This new beachfront house is reminiscent of the Hamptons but with a modern aesthetic

Casual but sophisticated was the design brief for this new home by Craig Steere Architects

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This kitchen, in a new beachfront house designed by Craig Steere Architects features cabinetry that is reminiscent of houses in the Hamptons. In contrast, the sculptural marble island imparts a strong, modern aesthetic.

Casual, yet sophisticated that was the challenging design brief given to the architect of this new beach house.

Craig Steere of Craig Steere Architects says that on the one hand there was a call for a relaxed, beach aesthetic, but there was also a desire for a touch of the Hamptons.

"The project was all about achieving a balance between these two ideals," he says. "At the same time we had to accommodate a long, narrow site and maximise the views from all areas of the house."

The kitchen, which needed to be at the heart of the house, is positioned within the main living area on the long axis. Extra-large stacking glass doors open up both the kitchen and living area to a sheltered courtyard and outdoor dining area.


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Theres a touch of the contemporary and the traditional in this kitchen in a new beachfront house designed by Craig Steere Architects. The cabinetry is reminiscent of houses in the Hamptons, while the sculptural marble island imparts a strong, modern aesthetic. Air conditioning, although seldom used, is provided through vents in the toekicks.

"The doors peel back, so the entire corner is open to the outdoors, which makes it hard to define what is inside and what is out," Steere says. "The outdoor spaces become internal and vice versa. The courtyard is protected from the fresh sea breezes, but the sightlines remain it's still possible to enjoy the view through the living area and out to the beach on the other side. Even the master bedroom at the far end of the house benefits from this transparency. You can see right through the house to the sea beyond."

To evoke the Hamptons look, and to define the kitchen within the overall living area, there is a white-painted tongue-and-groove-style ceiling above the work area. Bands of clerestory windows immediately below this, on both sides of the space, introduce plenty of natural light.

The cabinetry continues the theme. Recessed panel doors and drawers have square-edged frame detailing, echoed by display cabinets and a sideboard in the dining area.

"It's a very simple detail, in keeping with the beach aesthetic," says Steere. "And there is no hint of any mouldings in the kitchen we wanted to ensure it was not over-decorated."

This kitchen, in a new beachfront house designed architecture, countertop, cuisine classique, floor, interior design, kitchen, room, gray
This kitchen, in a new beachfront house designed by Craig Steere Architects features cabinetry that is reminiscent of houses in the Hamptons. In contrast, the sculptural marble island imparts a strong, modern aesthetic.

The traditional references are balanced by an island that resembles a large block of marble. Statuario marble wraps the front, top and sides, and forms the splashback.

"The island has a strong sculptural quality, rather like a piece of art," says the architect. "The white, grey and dark grey veining in the marble complements the colour palette throughout the house."

Functionality is also assured. As well as the cabinetry storage in the main part of the kitchen there is an open scullery and computer nook tucked at the rear of the kitchen. The refrigerator, at the front of this space, is easily accessed from the main workstation and the outdoor dining area.

Jul 28, 2015

Credit list

Architect
Craig Steere, Craig Steere Architects
Cabinetry
Lacquered in Polar White
Sink
AFA Cubeline
Oven, cooktop and dishwasher
Miele
Refrigeration
Liebherr
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Kitchen manufacturer
Histonium Furniture
Benchtops and splashback
Statuario marble
Taps
Perrin & Rowe
Ventilation
Qasair
Water dispenser
Aqua Pure
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