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This light and airy kitchen is designed to accommodate the needs of the whole family, with plenty of space for the cook and room for the children to do their homework
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No matter how large the house, younger children generally prefer to play or do their homework close to their parents. Often the kitchen is the most convenient place for this, and, when there's plenty of space, the room becomes a gathering point for the whole family.

The owners of this new home wanted the kitchen to be light and airy. It also had to include an area where the three children could sit comfortably while their mother was working in the kitchen.

The home, designed by architect Tom Catalano, is traditional in style, but has a contemporary feel. The kitchen, with classic beaded, panelled and painted cabinetry, is part of a spacious family room. Arched windows in both areas frame views across the lawn and beyond.


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view of the kitchen featuring large windows, white cabinetry, polisehed timber flooring and rounded end to the kitchen island

"The kitchen is large and includes a central island with areas where meals can be prepared. This is rounded off at one end to provide separate seating. In addition, a dining table is adjacent to the island. It can be used for family meals and for larger homework projects," says the architect.

Because the style of the kitchen is traditional, it is symmetrical in its layout. Large sinks in the benchtop under the window are centralised and flanked by two dishwashers, drawers below the benchtop and matching cupboards above. The heating and air conditioning grilles are paired and integrated with the soffit on either side of the arched window. Cabinetry on both sides of the range and hood is also symmetrical. The rounded seating area on the end of the island provides a break from the pattern.

To avoid clutter, storage was important to the owners. Capacious pantry storage is provided in floor-to-ceiling cupboards that line the 3.65m-long side wall of the kitchen. A desk area includes mail slots for each member of the family.

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"To maximise storage and waste as little space as possible, we have even included crockery cupboards inside the plaster column that marks the line between the kitchen and dining areas," says Catalano.

The kitchen is central to the house, making it a pivotal space in the overall design, says Catalano.

With several work zones, a full-size, integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator, two underbench refrigerators and a separate butler's pantry with a wine cooler, the whole area works equally well for entertaining and for a family lifestyle.

Feb 23, 2007

Credit list

Main contractor
Kitchen design
Catalano Architects; Kochman, Reidt and Haigh
Cabinetry
White-painted softwood
Flooring
Sawn white oak with provincial stain
Windows and doors
Dining suite
British Khaki furniture, Bungalow dining table
Blinds
Conrad Designerline window shades in Desert Sand from Finelines Inc
Faucets
KWC Domo
Microwave
Sharp
Dishwashers
Gaggenau
Interior designer
Kitchen manufacturer
Kochman, Reidt and Haigh
Countertops
Dark-stained mahogany; Verde Meritaka granite from Interior Stone
Tiling
Sonoma Tile Makers from Discover Tile
Bar stools
Grange
Lighting
Classic Illuminations downlights from Chimera Lighting; Lindley and Associates from M-Geough
Sink
Franke
Oven, cooktop, ventilation
Thermador
Refrigerators
Sub-Zero
Waste unit
Wasteking
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