Clean lined but with an emphasis on natural materials, this kitchen doesn’t get in the way of its golf fairway views

With views to the rolling greens of a golf course, this kitchen strikes its own hole in one with a distinctive wood and black colour palette

Context was key for this airy kitchen, part of a new build for a retired couple fulfilling their dream of living on the edge of a golf course. And while ‘playing through’ is a popular golfing term, ‘seeing through’ was the apt phrase when it came to tweaking the initial layout.

Designer Chelsey Mathieson worked with the architect from early on to remove framed wing walls dividing the scullery and kitchen.

“Their removal allowed us to open up views to the golf course from the alfresco living at the front of the house,” says Mathieson. 

“The walls were replaced with a mitred veneer column on one side and a low peninsular island on the other, for a seamless flow between the spaces.”

​​​​​​​Extensive storage in this kitchen comes via a brown
​​​​​​​Extensive storage in this kitchen comes via a wealth of drawer space under the benchtops. The suspended shelving unit also helps create a sense of separation between kitchen and scullery.

This side island provides a dedicated cafe servery, while suspended metal shelving above helps retain a sense of separation between the  kitchen and scullery without blocking sightlines. Plus, locating the second sink in the cafe island means this can also serve the scullery.

Another challenge was achieving sufficient storage, while accommodating the high window in the scullery area. In response there is plenty of perimeter under-counter cabinetry, together with a large appliance garage with a roller door in the scullery to avoid a cluttered look. The counter height has also been raised in that area of the kitchen for the owners’ ease of use.

​​​​​​​With a large window at one end and brown, gray
​​​​​​​With a large window at one end and a wall of glass at the other, wall storage space was always going to be limited for this kitchen. Addressing this, there is a tall cabinet alongside the refrigerator and a generous appliance garage beyond that in the scullery.

In terms of looks, white and ordinary were not options for the couple, who were open to ideas re the materials as well as the layout.

Inspired by the environment, American oak veneer was utilised to bring the outdoors in. And this warm-wood finish is matched by  natural honed granite benchtops and a marble-look, large-format porcelain-sheet splashback.

“The cabinetry’s horizontal grain elongates the space and creates a modern European look.”

Credit list

Chelsey Mathieson, Vekart
Statuario Ultra Porcelain Sheet, from Tile Warehouse
Tiles from Tile Warehouse
PrimeArt Veneer – American Oak Planked, by Prime Panels
Jet Black Granite, honed
Selenium and Gallium, by Ikon
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Designed by: Chelsey Mathieson, Vekart

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Mark Scowen

19 Apr, 2020

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