While the previous kitchen worked functionally, the all gloss white cabinetry caused the space to lack personality and warmth. Our mission was to create a warm and modern entertaining hub for the home.
The adjacent butlers pantry / laundry also needed reconfiguring to transform it from an awkward space that lacked storage and bench space into a functional extension of the kitchen.
We began by retaining the galley layout, as it was the best use of the space, but planned a new design around the concept of the kitchen being part of the furniture. Our client has some beautiful pieces of solid Tasmanian Oak furniture within the open living area and this inspired the large 3m long timber bench top in the kitchen island.
Integrating the fridge and dishwasher behind the cabinetry & providing open shelving for display also allows the kitchen to look more like built in joinery rather than a collection of appliances on show.
An abundance of storage was created with an all drawer configuration on the island,while the back section is doors only for symmetry. The integrated dishwasher, sink, pull-out bin, integrated fridge and pantry all sit within this section.
Creating a space where friends can gather was also an important part of this design. The timber benchtop sits under a thick white stone slab giving different levels in which to work and sit.
With the kitchen being the central area of the open plan living, the butlers pantry was integra
l to the overall layout. It features a second sink and wine fridge, creating an area for preparation and cleaning which keeps the main kitchen free of clutter. The laundry is also neatly hidden away in this space in a wall of tall cabinetry.
Design by Ashlee Stark
The Inside Project