We’re so excited to share the images of our Gordon Park project with you all! This much-loved family home was in need of a kitchen face lift, and that is exactly what we set out to do. Striving to reinvent the space into a house that our clients loved coming home too.
“We were so happy with the completed project of our new kitchen and first floor. It is absolutely gorgeous and we are the only people we know that actually enjoyed the whole renovation experience! From the first meeting to the last, every person we were in contact with at DJI was an expert in their role and an absolute delight to deal with.” – client feedback
Our clients, a family of four recently moved from Sydney and bought their dream home, a large renovated character Queenslander with 5 bedrooms and four bathrooms in Gordon Park. Unfortunately this dream home was missing their dream kitchen. The clients are entertainers who enjoy hosting family and friends and the exiting kitchen was small and pokey making it unsuitable for entertaining and family life. Additionally the adjoining rooms were un-connected with walls and low headers breaking up the main rooms.
To combat this the main living spaces were opened up completely with the removal of a structural wall and the installation of large steel beams. This created an open plan space with living dining and kitchen all forming one large area off the generous existing decks. To enable a completely repositioning of the kitchen a window was also removed to allow for functional and balanced design. The lounge and dining spaces were repositioned further into the home making the kitchen truly the heart of this home.
The clients requested a large family friendly entertainer’s kitchen with plenty of room for the family to eat dinner together or for the kids to spread out and do homework while the parents prepare dinner. Aesthetically a mix of traditional design elements and organic materials were requested with the overall feel of relaxed sophistication with a few “Byron elements” incorporated into the design.
To achieve this we created a custom shaker panel design with a VJ range hood box were designed and a traditional butlers sink and tapware from English Tapware Company were specified. Additionally classic satin handle and knob details from Hepburn Hardware were selected. Contrasting this formality were organic elements such as the natural concrete island bench, rattan design elements, ceramic pendant lighting and handmade look tiled splashback.
To enable a complete repositioning of the kitchen an existing window was also removed. This allowed us to increase kitchens functionality and provide valuable storage space through the inclusion of tall cabinetry elements. The tall joinery elements included the pantry, fridge, oven tower; as well as a pocket door appliance cupboard to conceal the microwave, toaster and kettle. These high elements were positioned either side of the cooking zone to create balance and symmetry within the space.
Pendants were used to zone the island bench with the ceramic lighting from Mud Australia over the cleaning and prep areas and the large rattan pendant over the seating area of the island. Colour and materiality changes were also used to create contrast between the high cabinetry and island bench. The 2pac cabinetry colours used were Porters Pain Popcorn for the tall cabinetry along with stone look Laminam benchtop which contrasted beautifully with the Resene Half Tuna colour and natural concrete used for the large Island bench.
The biggest change in the space was the wall removal and the increased head heights through the main living area. This resulted in a light and open plan living solution that made use of the large exiting decks and allowed for the kitchen to become the centrepiece of the home.