Entertainer’s home benefits from custom cabinetry and a one-off kitchen-bar design

This spacious home has the air of a tropical getaway, reflecting a natural, relaxed ambience with a life-of-the-party kitchen-bar area at its heart – the kitchen and custom pieces seen throughout are by Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens

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​​​​​​​Open and relaxed, with a pool. spa pool, lagoon and lush plantings, this home sets the scene for a feature bar-kitchen and resort-like interiors by designer Kira Gray.

The architecture sets the initial scene for any home environment and the good bones of this resort-style home with its exposed wood rafters and flowing spaces does just that. From there, the interior design and life-of-the-party kitchen zone in particular let the tropical feel take flight.

Respected build company Probuilt Projects constructed the high-ceilinged, indoor-outdoor masonry home. The firm also worked closely with award-winning designer Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens on the dramatic bar-kitchen that’s at the very heart of the home.

Kira Gray also created the evocative interior design, along with key pieces throughout.

“Take me to a tropical island resort! That was the required aesthetic for this home, oozing island influence and set beside its own natural lagoon, surrounded by lush tropical plantings,” she says. 

“This set the scene for the one-of-a-kind combined entertainer’s bar and kitchen that makes you feel like you’re on a relaxed holiday.”

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​​​​​​​Island commonalities and island differences – the long island in this kitchen, by designer Kira Gray, is all in American white oak with continuous negative detailing. The bar top is in the same wood, while the kitchen-end benchtop is in a pale engineered stone. Differing bar stools also demarcate the two spaces.

Based on this concept, which was driven by the owner and typical of a resort, Kira Gray designed a feature ‘bar-kitchen’ as the focal point of the open-plan, indoor-outdoor living- entertaining zone at the rear of the home. 

Behind this space, she introduced a full kitchen workzone, which with slatted ceiling-mounted screen drawn all but disappears from sight.

“To front the combined bar-family kitchen, we designed a sculptural island that serves both areas,” says Gray.

However, there are demarcations between the bar zone and front-of-kitchen hangout area.

The long island is in American white oak with negative detailing. But while the chunky, raised bar counter is in the same warm wood, the kitchen benchtop is in slender engineered stone.

On the bar side, an ice maker, kegorator, beverage fridges, and ample bottle and glasses storage is all to hand along the back wall. On the kitchen side, there are small appliances, plate storage, a dishwasher, sink and servery.

“We introduced textural tiles and a mirrored splashback for added depth and reflection, while the American white oak cabinetry veneers blend with the floor and striking timber beams,” says Gray. 

“The light-toned paint and stone benchtop add a softening aspect to the design.”

​​​​​​​This custom master ensuite vanity continues the use architecture, bathroom, bathtub, Custom Vanity, Natural materials, Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens
​​​​​​​This custom master ensuite vanity continues the use of natural materials in the home – the vanity was designed by Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens.

The spacious, fully equipped, cooking and storage kitchen to the rear is simple, light and mainly white, with wood accents and tiling for continuity. The kitchen includes everything a busy family of six requires, including a pantry.

As interior designer on the home, Kira Gray has continued the relaxed feel right through the rest of the interior. As part of this, she designed a feature stained-oak headboard in the master bedroom that doubles as a generous his-and-hers walk-through dressing room on the bathroom side.

The wardrobe/bedhead also provides an easy separation between bedroom and ensuite and gained valuable usable space, a fact reflected by it winning Master Bedroom Suite  – Spatial Innovation at the 2019 NKBA awards.

“Pale, sandy wall tones feature throughout, along with casual rattan or wood furniture, to further the home’s island resort aesthetic.

“The custom wood bathroom vanity and powder room table with their slatted towel racks are part of this. All  wood elements connect with the solid wood floors that run throughout the airy home.”

Relaxed and welcoming, with natural wall tones and informal furniture in almost every room, this home’s carefully considered interiors really do transport you to a sunnier clime.


Credit list

Kitchen design and feature custom cabinetry
Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens; www.fyfekitchens.co.nz
Interior design
Kira Gray
Nova Scala drawer runners; Tiomos Soft-close hinges
Hafele Cutlery inserts, dividers, rubbish bins, towel rails, lights, and wine rack holders
Stained American White Oak Solid 90mm in Caprithane finish
Ice maker
Wall colour
Resene 16th Akaroa
Master suite wardrobe/bedhead
Stained American White Oak Veneer to wardrobe doors, ends and bedhead; pelmet, cavity slider – urethane finish
Stained American White Oak Veneer
Probuilt Projects
Kitchen/bar cabinetry, island and shelving
Stained American White Oak Veneer to back and ends of island, shelving and pelmets, rangehood shelf, in Caprithane finish; cabinet doors painted in custom colours
Blanco, in Silgranit White, by Hafele
Kitchen benchtops
Primestone engineered stone in Papamoa 30mm, from AGB Stone
Image Smokey Mirror – Image Glass
Beer on tap
Kegorator Master Series
Bosch Fridge/Freezer; Polar sliding door beverage fridges
American White Oak Stained, by Probuilt Projects
Wardrobe hardware
Hafele Nova Scala drawer runners, in White; Hafele Tiomos Soft Close hinges
Into the Blue by Peter Latham

Story by: Trendsideas

14 Oct, 2019

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