When you have a large kitchen dining area overlooking a full length verandah that overlooks a stunning harbour view, you would think that the kitchen would be a priority & the design of the kitchen would complement the space to maximise everything that this space offers.
Well that’s what you would think, but the builders of this wonderful house had no idea about kitchen design, functional kitchen space or resale value.
As you can see in the pictures, they allowed a roof support in the middle of the room to dictate the entire outcome of the design, look and function.
It’s hard to believe that even if the support had to stay, that a better design solution could not be attained.
This is how potential can be suffocated by inexperience. Many people take short cuts or listen to builders who sometimes want to take the easy way out & do not bring in professionals who know how to extract the very best result in design, look & function. This is false economy as you will never get the result that a highly experienced designer can deliver.
We met our clients at our Grand Design display in Sydney Australia. We were engaged to view the property & come up with a design solution.
Our clients had both retired & they both spent considerable time in the kitchen & they wanted to make this space the highly functional entertainer it should be for enjoying their friends, family & grandchildren. They both spent considerable time in the kitchen & found the space extremely tight, as there was one way in & out. They found they were on top of one another all the time & there was continual competition for bench space & the utensil area. The dishwasher when down was also a hindrance.
Other things to consider were added storage, clearer bench area & better bench-top lighting. The vacuum cleaner & brooms needed to be housed & a wall air conditioner had to be reinstalled & hidden in the joinery. Ease of use at bench-top level for appliances & easy access to cooking needs near the cooktop was desired. The client also needed a wine fridge to be a part of the kitchen inclusions.
The attached pictures show the finished product. Note the grooved drainer section in the stone for the sink and the electronic roller door over the appliance pantry which hides the air conditioner.
This is a clever way to give the kitchen a clean look when the air conditioner is not being used.
The kitchen is now highly functional & everything that the client desired has been achieved. This space now has the kitchen it deserves. The following is the appliance list colours & materials used.
Sinks – Abbey CR200 & CR450
Tap – Franke Rolux TA7032
Instant Hot Water – Insinkerator HC3300
Fridge – Fischer & Paykel RF610ADUX3
Oven – Smeg SMPA309X
Induction Cooktop – Smeg SIHP464S
Rangehood – Smeg undermount
Glass Splashback – Decoglaze Treasure Grove
Benchtop – Smartstone Milos 40mm
Joinery – White gloss
Handles – Kethy Latina range
“We met Brian and Brett through the “Grand Designs” exhibition at Darling Harbour last year. Jenny was quite intrigued by his ideas and proposals. We had never heard of a “kitchen broker” before and we were very interested to see how it would work. Brian came to our house and measured the kitchen area. He took photos and listened and spoke to us at length about our requirements leaving us with some suggestions and ideas for us to consider.
When he came back a week or so later, we were very impressed with the professionalism of his design, drawings and Cad Cam representations.
In early April the old kitchen was stripped out and we were off and running. Throughout the renovation Brian and Brett were incredibly supportive, any concerns or changes that we needed to make along the way were listened to and accommodated. There was always open, helpful and friendly discussion with the trades people involved and they kept the mess and disruption to a minimum.
We are absolutely delighted with the finished result, having gained an enormous amount of space, functional storage, beautiful finishes and a kitchen that works with ease.
Brian and Brett were a pleasure to work with and the trades people they recommended all did a first class job.
We highly recommend them.”
– Edward and Jenny Lee