A glorious contemporary kitchen

A glorious contemporary kitchen


As the heart of the home, it’s always sad to see a kitchen that’s struggling to keep up with the rest of the house

Sure, it’s a lot easier to change a few cushions and add a lick of paint here and there, but it’s essential not to neglect the one room every member of the family is guaranteed to use. Shaynna Blaze decided to work with Granite Transformations to bring new life into her 20-year-old kitchen which was headed straight towards a quarter-life crisis.

With all the surfaces beginning to peel away, a wobbly island bench and outdated appliances, an update was

We love: The tiled splashback which adds a touch of glamour to the kitchen
clearly needed. “The kitchen needed to make better use of the space with extra storage, a larger island bench and integrated laundry facilities,” says Shaynna.

With a revamp on her hands, it was essential the new-look kitchen worked with the Victorian-era structure. “It had to be visually sympathetic to the building, but also provide modern appliances,” says Shaynna. To ensure cohesiveness, detail was added to the cabinetry which reflects the timeless cornices and architraves.

“The cornices and architraves are extremely deep at 300mm high, so I wanted to make sure I included some detailing that reflected the original period details,” says Shaynna.

After a body of work including bracing walls, moving plumbing and installing a 1500mm island bench was completed, the kitchen’s functionality was improved tenfold. “The kitchen is to be used for professional chefs as well as everyday cooking and work for large groups and entertaining, so it’s important it is fully functional,” says Shaynna. Opting for a generously sized bench means it has multiple purposes, from being used as a breakfast bar to preparing and cooking food as well as housing appliances — including a wine fridge, dishwasher, sink, storage and power points for appliances.

In terms of the aesthetic, the space has been well and truly modernised. A gold-tiled splashback adds a glamorous touch that is balanced by the grey cabinetry. “I love that the tiles take on different colours during the day and evening, giving a different look to the kitchen and providing incredible mood,” says Shaynna.

Another special feature of the kitchen is the appliances, where no cost was spared. Boasting three ovens (steam/combo, convection and microwave), all appliances were chosen according to the highest star rating possible including the fridges, dishwasher and laundry appliances. “You can have three ovens going at the same time as well as cooking on the benchtop and doing your washer — an incredibly hard-working kitchen,” admits Shaynna.

The end result really does speak for itself. With the focus on the island bench with its colonial panels, the kitchen is a hub that seamlessly blends in with the property’s aesthetic, but is now the best room in the house by far.

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Written by Annabelle Cloros