Renovated kitchen now connects to adjacent spaces and improves flow of home

Comprehensive kitchen makeover by designer Kira Gray creates light and airy space for family and entertaining

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Kallan Macleod
Dark becomes white, and cool becomes warm, in countertop, estate, home, interior design, kitchen, property, real estate, gray
Dark becomes white, and cool becomes warm, in this comprehensive makeover of kitchen and surroundings by designer Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens. The project involved knocking down walls and extending the rear of the home following architect plans, in pu

The kitchen is the hub of the home as the adage runs change this pivotal space and the feel of the whole interior can lift.

When designer Kira Gray came to this project, the existing kitchen was dated, dark and had a cold appearance.

"It lacked storage and bench space and, being separate from the living spaces, there had been nowhere to sit or entertain," she says. "In its place, the owners wanted a bright, warm space, with a blend of modern and traditional elements to link with the home's traditional aesthetic.

"They also wanted the new design to integrate with its wider surroundings."


The scullery area in this Kira Gray kitchen cabinetry, countertop, interior design, kitchen, room, shelf, shelving, gray
The scullery area in this Kira Gray kitchen project is positioned by a window overlooking the garden.

Working from architect's plans, walls were removed, spaces rearranged, and the home even extended to achieve a large kitchen with separate scullery. The kitchen opens to gardens and deck in one direction and to dining and family rooms in another ideal for gatherings of family and guests.

In terms of functionality, the hob and concealed hood are set centrally at the rear of the space, with bench space and glass-front display cabinets to either side.

"The owners had wanted an artisanal feel for the kitchen, too, and the addition of hand-made, undulating grey tiles for the splashback helped achieved this," says Gray. "A slender pantry to one side provides additional handy storage."

At the other end of the kitchen is the prep sink, positioned so the chef can clean up and take in the garden at the same time.

This kitchen renovation by designer Kira Gray offers cabinetry, countertop, home, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, gray
This kitchen renovation by designer Kira Gray offers plenty of space between the island and the perimeter cabinetry, allowing more than one family member to use the workspace at once.

For the traditional accent, the designer chose classic cabinetry frames and a panel door style with internal bevel, all in white. Bright chrome cup pulls and knobs bring pops of interest and these visually link with the metal pendants over the island.

The island's wood cabinetry with its solid corner posts adds to the traditional accent. Free from a sink or other inserts, the island benchtop has a more modern appeal, while a drinks fridge is set underneath.

Sleek glass and steel appliances offer a contrasting contemporary touch.

"The kitchen's predominantly neutral tones bring serenity while the greenery of the indoor plants links with the natural world outside," says Gray.

Oct 25, 2017

Credit list

Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens
Cabinetry hardware
Grass Nova Pro full-extension drawers; Tiomos Impresso soft-close hinges; Blum Aventos lift fittings; Windsor chrome pulls, Hettich Cirpi Chrome Knob
Tiles from Tile Space
Kitchen sink
Sodium by IKON Commercial
Oven, cooktop, dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
Water dispenser
Perimeter cabinetry 2 pot urethane satin lacquer, custom bevel panel doors, colonial cornice; Island urethane-stained American white oak bevel-panelled doors, solid oak posts with bevel edge and skirting detail
Benchtops and under-window upstand
Silestone Lagoon
Impressive Classic Oak Natural laminate floor from Just Hardwood Floors.
Smeg Classic power pac
Wine fridge
Trends International Design Awards





Similar stories

Using natural stone to brighten up your kitchen

Calacatta Blanco from Smartstone acts almost like another light source in this Southern Queensland home Read more

Be water wise – simple water saving tips

Water wastage isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s expensive too, with every little bit of waste adding up to a bigger monthly water bill.  Read more

The latest design trends from EuroCucina in Milan

Celia Visser brings you a small taste of some of the design trends happening in the northern hemisphere – straight from the international kitchen fair, EuroCucina, held recently in Milan Read more

Latest books

Home Trends 3403

The design of our homes – new or renovated – should be an individualistic response to our lifestyle, family set-up and budget. But there are also common requirements we should all aim for – a balance of public and private space... Read more

Fowler Homes

These high-quality homes proudly designed and built by Fowler Homes are just the starting point for your own inspiration. They reflect the latest and best  ideas, materials and technologies to benefit your own home Read more

Home Trends 3306

Renovating a tired and dated kitchen will not only add to your enjoyment of cooking – it can also totally transform the way you use all of your living spaces, indoors and out. But where do you start and what's actually possible... Read more

Related profiles

Universal Granite & Marbles

Looking for tough beautiful surfaces for your next big project? Read more


The new leader of home design and fashion in New Zealand, representing some of the best flooring and plumbing manufacturers in the world, and with the most exclusive range of flooring and wall tiles the market can offer. Read more

Fyfe Kitchens Limited

Fyfe Kitchens Limited is a New Zealand owned and operated business. Based in Auckland, we design and manufacture complete cabinet solutions backed by over 40 years of experience. Read more