REAL HOME: New York townhouse

 From dilapidated dwelling to art deco townhouse, this Manhattan abode has undergone an amazing transformation.

NY townhouse exterior

NY townhouse exterior aerial  NY townhouse living room artwork

NY townhouse living room

NY townhouse living room aerial  NY townhouse living room fireplace


NY townhouse bedroom

NY townhouse kitchen

NY townhouse kids bedroom  NY townhouse tv room  

New York, New York: that famous city that never sleeps is home to millions of people pursuing their dreams. For countless individuals, their ultimate goal is to live, breath and work in this legendary city.

The East Village is a far cry from its former self in modern-day New York. From its humble farmland beginnings to the European immigration wave, the numerous neighbourhoods that make up the borough have been revitalised in recent years through the preservation of local landmarks and buildings.

This historic townhouse is set in the heart of the vibrant East Village. Ulises Liceaga and his wife saw the potential this building had and decided to give it the TLC is was crying out for, transforming it and bringing it into bustling 21st century New York.

Originally a dilapidated dwelling, the structure contained three loft-like apartments that were all dark and very small. Ulises decided to start afresh, redesigning the entire layout of the building and reconfiguring the structure into two dwellings, one atop the other.

“I wanted to go against the grain of the standard ‘row house’ typology and bring this townhouse into the 21st century,” says Ulises. “Gone are the small compartmentalised units and dim lighting; now there is an open, spacious environment bathed in natural light.”

Focusing on the top-floor apartment he and his wife were to call home, Ulises added an additional 620-square-foot storey that would become the master bedroom. From here he continued with the rest of the home, focusing on an open-plan living design that would connect the kitchen to the dining and living spaces. At the same time, Ulises didn’t want to take anything away from the traditional features of the residence; he simply wanted them to blend in with their new contemporary counterparts.

“Working within a landmarked building had its constraints,” continues Ulises. “We constantly had to adjust plans to keep in line with square footage requirements.”

Looking around the home, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had walked into an art gallery. There is not a dull space in the home. The walls are full of interesting and intricate designs, many courtesy of friends of Ulises and his wife. It is easy to see how the vibrant tones of Ulises’ Mexican heritage have made their way into the design; every piece of furniture or art is different, yet mesmerisingly appealing.

“There is a certain simplicity and sobriety within the townhouse, but one cannot ignore the playfulness that also shares the space,” says Ulises. “Collaborations with family friends, such as sculptor Emilio Garcia and light designer Ingo Maurer, add a whimsical flair.”

Nowhere is that whimsy more apparent than in the innovative lighting feature that covers the glass facade of the building. Faced with the dilemma of needing enough light but not wanting to compromise privacy, Ulises and lighting designer Ingo Maurer came up with the adventurous LED lighting design.

“With the LEDs fully lit we create a curtain — one that both blocks exterior views but lights the interior,” explains Ulises. “With the LEDs unlit our open plan is bathed in natural light.”

New York is a magical city. For anyone who has had the fortune to live there or simply visit, there is a certain vibrancy that inhabits its occupants and its streets. Ulises has managed to draw inspiration from this and create his own oasis that is surrounded by one of the busiest metropolises on the planet.

“This project will always hold a certain weight and importance in my portfolio because it was my first big commission in my new practice,” he explains. “I love being here because when I look around I see artwork created by childhood friends from back in Mexico City, I live under a beautiful glass façade that acts as my own starry constellation at night, and outside my windows I see a slice of history.”

By Tessa Hoult  
Photography by  Eric Laignel & Paul Warchol
From Luxury Home Design magazine Vol. 15 No. 6

Grand Designs Australia: Barossa Valley House

Featured on the LifeStyle Channel’s Grand Designs Australia, Barossa Valley House is a deceptively complex and environmentally intelligent home.





LOCATION Barossa Valley, SA

COST $1.1 million



A whopping 57m from the garage entry of this home is the final destination and reward for the effort of walking to it: an inviting sunken lounge with a hypnotic outlook.

Located just outside the South Australian township of Lyndoch, one hour north of Adelaide, the home looks back from the southern ridge towards the Barossa Valley. According to owners James and Helen Knight, the intriguingly long and narrow (6m) design enabled an almost 300-degree view from the open-plan, glass-encased kitchen, living and lounge discreetly embedded in the hillside.

James spent his teenage years in the Barossa Valley, immersed in the area’s hospitality industry. It was a path he continued on, alongside university study in Adelaide and later with Helen in the Barossa for two years before they moved to Kangaroo Island to run an accommodation venue.

In February 2010, when they saw listed on the market Barossa Pavilions, a holiday complex comprising six upmarket, self-contained pavilions nestled into the downhill section of the 75-acre parcel of land they now call home, the couple snapped up what they saw as a unique opportunity.

At first, they commuted from Adelaide for a trial period, but it didn’t seem logical to James, prompting the couple to literally head for the hills to be closer to their business and to raise their two young boys.

Having previously renovated a hotel and three houses, one of which was a 1930s bungalow with an architect-designed ‘80s extension, James and Helen had gained an appreciation of the positive difference good design makes to everyday living. In mid-2010, they approached several architects to explore having a home designed and built from the ground up for the first time.

It was Max Pritchard’s body of rural and coastal work, his knack of being able to put their ideas in perspective and his matter-of-fact style that strongly resonated with the duo. “Max was really interested in a design that would be good for the site. He asked us about our wants, but he was also frank about our budget and what was achievable,” recalls James.

The two-day turnaround on Max’s initial sketch and the (apparent) simplicity of it took the couple by surprise, says James. “In the end, it made a lot of sense. The eventual envelope was pretty much like that initial hand drawing,” he concedes. Although there were some small changes along the way, James and Helen say they made a decision early “not to impose their thoughts too much on the design” so as not to “distort” the architect’s design intent.

James and Helen had estimated they might need a home of about 400sqm but took on board Max’s wise counsel: “A big house is not sustainable.” The final footprint is a tad under 300sqm plus 42sqm for the double garage, amply responding to the couple’s core wishlist of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, a desire “to show off the view” and the later addition of a guest powder room and a larger laundry/utility space.

Linear in form, and positioned on a hill, the house makes the most of the site’s natural attributes, following the gentle slope of the land downwards. Pouring the slab above the natural shale and just under the soil also minimised earthworks. The house abuts a utilitarian 130,000-litre concrete water tank, which replaced the old steel tank. A utility room and wine cellar wrap around the tank, providing the ideal temperature for storing some of the area’s renowned wine. Positioned near the bluestone entry wall is a second concrete water tank holding bore water for stock and irrigation.

The single, continuous skillion roof plane is a massive 500sqm with a constant three-degree slope. At 62m long and 9m wide, the roofline includes generous tapered eaves to shield the home from the penetrating summer sun. The roof construction was quite a spectacle, involving sheets of steel being shaped and rolled directly onto the roof from the back of a truck.

Walking through the home is an experience. After entering from the north, the circulation route immediately leads to the southern side, where a large window sloping towards the ground provides a teaser of the view that is about to unfold. It’s an outlook that changes en route through the home courtesy of a gentle one-in-twelve gradient along the single corridor running down the south side.

“Instead of a busy layout that could have had eight doors opening directly off the hallway, there are four ramps to the left that each branch off into several rooms,” explains James. A landing foyer between each of the ramps drops down 450mm over a distance of 5.5m and three rooms stem from each of the first three ramps. First on the left are the master bedroom, ensuite and study; the second alcove leads to two children’s bedrooms separated by a three-way bathroom; and the third landing provides access to a guest bedroom, powder room and laundry/utility room.

One of the family’s favourite spaces — the rumpus/media room — is via the last ramp, ahead of the grand finale: the open-plan kitchen, dining and sunken lounge. By the time you get to relax on the ultra-comfortable built-in couches surrounding the bluestone fireplace at the end point of the home, it’s the equivalent of having descended a flight of stairs. Remarkably, only three steps are involved in reaching this final destination.

The view from the sunken lounge offers yet another perspective. “You transition from seeing 70 per cent land and 30 per cent sky when walking through the home to 60 per cent sky and 40 per cent land when seated. That’s pretty clever,” remarks James.

The kitchen posed the “hardest” decision for the couple, who eventually decided on a galley style with an island bench. “For our family, the kitchen and dining area really is the heart of our home,” says James. A well-thought-out layout provides a compact kitchen with good storage to avoid encroaching on the living space, while durable finishes and a neutral palette endow the kitchen with timeless appeal.

“Having grown up in hospitality, we knew we wanted a stainless-steel feature island. We love the character it develops over time,” says James. A pantry and fridge are concealed behind a wall of cabinetry finished with textured Laminex Carbon Crush. Centre stage is an open appliance nook defined by an American oak box with a reflective mirror insert.

Ultra-sustainable in design, the long face of the house is perfectly oriented north so each room enjoys a northern aspect and its own unique connection to the landscape. Comparing their new and previous homes, the couple estimate electricity consumption is now about 50 per cent less for what is “roughly the same floor space, the same level of comfort but with less reliance on mechanical heating and cooling”, which they attribute to a combination of elements.

The solar energy system generates more power than the home uses, so credits earned offset energy costs for the pavilions. Morning sun keeps the house idyllically warm during winter, aided by double-glazed windows that prevent heat loss and concrete floors in the main living areas, which absorb, store and release heat (thermal mass). That’s supplemented by hydronic floor heating and a fireplace crafted from local bluestone.

It’s a home designed for the family to grow up in; but, while the couple have no immediate plans to move, “You never say never,” says James. “Having a home built or renovated is an addictive process, although it’s quite stressful,” he admits. Plans to renovate the six self-contained pavilions discreetly tucked into the hillside 500m from the main residence should fill the void. Their barely visible rooftops serve as a reminder that business and pleasure can co-exist.

Since the home was completed in October 2012, “It’s so relaxing that we feel like we’re on holidays,” James says.



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By Marg Hearn
Photography by David Solm
From Grand Designs Australia magazine Vol. 2 No. 2

Energy efficiency in your home


DID YOU KNOW? The year your home was built will determine how energy efficient you are.


Who’s experienced the perspiring cold soft drink can? It only happens in summer, when your hot hand touches the cold surface of the can. What about our homes? We all have one of sorts, but the point is we have one. We have all learnt how to make our homes comfortable. In fact, we have our spot in the sun to drink our coffee and read the paper. Some are more formal as a sunroom or courtyard, some would have a balcony or a back step, others would have a spot in the garden next to the cat or on a ledge and then there are those that enjoy their neighbour’s favourite spot.

But summer is hot and this is when our love of the shade makes us flock out of the sun and look for cover with a good afternoon cross breeze. Pergolas and alfresco outer areas covered by deciduous ornamental grape vines certainly make a haven for a common summer Saturday afternoon/evening barbecue around the pool with Peter Siddle running in to bowl to Alastair Cook at the SCG on the TV in the background. You can hear Fred the neighbour cheer as Alastair waddles from the pitch after being bowled middle stump first ball. “You beauty!” we all cry across the nation.

I can’t see the difference between us. We are all paying ridiculous electrical bills because most of us live in homes older than 2004 when energy efficiency started to became more apparent and a regulation.

These old homes are generally very inefficient and have reached their lifespan. Major changes have to be made that are costly to amend. The double brick homes of the ’50s, ’60s are good in summer but freezers in winter because there is no insulation and the thermal mass of the bricks just freezes and can’t warm up.

Timber houses from the ’70s ’80s and ’90s presented great spring and autumn homes, but are energy guzzlers during winter and summer because they require air conditioning. The residents living in these “don’t be afraid of the big bad wolf” type of homes end up paying for their comfort during winter and summer. Why do you think the power grid goes down when it’s a hot day? Everyone closes all the doors and windows, draws the curtains, lowers the shading devices, puts their feet up and pays for comfort by turning their air conditioning on. The power load on the infrastructure is ridiculous.

Maybe we should learn to ask “how can we be different?” Then we can start having intelligent conversations with architects, building designer and builders about the right type of window glazing, orientation, eave lengths, insulation, thermal mass location, sustainable building materials, cross ventilation and all that passive design goodness mixed in with health conscious building products which create a spicy environment for you to live in with your worms.

For more information on making your home more sustainable, visit

By Cameron Rosen
From Renovate magazine Vol. 8 No. 5

In the kitchen with… Jamie Oliver


Jamie Oliver, one of the world’s most engaging, entertaining and passionate chefs, chats about his must-have kitchen appliances and his checklist for a dream kitchen.

Jamie Oliver chef kitchen interview


Tell us about your new appliance range with Philips.

Jamie: I choose my partners very carefully, but what’s always important to me is to work with people who get what I do and share my passion for making the very best kitchen kit. The guys at Philips totally got this from the start, and have been happy to listen, take my thoughts on board and help me create amazing products. When you’re a chef or a home cook, you want appliances that look good on your work surface, make your life easier, and work brilliantly to help you rattle out great food every time.

I’m a total geek when it comes to all of my products — whether it’s books, pans or kitchen kit — so I have a say in everything, right down to the noise that the button makes. The guys from Philips have been brilliant at working with my suggestions, but it’s very much been a two-way street — they’ve had ideas that have really impressed me too.


Why cornflower blue in the packaging?

Jamie: The inspiration behind the range, which includes the Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender, Blender, Steamer and Food Processor, was really simple: I wanted them to be beautiful, elegant and slick. Often, kitchen appliances have so many different options and functions that they become confusing to use. With this range, I wanted to strip it right back to simplicity and real power: really good engines, really good gearing, really nice motions — and be beautiful to look at.

Every tool has a splash of lovely cornflower blue, the colour I chose to match the clean retro shapes we’ve used — this stuff is meant to be shown off, not hidden away in cupboards. They’re really easy to use and I can’t wait for people to try them as I truly believe they’ll help busy families get fresh food on the table every day.


What’s the top appliance you recommend home cooks invest in?

Jamie: The Philips Jamie Oliver HomeCooker is a great piece of kitchen kit — it makes life much easier and time in the kitchen less stressful, particularly if you’re a busy working person or a parent. Simply rack it up then leave it to tick away while you get on with other things — the whole point is that it stirs things for you.

I use it in lots of ways — mostly on weekends when I’m at home with my family. And in the week, my wife really enjoys using it. She loves steaming food, so the HomeCooker is great as you can use the top to cook meat, fish or vegetables, while stirring a delicious sauce, stew or risotto at the bottom. It means you can cook the whole meal in one go.


What’s your idea of a dream kitchen?

Jamie: One with plenty of room so that you can move about easily and have all your kit out and ready to go. I suppose my dream kitchen is the same as most foodies — somewhere you can cook great food in a relaxed way because you feel comfortable and the space really works for you.


What do you love to cook for your wife Jools?

Jamie: At the moment, we’re cooking a lot of slow-roasts because it’s cold outside and it makes the house smell amazing. In the summer, it’s a question of seeing what’s looking good in the garden and creating beautiful little salads and pastas.


Why do you love educating people about food? Where does that passion come from?

Jamie: It comes from being a father, and it comes from caring about what people eat — I would like to think that anyone with an interest in food, and especially people that run restaurants, would have some sort of interest in what food does to people. For me, food should be a joy and make you feel good — if you’re eating rubbish all the time, where’s the joy in that? It’s not going to make you feel good. So I think it’s really just a passion for making food better for everyone.


You’ve taught the public so much about food; what is the most important message you hope they take away?

Jamie: That eating good food doesn’t have to be more expensive or difficult, and it doesn’t have to take a long time — the main excuses I get are: “I haven’t got the time” or “I can’t afford those ingredients”. It’s all about knowledge — if you’ve got the know-how, you can rattle out a delicious, inexpensive meal in next to no time.


Can you give us an example of a day in the life of “Jamie Oliver”?

Jamie: There’s never a day that’s anything like the day before. Sometimes I’m filming; sometimes I’m writing and editing recipes for a new book — which is what I’m doing at the moment — and sometimes I’m doing interviews or having meetings or testing new recipes for the Jamie’s Italian restaurants. Every day is different and that’s how I like it.


Jamie’s Tools by Philips (picture above) are beautifully crafted and offer great value for money and less stress in the kitchen. The Tools were featured in Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals TV series and book, and include a Hand Blender $79.95, Food Processor $179.95, Blender $89.95, and Steamer $69.95. Available from David Jones and Target stores.

From Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly magazine Vol. 20 No. 2

Expert advice: Space planning


According to The Block’s Shaynna Blaze the difference between a good space and a great space is all in the way you plan it.

Planning space in the bedroom

Walking into a room you want to design or redecorate for the very first time, you are either going through the mental conversation of “Couch here, TV there …” or feeling totally overwhelmed by the process and unable to imagine how on earth you are going to put furniture in the space, let alone decide what colour to paint the walls.

Designing a room is about putting your stamp on it with your style and personality. Creating that individual touch is not just about the final look that will stimulate and excite you visually, but about function, too. The layout of your furniture and accessories is crucial as it can allow you to create a space of effortless flow.

Great design should not be heard, but felt. A well-designed room doesn’t shout at you with its fancy tricks and bedazzle you with its charm, but instead seduces you unknowingly to move among it without a verbal or written invitation. Now this might sound philosophical and even grandiose, but great thought needs to go into something to make it feel like no effort was put into it at all.

Imagine going into a lounge room to relax and watch TV with a drink and a snack and, when you sit down, you have somewhere to put your drink but nowhere to place your bowl or plate within arm’s reach. You are unable to put your feet up, though you love to lounge rather than sit, and you can’t find the remote because it could be anywhere on the couch as there’s no clearly defined place for it. Simple dilemmas like this have simple solutions, but too often people will sacrifice the basic necessities of storage and surfaces in favour of an oversized couch for more bums on seats, and in the end it works against everyday function and comfort.

In my book, Design Your Home, I go through a checklist for every room, noting all the functions you need to bear in mind. To me, these are the crucial points to consider when designing a new home, doing a renovation or decorating a room. As with anything, when you take time to consider the elements, needs and desired outcome of a project, you are able to see the process visually from beginning to end and anticipate what problems you may come up against and what actions need to be taken to avoid them.

When designing a room, you need to a) consider the room as a separate entity and b) evaluate how it will work in the whole scheme of the home’s interior. This, I find, is where you can become confused about what is the best way to tackle the design of a room. Working out the function and layout of the room should be the first consideration. Initially, you should immerse yourself in how you imagine you want to undertake activities and how you will entertain, relax or work within the space, without feeling the pressure of how it will look with the rest of the house. The function and layout of the room are the most important starting points.

The scale of your furniture will be the next factor to consider, along with how you will balance the shape of the room with the size and type of furniture you want to put in it. The best way to get around this is to do a scale drawing of the room with cut-outs of furniture (to scale) and move them within the perimeter to see what furniture you can fit in the space and, most importantly, how you will move around it all. Doing these cut-outs will give you a feel for what will realistically fit and where you will have to compromise. If space is an issue, look at items that can have a double function, such as an ottoman to put your feet on that can become an extra seat or a coffee/side table.

Once these decisions are made, you can consider how the room will work within the rest of the house. Making a room feel harmonious with the rest of the home is more about colour links, consistency of style and how you move from one room to the next. Taking baby steps in designing a room can seem frustratingly slow, but when you try to cut corners with the efficiency of a room, no matter how much money and effort you put into the visual “wow”, it just won’t feel right.



Breakfast in bed isn’t an everyday luxury but a foldable serving tray with legs means it can be used as a bed, folded down as an everyday tray and then tucked away under the bed or in a cupboard when not needed.

U-shaped side table from Meizai    Three surface points visually add to the room



To keep the streamlined look of the room and provide ease of movement around the couch, a U-shaped side table from Meizai works perfectly as a useable surface without taking up too much of the floor footprint.



This setting has three surface points that visually add to the room while providing function and flexibility.

Round tables in dining rooms are functional and allow easy movement    Ottomans can serve as storage solutions


When your dining table has to sit in the middle of a room near major exits, a round table has a functional shape that allows easy movement in the room and around the table.



Storage solutions can seem chunky and may take over a room, but well-placed trays mean you can have things on hand, such as magazines and TV remotes, and still make them look decorative, adding to the look and style of the room.

By Shaynna Blaze 
Pictures with permission Penguin Books, Design Your Home by Shaynna Blaze 
Photography by Vanessa Hall
From Grand Designs Australia magazine Vol. 2 No. 2

Super sleek grey kitchen design

 Maximizing space with integrated kitchen features, this kitchen design from Carrera Kitchens is sleek and modern.

An integrated and sleek kitchen design from Carrera Kitchens

An integrated and sleek kitchen design from Carrera Kitchens

An integrated and sleek kitchen design from Carrera Kitchens

An integrated and sleek kitchen design from Carrera Kitchens  An integrated and sleek kitchen design from Carrera Kitchens

“The owners were well-educated in materials and finishes and came to us with their house plans. We went with a monochromatic colour palette of White Shimmer Caesarstone benchtops and panels finished in two-pack metallic paint, which marry with the polished timber floor. A smoky glass splashback and the SMEG wall ovens effectively mirror the kitchen. An integrated dishwasher and rangehood enhance the minimalist look but it’s the finger-pulls on all drawers and doors that accentuate the linear design. A butler’s pantry sits behind the kitchen and has an extra sink. It was important to provide ample storage so the benchtops can remain uncluttered, especially when the family is entertaining. The centrepiece of the kitchen is the 3m long island bench, which overlooks the open plan family room. Three small round glass pendants above the island bench and the high coffered ceiling add a final level of refined detail.”

Designer: Carrera Kitchens,



Cabinetry Two-pack metallic paint

Internal hardware Blum soft-close doors and drawers

Benchtop Caesarstone White Shimmer

Handles Fingergrip

Splashback Stopsol glass

Kickboards Two-pack metallic paint

Lighting LED strip lighting in shadowline

Oven Smeg linear

Cooktop/hotplate Smeg induction

Rangehood/canopy Smeg undermount

Dishwasher Smeg



Carrera Kitchens 254 Prospect Road, Prospect SA

Phone 08 8342 0944



Gloss over

In pursuit of a kitchen worthy of their stunning new residence, the owners called on the expertise of Carrera Kitchens to create a space with maximum impact.

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As the home overlooks glistening waters and a sparkling pool, the Carrera Kitchens team was under considerable pressure to come up with an eye-catching design that was just as impressive as the surrounding scenery.

Taking inspiration from the outdoors, striking Red River Gum gloss was chosen for the cabinetry and drawers. Black and silver tones were also selected to enhance the room’s sleek look.

A Quantum Quartz Starlight Black bench featuring shiny mirror chips presents a dazzling aesthetic, while polished handles, brushed aluminum kickboards and stainless-steel appliances complete the kitchen’s modern décor.

The island bench is the true show-stopper here. In addition to providing the owners with a concealed sink and a sizeable preparation area, the multi-tiered bench also incorporates a unique, curved breakfast bar for casual dining. Extra-deep benchtops around the hotplate and sink areas also demonstrate some extremely ingenious thinking.

Soft-close drawers, artfully placed glass cabinets and a walk-through larder are other fine examples of how the Carrera Kitchens team has seamlessly married form and function to craft this dazzler.

Project Details:

DOORS Polytec Crea Tec River Red Gum gloss
HANDLES Castella polished chrome
BENCHTOP Laminex natural quartz
SPLASHBACK Black metallic glass
KICKBOARDS Brushed aluminium
FLOORS Tasmanian Oak
APPPLIANCES include a Bosch oven and cooktop, Miele dishwasher and undermount Oliveri sink

Kevin Anderson Photography

Laminex Stringybark: functional meets finesse

After a kitchen with clean lines and a modern look, the owners approached Carrera Kitchens to create a functional, stylish space. Opting for a sleek, minimalist design with no handles to interrupt the seamless overhead cabinetry, as well as a unique Laminex Stringybark feature wall, the kitchen showcases quality workmanship at its absolute best.

Carrera Kitchens 2.1 A clean classic Carrera Kitchens design featuring the Laminex Stringybark horizontal grain panel

A neutral colour scheme prevails throughout the space, with Classic White laminate used for the cabinets and matching tiles on the floors.

The island bench commands attention in the middle of the room and features a gorgeous natural Quartz top and a unique feature Laminex Stringybark horizontal grain panel to conceal the washing-up area from guests in the adjacent living area.

In keeping with the space’s smooth, streamlined appearance the rangehood and other stainless-steel appliances have been integrated into the layout. Storage was also an important aspect of the design with the designer incorporating a large pantry and plenty of drawers to keep kitchen clutter to a minimum.

Carrera Kitchens has successfully produced a kitchen with a light and airy feel that the owners can decorate and accessorise to suit their tastes.

Photography by Scout Photographics

Full of life

As the centrepiece of the home, this open-plan kitchen is well-equipped to cope with all sorts of domestic duties.

Carrera Kitchens 3.1

Wide benchtops provide the perfect spot for food preparation with the stunning dark Black Galaxy granite tops hiding any mess.

A well-balanced colour scheme of dark and neutral tones, combined with modern appliances makes for an extremely contemporary-looking space. Glass finishes prevail throughout the room, with a feature panel to the rear of the breakfast bar and glass inserts in the drawers to match the gentle-green glass splashback.

Flowing effortlessly onto the large living area, the spacious kitchen is an entertainer’s haven. The thoughtful layout offers plenty of space for the owners and their guests and the abundant surfaces are the ideal resting place for drinks and platters. With storage options at every turn, including two sizeable pull-out pantries and a multitude of drawers, the kitchen appears remarkably clutter-free.

Clean and contemporary, the space is set to impress at just a moment’s notice when unexpected visitors drop by.

Fact File
Vacuum form in Antique White with bevelled edges
HANDLES Hallidays 046-815 Benchtop 30mm Black Galaxy
SPLASHBACK Gentle-green glass
KICKBOARDS Brushed aluminium
APPLIANCES include an Ariston oven, cooktop and canopy, Miele dishwasher and Oliveri undermount sink
COST, approximately, for design, manufacture, installation, $25,000 – $30,000

Andre Anagnos Photography

A functional feature

A new home gave the designers at Carrera Kitchens the opportunity to work with a blank canvas when creating a dream kitchen for the owners.

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The brief was to design a modern, functional cookhouse to be the feature of an open-planned room. The resulting design and flow between the kitchen and living areas makes it great for everyday cooking as well as when entertaining friends and family.

At the owners’ request, a minimalist style has been used throughout. The overhead cupboards have been built without handles, a seamless integration, while a chrome pull-out pantry is not only a contemporary addition but also adds a functional, easy-to-use storage compartment. Add to this the multitude of cupboards, pot drawers and a walk-in larder and the result is a storage heaven with enough space to hide kitchenware and appliances and leave benchtops uncluttered.

Other functional elements of the kitchen include a wall oven at the perfect height for easy baking, extra cupboards at the back of the island for extra storage and positioning the cooktop on the island bench. Locating the cooktop on the island has given it centre stage. It is central to all zones — preparation, storage and refrigeration — which makes navigating the kitchen while cooking a breeze. Soft-closing drawers mean that the contents will remain safe and the pull-out pantry promotes ergonomic cooking.

The end result is a practical kitchen that meets all the needs of its owners and has exceeded all their expectations.

Fact File
Two-pack Dulux Sea Elephant in satin finish
PANELS Two pack Dulux Sea Elephant in satin finish
HANDLES Castella stainless steel 55.096.10
BENCHTOP 20mm CaesarStone Glacier
SPLASHBACK Glass; wall painted with Dulux Claydust
KICKBOARDS Brushed aluminium
FLOOR Polished porcelain
APPLIANCES include a Miele oven, Miele cooktop, Miele rangehood, Miele extractor fan, Miele dishwasher and Franke sink
COST, approximately, for design, manufacture and installation, $25,000

Alex Makeyev Photography