Added character

Renovating this century-old kitchen created space and modern style within a traditional look
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A view of this kitchen featuring tiled flooring, Swamp Kauri and stone benchtops, Timber cabinetry by Mother Hubbards, stainless steel kitchen appliances

Creating modern functionality within a traditional kitchen can often mean sacrificing some of its original charm. But this doesn't have to be the case, as designer Debra De Lorenzo has proven with the modification of this century-old space.

De Lorenzo says that although the location was good and the existing farmhouse had an abundance of charm, it needed a lot of work before it could meet the owner's space and practicality requirements.

"A more modern, open space was required for a combined kitchen and living area, which needed to reflect the character of the house. The owners wanted a wood-burning Rayburn stove and an electric oven. They also requested plenty of storage space," says De Lorenzo.


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A view of the kitchen and dining areas, tiled floors, wooden dining suite and cabinetry, cream walls, lights, stone benchtops, appliances.

A central island adds functionality and separates the working areas. De Lorenzo says this was also crucial to improving useability.

"The island added a large and durable work surface. It's next to the Rayburn, so it has a heat-resistant granite benchtop."

Facing page: A blend of old and new brings this kitchen to life. The traditional look hides a highly efficient, light-filled work area and provides a warm entrance to the adjoining living room. The kitchen and living room are separated by the owner's antique table.

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A view of this kitchen featuring tiled flooring, Swamp Kauri and stone benchtops, Timber cabinetry by Mother Hubbards, stainless steel kitchen appliances

Above: The old cooker is a focal point, providing warmth and original character in the kitchen.

Aug 24, 2007

Credit list

Cabinetry
Mother Hubbard�s Cupboards
Bowls, handles and taps
In-Residence
Waste disposal unit
Bosch
Hobs
Smeg
Flooring
Travertine Tiles from
Hardware
Blum; Hettich
Dishwasher
Whirlaway
Oven
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