Historic context

This renovated kitchen maintains past links while serving up a modern treat
Story by: Justin Foote
Kitchen designer Keith Sheedy worked in close contact floor, flooring, hardwood, interior design, kitchen, living room, real estate, room, wood flooring, gray, brown
Kitchen designer Keith Sheedy worked in close contact with the homeowner to produce a kitchen that combines character and functionality. A four-oven Aga range enhances the period aspect of the home. Traditional materials, such as Calacatta marble, have been incorporated into the design, but in a very modern way.

Everyone who has renovated a period home has faced the same dilemma maintain the character of the original, or expunge it totally and start afresh. Certain rooms lend themselves to one aspect or the other, but an eclectic mix of styles can be jarring if not carried out by a practiced hand.

The featured property was built in 1894 and during the recent renovation, the homeowners wished to preserve elements of the Victorian formality inherent in the building, while at the same time, incorporating a modern aesthetic particularly in the new open-plan living area, says Keith Sheedy of Focal Kitchens.

"The homeowner, an interior designer, was after a kitchen that made use of the existing space, capitalising on the traditional elements already there, but extending to the modern trend for a showpiece."


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Kitchen designer Keith Sheedy worked in close contact with the homeowner to produce a kitchen that combines character and functionality. A four-oven Aga range enhances the period aspect of the home. Traditional materials, such as Calacatta marble, have been incorporated into the design, but in a very modern way.

When guests enter the living area, their first view of the kitchen takes in the Calacatta marble island, a glimpse of the Aga range, and the vibrant orange cabinetry. All preparation areas are tucked around the corner from a wall of bifold doors that cleverly conceal an office nook.

"The office nook backs onto the scullery," says Sheedy. "Once the cornerstone of traditional kitchens, sculleries are again proving their worth. This one includes preparation and clean-up facilities."

In this way, what appears to be a galley-style kitchen is in fact L-shaped, with food preparation essentials contained in one area, leaving the rest for entertaining.

Kitchen designer Keith Sheedy worked in close contact floor, flooring, hardwood, interior design, kitchen, living room, real estate, room, wood flooring, gray, brown
Kitchen designer Keith Sheedy worked in close contact with the homeowner to produce a kitchen that combines character and functionality. A four-oven Aga range enhances the period aspect of the home. Traditional materials, such as Calacatta marble, have been incorporated into the design, but in a very modern way.

The bold Aga range was originally meant to be a combination of modern ovens, but the homeowner opted for the traditional look a decision the whole family enjoys, says Sheedy.

"Dad and the kids cook fresh pizzas on Sunday nights in the roasting oven, while the simmer oven takes care of all-day casseroles, proving some of the old ideas are still the best."

Feb 02, 2010

Credit list

Interior designer
Inhabiting Flair
Kitchen manufacturer
Focal Kitchens
Ventilation
Qasair
Dishwasher
Miele
Cabinetry
American oak veneer and coloured glass with fine aluminium trim
Flooring
American oak from
Kitchen sink
Franke
Waste disposal
InSinkErator
Window hardware
Finer Fittings
Kitchen designer
Keith Sheedy,
Range
Aga
Refrigeration
Liebherr
Splashback
Eco Light Texture tiles from City Tiler
Benchtops
Textured stainless steel; Calacatta marble
Lighting
Marset from Lights + Tracks
Taps
Gessi
Water dispenser
Zip
Door hardware
Period Detail
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