Looking back at the transformation of one of our recent projects located in Chapel Hill, as it just scored KBDi’s Winning Designer Large Kitchens QLD of the year a few weekends ago!
Set high on the hill with a beautiful bush outlook the existing home before the renovations had a very dominating 1990’s style, with many out-dated features and colours. The home contained a lot of bold teal coloured window and door framings and ridged inbuilt cabinetry which broke up the space and restricted the overall cohesion of the home. However, the clients loved the distinctive architectural style of the existing home which included lots of timber, curved walls and vaulted ceilings which we wanted to celebrate in the design outcome.
The brief from the client was for their new kitchen to be well organised, open and modern with some subtle design detail, whilst opening the space up to allow for entertaining opportunities which the existing set lout lacked. The owners fell in love with their newly purchased home because of the beautiful curved walls and ceiling that the house featured which always remained a big focus.
Our first move was to reconfigure the kitchen to an island style, this opened up the space and created flow to the outdoor dining area which was a must for this design to celebrate the clients decking and landscaping work that was being completed. The new kitchen was designed to complement the existing architecture of the home while still giving it a contemporary feel.
The curved wall was retained and clad in a Japanese textured tile which instantly became one of the key features on the approach to the kitchen/living space. Another standout feature is the large utility and pantry working wall that can be fully concealed when not in use and when open reveals not only a functional space but beautiful dark timber joinery and LED lit display shelving. A streamlined and modern design of monochromatic warm grey colour schemes was chosen for the bench tops and satin automotive 2-pac joinery to open up the space and create visual flow. Additional interest and warmth came in the form of custom recessed handles and the solid-timber island bench which introduced soft curves to reference the architecture.
The main challenges of the design was to make sure the transition between the different ceiling lines and the curved timber feature ceiling was completely seamless. We overcame this challenge through our design of additional overheads and joinery heights, and the integration of the main columns into the space.