Room for two

Designer Sue Gillbanks of Kitchens by Design opened up the kitchen in this old villa, fulfilling the home owner's desire to create more cooking space

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The entire kitchen revolves around the island

Design: Sue Gillbanks – Kitchens by Design

About the project (text supplied):

The existing kitchen in this villa didn’t flow well and was very tired. The layout was U-shaped and too tight when more than one person was in the space. 

Also, the client had already purchased new appliances, and they were rather large for such a small kitchen. This created a huge challenge of how to maximise storage as well as accommodate the new appliances. 

Although the floor area available was small, I was allowed to extend into the dining room if it meant a better flow. The stud height was three metres.


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White brick gives the kitchen a New York deli aesthetic

The client asked for a total change in both function and style, specifically:

1. Extra storage for food and crockerySpace for two people cook, so separate zones were required for preparation and serving

2. Good lighting

3. Not a clinical white gloss look, but darker timber tones with touches of stainless steel and bronze

4. Keep it simple – Arts & Craft play a strong part in this home

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A single window in the kitchen features a wood frame and leafy views

This feel must continue in the new kitchen and must have character

With an extended family and lots of friends, entertaining was important, so good flow to the

greater living area and outside deck was important

Mar 05, 2018





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