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With an open layout and traditional cabinetry, this kitchen connects well with its surroundings in a 1900s-designed home. A custom rangehood and finely worked basketweave wood island benchtop are two of many stand-out features

The owners asked for an open kitchen with
The owners asked for an open kitchen with clear sight lines to the gardens and pool beyond. The design also had to connect with the home's 1900s detailing.

Designed by Davinia Sutton, Detail by Davinia Sutton 

From the designer:

The owners requested a large family friendly open kitchen with clear sight lines to the gardens and pool beyond. They also wanted the new kitchen to be in keeping with their home’s early 1900s architecture.

The existing kitchen was dark, cold and removed from the main living spaces.

By repositioning the kitchen, it now flows through to the main living spaces and connects with the garden and outdoor areas.


The feature rangehood was custom designed to work
The feature rangehood was custom designed to work with the traditional-look black induction range.

The strong feature of the design is the custom-made steel rangehood. This sets the stage and links the prep and wash zones with the adjacent pantry. The working pantry houses hidden appliances with dual fridges set alongside, all integrated to reinforce the traditional detailing.

The island provides storage for crockery and tableware and the front overhang creates room for informal seating.

A traditional cabinetry style with panelled doors, fluted columns and cornices has been used. 

Further attention to detail can be seen in the solid dovetailed timber drawers, solid stained French oak basket weave detail to the island top, solid stained oak carcasses and the integrated appliances.

A traditional white subway tile splashback works well
A traditional white subway tile splashback works well with the classic detailing – such as the cabinetry cup pulls and butler's sink.

A classic palette of off-white joinery and engineered benchtops sets the backdrop to the central island with its dark stained solid timber benchtop and drawer fronts.

Polished chrome nickel cup handles and knobs, along with the oiled rimu floors and brick bond tiled splashbacks nod to the 1900s era of architecture.

Lighting was kept simple and understated so that the kitchen connects with the site lines of the main living room and outdoor areas.

The result is a kitchen that is now unified within the surrounding living spaces; a showpiece with eye-catching detail and function.

From this side in particular, the kitchen island
From this side in particular, the kitchen island has the furniture look of a classic, hand woodworked dresser.

Credit list

Drawers
Blum
Feature drawers
Solid American white oak – stained
Finish
Hand-painted Resene Black White
Cornice profile
75mm, to match detail currently in home
Island door style
Solid American white oak with maximum 2mm radius, 60mm square frame with 5mm quirk to outside edge, 5mm set back to centre panel, clashed with American White Oak Veneer
Island benchtop
200 x 20mm solid American white oak, rustic laminations in basket weave – mid stain, oiled finish
Sinks
Double butlers sink
Oven
Belling
Ventilation
Custom-made, Powerpac
Flooring
Rimu (existing)
Cabinetry carcasses
Prime Panels
Feature carcass
American White Veneer
Door and drawer style
60mm square frame with 5mm quirk to outside edge, 5mm set back to centre panel
Handles
Armac Martin Bakes & Co Kitchen pulls, Armac Martin knob
Main benchtop material
Handstone Aurora Snow
Finish
Waxed with mid tint
Splashback
MHF hand cut tile, Warm White, 75 x 280mm
Taps
Perrin & Rowe
Dishwasher, integrated
Bosch
Refrigerator
Integrated
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Stephen Goodenough

21 Mar, 2021

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