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This kitchen was positioned to maximise a lake view in one direction and to overlook an outdoor family living area in the other

View of this kitchen featuring polished concrete flooring, countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, white, gray
View of this kitchen featuring polished concrete flooring, resin terazzo countertop & splashback, Miele kitchen appliances, stainless rangehood, lacquer cabinetry

It's official. You can have the best of both worlds a kitchen with a view through to the front and the rear of the house.

For the owners of this property, the visual connection works on several levels, says architect Craig Steere.

"The kitchen provides a great view of a lake and a park at the front of the house, yet also allows the owners to overlook the family living area and pool at the rear of the house," he says. "As well, the kitchen's central position between the formal and informal living areas makes it ideal for both entertaining and catering to the needs of a busy family. It's the hub of the ground floor."

Steere says the contemporary architecture helps the visual connections external walls and one large internal wall are all fully glazed.

view of the outdoor kitchen featuring stainless steel countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, white, gray
view of the outdoor kitchen featuring stainless steel kitchen cabinetry, pizza oven, outdoor dining table

"The kitchen was designed to complement the modern, clean-lined look of the rest of the house," he says. "We didn't want it to make a statement colour-wise because of its dominant position. It needed to be simple and subtle, so it would sit quietly within the open-plan interior."

To this end, the all-white cabinetry is similar to other built-in cabinets in the house, such as in the television and dining rooms. A long, 4.25m island is topped with a resin-based terrazzo bench, which also wraps down the ends.

"The benchtop has small flecks of grey that add a little warmth to the space," says Steere. "The terrazzo also works visually with the aggregate and white Carrara marble chips in the polished concrete flooring. This was laid with a white, rather than the standard grey, cement mix."

To fully equip the kitchen for entertaining, there are several Miele ovens, including a steam oven and convection microwave. There is also a built-in coffee machine. A curved stainless steel hood adds a sculptural element to the cooking centre.

Close up view of the Miele ovens, and countertop, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, kitchen stove, product design, room, white
Close up view of the Miele ovens, and staionless rangehoods

The kitchen's real point of difference, however, is the walk-in cool room, which doubles as a pantry. To store everyday items, there is an additional refrigerator beside the wall ovens, and a separate freezer.

The owners' love of entertaining also determined the design of the alfresco living areas there are two outdoor kitchens, one at the front and one at the back of the house. The rear outdoor kitchen, shown above, is equipped with commercial barbecue facilities and a pizza oven.

Visual continuity is provided by the use of polished concrete flooring similar to the main kitchen, and granite benchtops that have a speckled look.

Adjustable overhead louvres help ensure this area can be enjoyed year round.

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
BGC Concrete
Satin two-pack lacquer
Benchtops and splashback
Forezzi resin terrazzo
Rogerseller Café square
Ovens, coffee machine and dishwasher
Quasair Majestic
Pizza oven
Avanti Glass
Light 4 Zen square
Cabinet hardware
Barbecue and chargrill
Stainless steel cabinetry

Story by: Trendsideas

23 Feb, 2007