Specialist kitchen designer creates attractive, highly functional kitchen design

This attractive, feature-rich kitchen is the result of a detailed brief and a professional response by award-winning kitchen designer Kira Gray

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​​​​​​​Two pantries for food and crockery flank the entrance to the scullery in this kitchen design by Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens. The immovable post was squared up and clad to match the kitchen finish, with shelves added for interest. The sink and hob are sited to face the outdoor entertaining area.

Packing everything needed into a kitchen for a family that loves to bake and entertain might leave a design looking cluttered and crammed. Right? Well, not necessarily. Engaging a skilled kitchen designer such as Kira Gray will result in a balanced mix of great looks and functionality.

For this project, the existing kitchen was dated and bland and didn’t suit the needs of this foodie family who entertain often, says Gray.

“The owners had several requests that they wanted in the new space. These included a long serving bench, and a separate scullery specifically for baking needs but also to house a refrigerator and coffee machine,” says Gray.


“In terms of feel, they wanted a kitchen with an eclectic mix of materials for a unique look – they didn’t want a white kitchen.”

The kitchen had to work around an existing circular post and dark joinery, and offer easy connections to the bedrooms and the outdoors.

​​​​​​​Two pantries for food and crockery flank the house, home, kitchen design, Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens, cabinetry, Corian benchtop
​​​​​​​Two pantries for food and crockery flank the entrance to the scullery in this kitchen design by Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens. The immovable post was squared up and clad to match the kitchen finish, with shelves added for interest. The sink and hob are sited to face the outdoor entertaining area.

An existing hallway was transformed into the new scullery. A U-shape kitchen was chosen to achieve the large servery requested and to maximise seating. The new walkway through the kitchen connects all areas that lead outdoors.

A solid Corian benchtop with waterfall ends creates a balanced sculptural feature facing the family room. Accents of striking black stained oak blend with the existing joinery and contrast the painted grey cabinetry.

Back-painted glass panels continue linear/negative detailing right through the kitchen, while LED lights highlight specific areas at night.

For details, contact Fyfe Kitchens, phone: (09) 274 7055, Kira’s mobile: (027) 271 4705. Email: kira@fyfekitchens.co.nz; www.fyfekitchens.co.nz

Oct 09, 2018
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