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Cabinetry conceals a wealth of accessories for conveniently storing every item from oven trays in toekicks to racks for spices
Story by: Mary Webb
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view of a renovated kitchen where Swamp kauri was used for the cabinetry and features timber flooring, kitchen appliances, lighting, kitchen sink, tapware and stainless steel benchtops.

A simple, uncluttered look doesn't always tell the full story, and in the kitchen, more likely indicates hard work and clever design ideas behind the scenes.

After years of renovations, the kitchen was the last room in this 100-year-old villa to be remodelled, and the owner wanted it to reflect the character of the house and match previously completed work.

The rear portion of the house was originally three areas a kitchen, a bathroom and a separate hallway with limited access to the garden.

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View of the original kitchen which was situated where the family area is now sited.

Kitchen designer Nicola Cumming suggested completely opening up the three areas to become one free-flowing space. The old kitchen became a family area, and to improve access to the garden, French doors now open from both the kitchen and the new living space. A new laundry was also provided, within a specially designed cabinet in the kitchen.

"We designed the kitchen around an existing fire with a kauri mantel, and the space had to look as if the fireplace was supposed to be there," says Cumming.

"To retain the character of the home, we chose swamp kauri for the cabinetry. It is darker than other kauri, with a deep, rich colour and an aged look," she says.

view of a renovated kitchen where Swamp kauri cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, floor, flooring, hardwood, home, interior design, kitchen, property, real estate, room, window, brown, gray
view of a renovated kitchen where Swamp kauri was used for the cabinetry and features timber flooring, kitchen appliances, lighting, kitchen sink, tapware and stainless steel benchtops.

The space had a very high 2.7m stud with a raked board-and-batten ceiling, and Cumming designed full-height cabinetry to take advantage of this. Custom-made mouldings to match the rest of the house flow around the tops of the cabinetry and the walls, and are incorporated in the cabinet door frames, architraves and scotia.

The owner wanted designated spaces for everything, so drawers and cupboards are all fitted with pull-out accessories, sliding shelves, spice racks and dividers for trays and platters. She wanted as much storage as possible, and to do this, every available space was utilised, including toekicks, which are fitted with drawers.

"The new laundry cupboard shows what good planning can achieve. With a stacked front-loading washer and dryer, we had space for a sink, stainless bench, shelves, drawers, hanging space and a pull-out ironing board," says the designer.

Nov 14, 2008

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Nicola Cumming Design
Range
Smeg 90cm freestanding
Refrigeration
Westinghouse BJ433VR
Splashback
Azteca tiles
Benchtops
Stainless steel, linen finish
Blinds
LaHood
Kitchen sink
Burns & Ferrall
Washing machine and dryer
Bosch
Door and drawer handles
Antique Iron Cornall Beehive knobs
Architect
Bruce Campbell
Ventilation
Bosch DKE965 AU
Dishwasher
Bosch SG/55
Cabinetry
Solid swamp kauri
Flooring
Existing timber
Lighting
Lighthouse Alumination Lighting
Taps
Laska with pull-out spray from
Ironing board
Cornall pull-out

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