From inside out

Designed for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining, the kitchen in this beach house has a Corian benchtop that extends out to the terrace
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This sleek kitchen in a beach house features white lacquered cabinetry with Corian Rice Paper benchtops. A cut-away edge to the island is highlighted by backpainted glass and fluorescent lighting. Designer Celia Visser says this asymmetrical element was introduced to add visual interest to the base of the island, which is in full view of the living area.

Formality is left at the door when you're at the beach, which is exactly as it should be. After all, holiday homes are all about laid-back living and casual entertaining.

To create such a relaxing, low-maintenance environment for the owners of this beach house, designer Celia Visser of Celia Visser Design provided a simple, streamlined interior that maximises indoor-outdoor flow.

"Because the kitchen is always the social centre of the house, it needed to be positioned so the owners could move easily between the barbecue area and herb garden," Visser says. "We also wanted to enhance the ocean view."


This sleek kitchen in a beach house features countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, gray
This sleek kitchen in a beach house features white lacquered cabinetry with Corian Rice Paper benchtops. A cut-away edge to the island is highlighted by backpainted glass and fluorescent lighting. Designer Celia Visser says this asymmetrical element was introduced to add visual interest to the base of the island, which is in full view of the living area.

Materials were chosen with this in mind. The colour of the backpainted glass splashbacks, for example, reflects the blue-green of the sea.

To provide virtually seamless benchtops that would also be low maintenance, Visser specified Corian in Rice Paper from The Laminex Group.

"This solid surface has a slight fleck that makes the benchtop more interesting," she says. "Because the rear benchtop extends out beyond the glass to the terrace, I wanted the surface to be as seamless as possible."

This sleek kitchen in a beach house features interior design, gray
This sleek kitchen in a beach house features white lacquered cabinetry with Corian Rice Paper benchtops. A cut-away edge to the island is highlighted by backpainted glass and fluorescent lighting. Designer Celia Visser says this asymmetrical element was introduced to add visual interest to the base of the island, which is in full view of the living area.

Visser says she also chose Corian because it has long been a favoured material one that is suitable for use outdoors.

Scilm aluminium edging another product from The Laminex Group frames cabinets on the perimeter of the room, including a matching unit that forms a buffet in the dining area.

For details, contact The Laminex Group, freephone 0800 303 606. Or visit the website: www.thelaminexgroup.co.nz. To contact Celia Visser Design, phone (09) 917 1794.

Feb 02, 2010
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