Maximising a sense of space and light

The central feature of a wider home renovation, this kitchen still achieves a minimalist aesthetic

​​​​​​​A modern kitchen in a modest-sized home, this white
​​​​​​​A modern kitchen in a modest-sized home, this thoughtful renovation by designer Amanda Pike, of Pike Withers, optimises space, storage and close work triangles.

Standing out as well as fitting in can be quite a trick for an open, on-show kitchen. However, achieving that double duty was part of the brief for this kitchen by designer Amanda Pike.

“The owners’ main aim was to maximise the sense of space and light in the living area and kitchen – prior to this renovation the interiors had generally felt cramped and dark."

"They also wanted the kitchen to be the focus of the wider interior yet blend easily into the living space.”

Plus, the kitchen had to offer the relaxed air suited to the home’s sunny beachside suburb.

To merge the kitchen with its setting, Pike created a minimalist, clean-lined design that worked well with the home’s crisp architecture.

​​​​​​​This kitchen’s minimalist lines connect with the wider white
​​​​​​​This kitchen’s minimalist lines connect with the wider interior, while the veined quartzite benchtops and dark brown-toned island and rear cabinetry make a material statement. Black pendants add to the kitchen’s two-tone decor.

Plus, the kitchen’s broad functionality is played down visually, with most appliances, plenty of storage and a pantry all tucked into the tall bank of cabinetry to the right of the island.

However, while both these factors helped the kitchen to fit in, Pike’s choice of feature surfaces ensures it also casually stands out. The veined quartzite benchtops and splashback,  and the dark brown-stained oak island and rear cabinetry are examples.

​​​​​​​To give as much space as possible to white
​​​​​​​To give as much space as possible to this kitchen in visual terms, the designer engineered a cantilevered steel and wood stair that doesn’t encroach on the island area or enclose it too much. Chamois wood floor boards work well with the deep brown and white theme and add to the relaxed yet upmarket feel of the coastal home.

To make the space seem larger and sunnier, a high window was introduced to a side wall that runs the full depth of the kitchen. 

However, the new window also required a new large structural steel beam and support post that had to be concealed within the joinery.

“For a seamless outcome, although making the job somewhat trickier, we wanted all the joinery, appliances and nearby living area fireplace to be in one continuous line. This meant aligning everything with the new formwork running along the top of the white cabinetry.”

Pike also designed the adjacent cantilevered stair to contribute to the light, open aesthetic.

Credit list

Amanda Pike, Pike Withers
Kitchen sink
Franke, from Winning Appliances
Oven, cooktop
Refrigerator and wine fridge
Sub-Zero, from Winning Appliances
Chamois oak timber boards from Tongue and Groove
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Two Pack Polyurethane painted Dulux Natural White; Briggs Smoked Oak Veneer
Benchtops and splashback
Cortona quartzite slabs, honed, from Artedomus
Vola from Candana
Quasair, from Winning Appliances
Flos downlights and stair lights from Euroluce; iGuzzini downlights;Toss B pendant from Hub Furniture

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Tom Ferguson

01 Mar, 2020

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