Many architectural features can add impact to the overall aesthetic of a house. When rooms are small and dark, however, often a primary aspect of the initial design is to create flow and let in the light.
The architect of this suburban villa was asked to re-design the existing layout, which was lacking in both space and light, to create a new kitchen adjoining an open-plan dining and living area. The clients, Karen and Martin Rigby, also wanted to achieve an indoor-outdoor flow from the living room, with easy access to the garden for their small children.
Designer Mark Marinovich, of John Mills Architects, says the project presented several challenges, one of them being the proximity of the neighbouring house.
"The villa is tucked up very close to the neighbour's property on the north-facing side, which meant much of this area lacked light and privacy," he says.
"The solution was to move the kitchen into the dining room, and to rotate the peninsula by 90°. With the walls removed, it created an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area."
Given free reign to select the colour palette, Marinovich chose shades of blue and mauve in the kitchen, with a fire-orange feature wall. A rosewood stain adds a deep, berry-like glow to the benchtop and stairs, and an avocado-green wall is a backdrop in the living room.
The dishwasher, sink and gas hob are positioned galley style on the peninsula, while the pantry, fridge, book shelf and wine rack are built in under the stairs on the back wall. On the opposite side of the peninsula, opaque cupboard doors conceal backlit shelving that the owners use to store crockery and glasses.