"You'll always find me in the kitchen at parties."
Suburban brick-veneer transformed
The client of this typical suburban house is a Chef. She had lived with the previous, tiny, very basic, kitchen that came with the house for almost thirty years. The original kitchen shared the space the new kitchen uses with a pointlessly small 'meals' area. Removing a space-sapping corner pantry and moving the dining table to the adjacent family room gave a decent sized space to design a well laid out and equiped kitchen without needing to extend or make any structural changes. My client was delighted with the result.
If you can't hide it, minimise it ...
Vastly improving functionality while halving the space consumed was quite the challenge with the renovation of this apartment's kitchen. The previous kitchen had the dubious feature of both it's dishwasher and a fridge doors hitting the wall opposite them when opened. The renovation saw a total rearrangement of the interior but was restricted by a service duct passing through the apartment. The duct was downsized to minimise it's footprint and clad in polished stainless steel to provide interest and ever-changing images in its reflective surfaces.
No longer embarrassing
The original kitchen in this house had no redeeming features and was an embarrassment to its owners. It lacked storage and bench space, had terrible lighting, no ventilation, was very grey and was so badly made it was falling apart.
The solution involved completely redesigning the layout. This added enormously to the functionality of the kitchen and also provided much improved access to the rest of the house. The use of natural stone, timber and wicker added a sense of connection to the environment.
These clients engaged me when they saw the square kitchen their builder had indicated on their their house extension drawings (I have previously worked with them: also see their ‘orange’ hallway in the Hallway portfolio). They did not want a bland stereotypical kitchen. They wanted a kitchen that would be pleasurable to be in, nice to touch, delightful to look at, environmentally responsible, and super-practical for their four person household. The end product delights the senses of all who see and use it.
Australian suburban homes often have generous laundry rooms. However these often have the most miserable fit-outs. This example, which featured a tired metal trough and nothing else, was typical. Worse was that the main toilet was accessed through this room so all guests got to see that there was nowhere to hide brooms, mops, vacuum cleaner, dirty laundry etc. Customised joinery has maximised storage. A front-loading washing machine and a smaller trough has maximised bench-space. Colourful wall tiles and white cupboards compliment the original Cedar timber ensuring this space is no longer daggy, even on washing day.
The original kitchen in this Bungalow was extremely basic, gloomy, and had certainly seen better days. As the clients love cooking, the new kitchen incorporated a range of specialist appliances and was designed to maximise storage and bench space while being efficient to work in and clean. The new design freed up space to house the dining area in the same room and a wall was removed to join the kitchen to an existing rear living room. Timber flooring was installed and a new colour scheme created that linked with the rest of the home.
The appliances in this twenty, or so, year old kitchen were barely working, the Laminex bench tops were marked and the decor and windows were very dated. However, the timber veneer cupboards and tiled floors were in good condition. My clients, who had just purchased the house, wanted it refreshed but couldn’t justify the expense of a totally new kitchen. New appliances were sourced, custom made wall shelves and stainless steel benches with integrated sink bowls and drain-boards were manufactured, the splash back tiles were replaced as were the windows and light fittings. The changes totally transformed the look and functionality of the kitchen. I doubt the previous owners would recognise it.
The replacement of the original 90s low-budget laminate kitchen in this inner-Sydney apartment allowed the introduction of space saving appliances and sophisticated finishes. The existing full-size, and space sapping, dishwasher, oven, hotplates and microwave oven were replaced with a single Fisher & Paykel Dishdrawer dishwasher, a single-unit Combi Oven, and a two-element ceramic hob. These appliances freed up space for significant additional storage space while still providing a fully functional kitchen. The kitchen was also given a style boost with the use of black granite, gloss surfaces, and hidden appliances.
I had designed the extension to an old Villa to house this kitchen many years prior to the clients completing the works. The clients had their minds set on a ‘Farmers’ kitchen and engaged my help so they could realise this style within their home. My mantra relating to the detailing of this kitchen was ‘if you are going to go over-the-top, then go really over-the-top’. My clients are delighted with the end result.
A love of colour
This kitchen is part of recently renovated 50-60s house that is best described as unique (in a good way). The client has a fantastic range of classic and retro furniture that is funky and colourful. She loves colour, but was hesitant to use bright colours in her kitchen. Once she got over the initial shock of my suggested colour scheme, she bravely acted on it and now loves her new space.
Drama and function
The removal of one ill-placed cupboard and the re-positioning of another allowed enough space for the addition of a new full-size upright gas stove, a free-standing dishwasher, extra shelving and an industrial bench on castors. The injection of the deep red colour on the cupboards contrasts with the deep green of the five potted Sansevieria on the windowsill and the stainless steel of the appliances and the charcoal bench. The result is a dramatic and functional kitchen that also acts as a comfortable and relaxed dining space.
This kitchen was designed for the new Adelaide office of the architectural firm DesignInc. The space needed to function as a break-out area for staff and occasionally be used for meetings. Equipment such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, bins and the water chiller/boiler were all integrated within the joinery of this compact kitchen. The bright and fun colour scheme picks up on the corporate scheme used more subtly through the rest of the office.
Simple but dramatic changes
Another utterly dull cream on cream colour scheme transformed by using deep paint colours on the walls and cupboards. The replacement of the old cream enamelled upright stove with a stainless steel and glass model also helped create a more contemporary image. The existing classic black and white floor tiles, and white wall tiles appear dramatic alongside the new paint colours.
This alcove was originally this apartment’s laundry. Housing a combined washer/dryer, dishwasher, sink and compact cook top within this alcove, permitted the large original box-like kitchen to be removed, and together with the removal of the separate dining room the living area this apartment was tripled in size. The exposed pipe work, polished concrete floor, metal workbench, and open metal shelving add a sense of industrial chic to this space.