"The granite has rich, textural qualities," says Roberts. "I wanted to balance these by using smooth, block colours for the cabinetry, that wouldn't compete with the impact the granite has on the room."
The inspiration for the two colours used for the cabinetry lacquer was drawn from the leaves of a native tree. The various hues provided a palette of nine shades, which have been used throughout the house.
Taking into consideration the colours of the granite, the wood flooring and the stainless steel appliances, a warm gold was selected for the cabinetry. This is contrasted by the dark charcoal used on the long, open shelf unit. Roberts designed the proportions of these shelves to precisely match those of the windows above. This darker area provides a point of interest to what would otherwise have been a bland rear wall.
Aesthetics aside, Roberts says the functional requirements of the kitchen are also well articulated, and have been carefully thought through. By keeping the end pantries shallow, plenty of floor space is left clear for the island in the middle of the room. The shallow pantries also make all the food items and crockery stored within easily visible and accessible.
Initially, Roberts envisaged that the oven and hob would be at the far end of the room. However, after close consultation with the builder, the design was rearranged to maximise the ducting void available for the rangehood and thus retain its efficiency.
The design has the added benefit of the dishwasher and crockery storage being close to each other dishes can be put away in the adjacent cupboards, without getting in the way of the cook.