Contemporary kitchen design in modern addition with silvertop ash cabinets

Modern family kitchen with solid timber cabinets, concrete breakfast bar, copper pendant lights and awning windows opening to the outdoors

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In this contemporary kitchen, an integrated refrigerator and pantry are provided within a tall, timber-wrapped, box-like element. Other cabinetry features white laminate. The design is by architect Julie Firkin.

Updating an older home to suit modern living can require a ruthless approach. And most often, it's the earlier add-ons and renovations that need to go.

That's exactly what was needed for this project, says architect Julie Firkin, who designed a two-storey extension to an Edwardian cottage.

"There was a lean-to added in the 1970s that needed to be demolished," she days. "It took up too much of the small site and was in bad shape and the living areas were very crammed."

Firkin says the kitchen needed to be central to the design. The owners, who are very keen cooks, wanted to be able to keep an eye on their children playing, both inside and out, while they were working in the kitchen.

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Solid silvertop ash features throughout the interior of this new addition to an older home, designed by architect Julie Firkin. The timber is teamed with concrete floors, a concrete breakfast bar, and copper light pendants.

"They also wanted a sustainable design, so we teamed natural timbers from a renewable resource with concrete. Other passive design features, including a cantilevered upper level, help to ensure the space is warmed by the sun in winter, yet shaded in summer."

Because the addition has two levels, the overall footprint could be minimised, creating space for a deck and grass. The kitchen, tucked beneath the cantilever, has large awning windows with gas struts that open up to this outdoor living area.

"The indoor-outdoor connection is great for entertaining," says the architect. "The counter has already been used as a soup kitchen and an ice-cream bar."

In keeping with the exterior of the addition, the kitchen cabinetry is crisp and contemporary, rather than rustic and busy.

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Large awning windows with hydraulic gas struts open up this kitchen to the outdoors food can be served directly from the counter. The overhead cabinets in front of the windows feature blue and green glass. The kitchen is within an addition to an Edwardian home. The architect for the renovation was Julie Firkin.

"The solid silvertop ash joinery has a clarity that makes it simple and soothing, yet is also warm and natural," says Firkin. "We teamed with this honed black granite benchtops and an expressed concrete breakfast bar and floor."

A timber-wrapped box-like element accommodates the refrigerator and pantry. The low cabinetry is in white laminate.

Other features include colourful green and blue glass cabinets in front of the windows, which cast an inviting glow throughout the space.

Credit list

Julie Firkin, Julie Firkin Architects
Solid silvertop ash wood; Laminex Ash White; coloured glass from Axess Glass
Dechirer Hexagon Moasia Decor from Urban Edge Ceramics
Fantini from Rogerseller
Rastaf recessed LED downlights from Artemide; Mr Copper pendants by Kate Stokes from Tongue & Groove
Overend Constructions
Solid honed black granite from Parthenon Marble; concrete on bar top
Abey Lago from Rogerseller
Mentone Mini Mix concrete topping in Snowstone with Quartz, with hydronic heating
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Story by: Colleen Hawkes

Photography by: Christine Francis

17 Feb, 2019

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