Classic detailing, a furniture look, some colour and visual connections were all part of the equation for this home's character-filled family kitchen

Designed by Mona Hurnen, Callidus Architects

From the whole house architects:


Upgrading this classic bungalow in Khandallah meant a total review of the entire house, from kitchen to landscaping. 

Suffering from extensions done in the infamous 1970s, the house was fully reworked throughout to achieve in-keeping period details and a consistent flow of the living spaces to suit a busy family of five.

The owners wanted more colour than their previous new build they had moved from to add more character to the spaces.

Detail and custom finishes throughout results in a correct design response suiting the house and its heritage, while being fully upgraded to suit today's standards of living comfort.

Flexible open plan living with large internal doors allows for easy family interaction and passive surveillance of the smaller children.

The kitchen

The design intent for the kitchen was to have something different, in keeping with the house and with some colour. 

At the same time, the kitchen needed to blend successfully into the open-plan living area and have the look of attractive furniture.

The challenge when converting older character homes from more traditional individual rooms into more modern open plan is to ensure that the character of the property is not lost.

To this end, careful attention to detailing, column finishes, panelling and the incorporation of curved character features were all part of the scheme.

Custom design options allowed for clever storage cupboards disguised to look like panelling or even set above the freestanding oven to read as part of the large rangehood. 

All the owners appliances were measured as part of the design process to ensure that they fitted into the various storage areas.

It was important to keep the views out to the garden from the sink position as well as allowing for passive surveillance of children sitting at the dining table or at the study desk area, which was also inbuilt into kitchen design.

Pocket doors can be closed off to the adjacent family lounge – allowing for family life versatility.

Timber trim and scotia and ceiling treatments together with traditional tapware, lighting and accessories completes the overall final look.

Credit list

Architect-designed kitchen
Cabinetry hardware
Mardeco pull handle, antique brass, from Sopersmac
Pressed tin Clover pattern, spray painted in Resene Rice Cake
Freestanding, induction
Fisher & Paykel, freestanding, French Door Refrigerator; ice & water dispenser
Recycled Matai
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Hadrian Noble; Noble kitchen island – PU 5608 Satin finish, spray painted in Resene Merino; balance of cabinets – PU 5608 Satin Finish, spray painted in Resene Powder Blue
Caesarstone – Carrara
Kitchen sink
Shaws Classic Brindle 800 fully undermount white
Sirius, under-mount
Miele, fully integrated
Over island – Early Settler Buckingham 3 Light Servery; over dining table – Early Settler, replica Oly Pipa bowl chandelier

Designed by: Callidus Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Aramani Brouwer

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