This kitchen should really be titled: ’20 ways to create kitchen envy’.
Fully-custom design shines throughout, from the careful consideration of appliance placement, to the generous and practical dine-at, T-shaped island – all elements have been meticulously considered.
The ‘cooking run’ comprises 2 fully-integrated fridges at either end – one for the cook, placed next to the pantry, creating one area for both cold and ambient storage. The other, near the end of the run, for other users. This second fridge is ideal for storing items that a person other than the cook would require, such as drinks, breakfast items, sauces for use at the table, fruit, etc. The other is more for cooking items, such as vegetables, cooking condiments, meats, eggs, etc. This is a great way to ensure that the two cooking-triangles do not cross – ie. the cook’s triangle and other users’ triangle.
The owners love to cook and entertain, so it was essential to ensure that the appliances matched their cooking and entertaining needs. The combination gas and induction cooktop allows for multiple types of cooking, and was carefully partnered with a robust rangehood and a generous underbench oven to easily cater for a wide variety of cooking. The ample and beautiful farmhouse sink was placed so as to ensure a tight work triangle, and is far enough from the ‘dining’ section of the island to create a neatly separate cleaning/prepping zone.
Rather than opting for a long island with a single overhang, the T-shape table makes for a much more comfortable and convivial dining experience. The choice of stool chairs was perfect, both from a comfort point of view and also aesthetically, as the warm tones add to the balance of colours throughout the whole kitchen.
Naturally, no entertainers kitchen would be complete without a dedicated beverage preparation/serving area. Having a small sink in this section, also ensures the entertainer section does not impose on the cooking triangle. Fully equipped with a Zip Hydrotap, offering filtered chilled or boiling water for drinks, or unfiltered hot and cold for washing, removes the need for a separate kettle, and together with the benchtop coffee machine allows for all types of hot and cold beverages to be easily prepared. The Vintec wine fridge and bar fridge, as well as the joinery designed to house bar essentials, round this area off, ensuring that all manner of beverage requests are easily met. The pretty glass cabinets and under-wall unit lighting glam up this area, and add to the overall aesthetic appeal of the whole kitchen.
The essentials such as pull-out bins, underbench space for the microwave, fully-integrated dishwasher, and generous drawers with Blum Organline drawer organisers, take care of the more practical aspects.
Visually, the ‘gold’ handles and pendant lights over the island, together with the warm tones of the timber floors and chairs, create a great foil against which the dark Baltica blue joinery, the lovely subway tiles and the marble look stone top sit majestically together.
The overall result is an immediately inviting space that is a joy to both work and be in.