Areas of operation – this modern kitchen is zoned for convenience

How to get the most out of your kitchen space? Well the short answer is create dedicated zones, so one or more can utilise the space at the same time. This kitchen is a highly efficient case in point

Designed by Michelle Gillbanks, Kitchens by Design

From the designer:

This kitchen was designed for a busy family, as part of a large renovation of their large classic-style home in Auckland, says designer Michelle Gillbanks of Kitchens by Design. 

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Stepped response – where the stairs go, the cabinetry follows. The result is a convenient leaner space on the outer edge of the kitchen.

One of the homeowner's requirements was for a multi-zoned space where individual members of the family could work independently, or come together as a group for entertaining or events. So as well as the normal kitchen functions, the owners wanted a breakfast/snack station for the teenagers; a coffee-prep area for the husband; and an integrated laundry/wet area. 

Other requirements were an entertainment area for grown-ups and excellent flow to the open-plan living area and the internal access garaging.

"Accommodating all these needs required some intricate space planning and lateral thinking – not least was the design of the large kitchen island that cleverly steps down into the lounge, extending the bench space and creating a ‘leaner’ area which contains a drinks fridge and storage for glasses," says Gillbanks. 

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Magnum Staturario large-format porcelain panels were chosen for this splashback – adding to the material dignity of the light-toned kitchen.

"Adjacent to the other end of the island is the teenagers’ snack area, concealed behind full-height, bifold cabinetry. And around the corner is the walk-in scullery that contains the coffee-making centre, laundry and access to the garage.”

"Budget was also important to my clients. Keeping to it, with such a large space, required careful and selective material choices. 

"Part of this was reserving the more expensive finishes for the areas directly on show – the splashback and island front are in a marbled porcelain, the overhead cabinetry is in stained oak veneer, and the island benchtop is Corian."

Credit list

American Oak, stained 1/2 Chocolate; Prime Oak Veneer and Satin Lacquer in Alabaster; Magnum Staturario on island
Corian Glacier White; stainless steel
Kitchen sink
Burns & Ferrall
Fisher & Paykel
Fisher & Paykel Power Pack
Bosch, semi-integrated
Wine fridge
Michelle Gillbanks, Kitchens by Design
Cabinetry hardware
Hafele Grass Nova drawer system and Blum Insertia hinges
Matai timber
Magnum Staturario, polished, from Granite Workshop
Plumbline Buddy
Bosch Induction
Fisher & Paykel
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap
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Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

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