was chosen for its aesthetic, with stainless steel used on the hob bench for practicality and ease of cleaning."

For a busy family, plenty of storage was a must and the designer added a large side pantry for food stuffs and breakfast preparation. There are also extra-wide kitchen drawers and over-cupboards for functional cooking items, while the extra-deep island houses additional storage.

The combination of dark and light materialsaccentuates the sleek design and also works with the wider Arts and Crafts interiors.


Credit List

Cabinetry hardwareBlum
FlooringAmerican Oak
SplashbackItalian tiles from Tilespace
Kitchen sinkMercer
OvenMiele Culinario, from Kitchen Things
CooktopMiele, induction, from Kitchen Things
DishwasherMiele, integrated, from Kitchen Things
RefrigerationFisher & Paykel, from Kitchen Things
Wine fridgeVintec, from Kitchen Things
ToekicksBrushed stainless steel
AwardsTrends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
DesignerPauline Stockwell CKDNZ CBDNZ, Pauline Stockwell Design
Cabinetry finishesBestwood oak veneer, dark-stained, and Dulux Double Dannevirke lacquer
BenchtopsCorian, Cameo White; stainless steel Rimex Linen; stainless steel satin
Cabinet handlesKatalog EZ

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