Cafe-style kitchen

Kitchen renovation designed for professional chef features cabinets, black granite benchtop, glass mosaic tiles, oak bar top

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A place for everything and everything in its place baking supplies are kept above and below the baking workstation in this kitchen designed by Toni Roberts. With three ovens and plenty of bench space, it is possible for several people to work in the kitchen simultaneously. The splashback features shimmering mochaccino-coloured glass mosaics that ensure glamour is not sacrificed for functionality. The door at right leads into a matching laundry.

Modern cooking can provide a real sense of theatre, especially if the chef is a professional. But even for amateur cooks, the kitchen has become a focal point for entertaining.

This new kitchen was designed for Tracey and Dave Bartlett, who run a highly successful cafe and catering business, and not surprisingly, it had to meet the needs of the professional chefs in the family. Toni Roberts of Kitchen Architecture was commissioned to remodel the kitchen, to make it larger and better equipped.

"The family love to entertain, but they also use their kitchen for food testing and baking," Roberts says. "They required a main work area that would allow Dave to cook facing outwards, so he could talk to guests. There also needed to be bench space to plate up for 10 or more people. And they required a separate baking area and a drinks zone."

Roberts configured a 1.5m extension to the house to accommodate these elements, collaborating with the architectural draftsperson to ensure the design met council requirements.

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A removable wood prep board is integrated into the black granite benchtop beside the induction cooktop in this kitchen designed by Toni Roberts. The board is raised a few millimetres above the bench surface so items can be transferred easily to cooking pans.

"We needed to angle the ceiling at the end of the kitchen, but this is largely concealed by the bank of full-height cabinetry."

The designer positioned the baking area on this rear wall, but retained part of the original walls to accommodate cavity sliders and to minimise structural changes.

"These doors can be closed to screen off the baking zone from the drinks area on the right. This is especially helpful if the food mixer is being used. It functions like a scullery, but it's a lot more open and pleasant to work in we introduced a new full-height window to this end of the kitchen so it is flooded with light."

The main food preparation area comprises a sink bench under the window, and a long island with an induction cooktop. An L-shaped bar top provides additional bench space for plating up.

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Positioning the main work area so it faces outwards ensures the owners of this house can socialise with guests as they prepare meals. The long bar top provides extra space to plate up meals. The kitchen was designed by Toni Roberts.

"We continued the mainly black and white colour palette from the family room, but also introduced warm coffee shades, which give the kitchen a cafe aesthetic," says Roberts.

The mid-brown stain of the oak bar top highlights the woodgrain, while a dark-stained suspended shelf visually balances the Cosmic Black granite of the benchtop beneath.

"We teamed this with new classicwhite cabinetry recessed panel doors provide an enduring, handcrafted look," says Roberts.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Toni Roberts, Kitchen Architecture (Auckland)
Classic five panel in Resene Half Fossil satin lacquer
American white oak from Kings Fourth Generation; Corian in Cirrus White from L&A Installations; Cosmic Black granite from PSP Stonecraft
Timber prep board
Kings Fourth Generation
Blanco Alta Compact; Häfele
De Dietrich
Oxy Royal White tiles from Jacobsens
LED and uplighting by Fyfe Kitchens
Kitchen manufacturer
Fyfe Kitchens
Grass by Häfele; Blum Aventos
Arctic Wild Pepper glass tiles from Tile Warehouse
Ecogranit Aoraki in Black from Heritage Hardware
Fisher & Paykel
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