Part of a barn-style addition built with recycled materials, this kitchen continues the home's green design ethos

Matt black and white cabinetry, and a hand-crafted wood island give this kitchen a semi-industrial feel that's in tune with the brick and steel extension it forms part of

Wheres the kitchen? The cooking workspace also doubles interior design, living room, lobby, loft, white, gray
Wheres the kitchen? The cooking workspace also doubles as a through space in this design by Maytree Studios.

The greenest house is the one already built, runs the eco-friendly adage, but should that also include brand new buildings constructed from pre-used materials? This double-height living, kitchen and rumpus space addition in the form of a traditional barn is an excellent case in point.

Designed by architect Rebecca Caldwell of Maytree Studios, the extension's structure and skin is built from recycled materials.

"The rugged portal frame with expressed steel connections and the second hand bricks also resulted in a semi-industrial aesthetic on the interior," says Caldwell. "And we looked to extend this semi-industrial feel to the kitchen where the brick wall becomes the splashback and the tall wall cabinets are in matt black."

On this project by Maytree Studios, the recycled countertop, interior design, kitchen, black
On this project by Maytree Studios, the recycled brick fabric of the expansive home addition becomes the kitchen splashback, furthering the semi-industrial look.

The furniture-look island also extends the recycled aspect of the design, being built by the homeowner from salvaged Tasmanian oak. This is used as a breakfast bar and casual dining area.

"In terms of functionality, the kitchen doubles as a through space, hence the understated, furniture-like appeal of the island. We created wide avenues between various areas of the kitchen so someone could be cooking and another passing easily through the space at the same time."

The kitchen is designed in zones and, despite the wide spaces, achieves a close work triangle.

High and mighty  this large two-level extension interior design, gray, black
High and mighty this large two-level extension takes the form of a traditional barn, with recycled steel portal frames and brickwork the principal construction materials. The architect centred the mezzanine floor directly over the new kitchen to help define it. Wide passages between the various cabinetry elements mean the kitchen also works seamlessly and unobtrusively as a through space.

"The tall cabinets near the island concertina open to reveal a large pantry, with provision for small appliances, while the cooking station is to the right. Both areas are a few steps from the island and the low L-shaped run of cabinetry on the other side of the space, used for prepping and clean-up as well as additional storage."

The crowning touch on the design, literally, is the mezzanine floor, which is centred directly over the workspace and helps give definition to the kitchen area.

Credit list

Architect, interior designer, kitchen designer
Rebecca Caldwell AIA, Maytree Studios
Window/door hardware
Accoya windows and doors with Centor fittings
Staron benchtops in Pebble Ebony and Pebble Frost; salvaged Tasmanian oak island bench manufactured by owner
Wallcoverings and splashback
Recycled bricks
Kitchen sink
Blanco Undermount sink
Oven, dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
Kitchen manufacturer
Cabinet Craft Sunshine Coast
Cabinet doors
Laminex Polar White and Black; salvaged Tasmanian Oak cupboard doors, created by owner
Honed concrete with Colorado mix from Hanson
Salvaged and repurposed by owner

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Toby Scott

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