California dreamin’


This home beautifully captures a bungalow-style feel, topped with touches of Art Deco

The tricky thing about extensions is that more often than not fabulous new rooms leave the existing home looking particularly outdated. This kitchen is a classic example, as it found itself smack-bang in the middle of a Californian bungalow-style home, still dressed in its dark timber façade.
The owners recruited designer Peter Gill to help transform their kitchen into one that would match the new style and colour scheme, without being too “old-world”. The room had also never been wide enough for an island bench, so that was high on the wish list as were lots of drawers, a large cooker, an integrated fridge and dishwasher and a large single-bowl Versa sink. The Miele dishwasher and Falcon Toledo cooker were a perfect fit and a fully integrated Liebherr refrigerator placed next to the pantry looks as if it’s part of the furniture.
The island bench was a little more difficult to accommodate, however, so Peter had the dining room wall removed and moved the kitchen doorway to a more convenient position. This created enough space for a massive island bench complete with plenty of drawers, cabinets and shelving — much to the owners’ delight.
White Carrara marble benchtops and splashbacks further help make the room appear larger, and small Art Deco-style leadlights towards the top of the cabinets add a special touch. This feature is echoed in the kitchen on the matching drinks cabinet and integrated bar fridge below,
and is carried through the house to the cosy
home office. Now the home’s extensions need not steal the limelight — this stunning kitchen has certainly come into its own.

Designer: Peter Gill CKD (AUS), CBD (AUS), COID (RMIT) for Kitchens by Peter Gill

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Originally in Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Issue 18 Volume 2

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