To say we are excited to finally reveal this project to you would have to be an understatement! A job which is very close to our hearts and has been in the works for some time is now complete, and we are thrilled to release our new Bay Residence Series. The clients of the large property in Redland Bay, purchased the mid 90’s style house with a vision of transforming it into a home which catered to each and all of their desires. The couple in their 60’s wanted to create a space in which they could celebrate their retired life, while still maintaining a big focus on crafting entertaining spaces for their large family. The existing house was quite dated, featuring a lot of 90’s style joinery, flooring and overall colour scheme, however had an open plan set out and panoramic view over the bay to Stradbroke Island that the clients fell in love with. Kicking off the series with Part One – The Kitchen!
The outdoors and Australian natural environment had always been a love of the clients, so was crucial from the beginning that the home would fit seamlessly into the landscape, celebrate the lush views and strongly reflect the clients desire for natural materials. Maintaining the open plan style was also important, but the client still wanted the new home to feel cosy and private by creating sections for living, entertaining and leisure.
A large scale kitchen was always at the heart of the design intentions for these clients, with our plan always being to create a generous cooking space which opened up to living and outdoor areas. Creating flow from the entry of the house, through to the kitchen and then out to the outdoor entertainment area was a big focus to capture the external views and maximise entertaining. We approached this by repositioning multiple hallways into the kitchen and ensuring a view from all living spaces to the kitchen in the centre of the home. The layout of the kitchen was opened up to a gallery style format featuring a large island bench with custom built table base attached to create casual seating opportunities which overlooked the landscape around.
This is a true statement kitchen that is both luxurious and liveable. The beautiful combination of finishes from the Laminam clad island bench to the solid walnut servery makes the space a rich exploration of materiality. Customisation is evident in all areas of the space from the bespoke brass table legs, powder coated handles and concealed drink station. The feature pendent was directly imported from Brooklyn and re-wired to Australian Standards. Spatial changes were made to create a galley style kitchen with the functional space blending into a casual seating area which features built-in bench seat with custom tan leather upholstery. The surfaces in the home needed to be durable and long wearing, as the quality of the kitchen was always a priority for the clients. The same approach was taken when it came to selecting appliances, including pieces from both Gaggenau and Miele and a large generous sized fridge to suit their entertainment needs.
A kitchen which was individual to the couple resulted in many beautiful custom pieces such as metal joinery handles, timber tables, inbuilt bench seating and concealed drink station bench spaces. These features catered for both functionality and aesthetics, to ensure the usability of the space suited the client’s needs and the overall design targeted their desires.