Close to nature

Varying the floor levels in this home ensures views of nearby bush and sea can be enjoyed from both the kitchen and living areas
Story by: Mary Webb Photography by: Paul McCredie
Raised floor kitchen. Stainless steel Binova cooktop. American architecture, house, interior design, living room, real estate, window, gray
Raised floor kitchen. Stainless steel Binova cooktop. American Oak cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances. Wood floors.

When the views are the hero, a simple design and materials that blend into the background are likely to provide the most effective solution.

Interior designer Irene James selected a simple palette of materials for the kitchen in this home on a tree- and native bush-clad site above Wellington Harbour.


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View of kitchen which features oak floors, and oak cabinetry, stainless steel cooktop that extends out, supported by a wooden box, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances.

American oak on both the cabinetry and wall panels, stainless steel appliances and Carrara marble benchtops combine to create a kitchen that is modern but, at the same time, hints at the owners' love of the industrial provincial style.

To make the most of the outlook, the kitchen is located between informal and formal living and dining areas. With a raised floor level, the kitchen looks out over the informal living space, and the view can be enjoyed from both areas.

Raised floor kitchen. Stainless steel Binova cooktop. American architecture, daylighting, interior design, kitchen, white, gray
Raised floor kitchen. Stainless steel Binova cooktop. American Oak cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances. Wood floors.

To ensure that the kitchen doesn't appear to tower above the seating area, James designed the space so cabinetry between the two areas does not present a solid face to this room. A stainless steel unit containing the cooktop and storage drawers straddles the space. It is anchored on one side by a timber wall housing ovens and shelf units, creating partial separation from the formal living spaces. On the other side of the cooking unit, a low timber box doubles as a convenient spot for depositing shopping bags and as casual seating. A large pantry, behind sliding frosted glass doors by the refrigerator, provides generous storage.

Feb 08, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen design
Irene James
Oven
De Dietrich from Prestige
Refrigeration
Liebherr
Cabinetry
American oak veneer
Flooring, walls
Herman Pacific American oak
Taps
SpazioCasa
Kitchen manufacturer
Isle of Roxborough
Cooktop, ventilation
Binova from Italy and Kitchens
Dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer
Benchtops
Bramco Carrara marble
Fan
Boffi from Italy and Kitchens
Waste disposal
InSinkErator
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