The importance of the kitchen and the role it plays in family life can never be underestimated.
In this home, the original kitchen was placed on the south side of the house, and blocked off from a family room that opened to a sunny deck on the north. Not surprisingly, opening up the entire space was a priority for designer Kira Gray, who redesigned the kitchen, which was manufactured by Fyfe Kitchens.
"Because the family room did not relate to the kitchen, it was essentially a dead space in the middle of the house," Gray says. "By removing a few walls, including a wall separating the central stairwell, we were able to open up the house from front to back and top to bottom. We also extended the glass balustrade to the stairs. These changes immediately opened up the space, the light poured in and a sense of flow was created."
The designer says the working kitchen was given top priority, and positioned near the doors opening to the outdoors.
"The owners wanted a kitchen that would be a real conversation piece it needed to have plenty of dramatic impact. To help achieve this, the working part of the kitchen is framed in timber. This wraps right around the cooking centre and forms a pelmet for the lighting."