Widening the horizon

Incorporating a corridor into this small kitchen not only makes it look spacious, but also creates good storage opportunities
Story by: Mary Webb
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View of a renovated kitchen which has had the hallway extended into the kitchen area, featuring lacquered and timber cabinetry, tiled splashback, benchtops, kitchen island with two hanging lights above it.

In a small house, removing a single wall can have a huge effect on the overall space. Architect Katherine Kemp was asked to renovate the ground level of this small terrace house to improve the kitchen and the flow from it to the living area.

A corridor, which previously led from the front entry past a small kitchen to the living room at the rear of the house, was removed. As well as linking the two spaces, this added much-needed extra width to the kitchen.


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View of the light fittings made from Campari bottles.

Interior and kitchen consultant Russell Grainger designed an island breakfast bar between the kitchen and living area. With exposed timber legs and a light-coloured base it looks more like a rustic kitchen table than an island, helping the kitchen feel more spacious. Open shelves allow the owners to add colour, texture and interest to the kitchen.

Storage, including a pull-out pantry, a wine bar, an alcove for mixing drinks and a large refrigerator, was built on the wall previously in the corridor.

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View of the plans for the kitchen.

"By using the same materials in the kitchen and living area, the two spaces now flow together, and both feel open and spacious," says Kemp.

Jun 03, 2009

Credit list

Interior and kitchen design
Russell Grainger Design Consultant
Cabinetry
European Oak; crown cut
Island benchtop
Stone Italiana
Oven, cooktop, ventilation and dishwasher
Miele
Flooring
Victorian Ash
Builder
Four Walls
Perimeter benchtops
European Oak
Splashback
Signorino
Refrigeration
Jenn-Air
Lighting
Space Furniture
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