Kitchen trends have begun to move away from the clean, white minimalist look of recent times.
The sleek, contemporary lines remain, but designers are pushing the boundaries with their use of materials and how these relate to the house.
Timber, stone, glass and metal are among the materials being used in interesting ways as homeowners opt to create a hub of the home that has warmth, colour and personality.
When Sue Jackson, of Jackson & Jackson Architectural Design, was called in to design this kitchen, construction of the new home was well under way.
The kitchen area had already been allocated but the homeowners wanted something more family friendly and inviting than the proposed U-shaped design.
"With six grown children, and evenings regularly spent entertaining, they wanted a functional kitchen with lots of bench space and minimal clutter," says Jackson. "The space is also open to views of Canterbury's Port Hills and Southern Alps."
The kitchen is quite compact in comparison to the rest of the house, but is the centre of a relaxed, casual area of an otherwise formal home. There are adjoining dining and living areas.