Giving an older kitchen a look that’s very “today” can be as simple as adding some space
One of the many problems people experience with older-style kitchens is a lack of space to cater for today’s living style. There are more and more gadgets and appliances now considered to be everyday that 10 years ago wouldn’t have even been thought of when designing a kitchen — as the builders of this new kitchen were well aware.
“The appliances originally took up a lot of room, so we had to try to accommodate today’s necessities, such as the coffee machine and wine fridge,” says a representative from Designline Kitchens & Bathrooms, the builder behind this project. By incorporating these features into the design of the kitchen, the whole room was given a higher level of functionality. Keeping things functional was certainly an echoed theme in this kitchen. Originally, this room was its own small, closed-off kitchen space with not a lot of bench room.
“The owners wanted to create a contemporary space that mirrored the design features of modern architecture,” a representative from Designline Kitchens & Bathrooms says. To do this, Designline Kitchens & Bathrooms had to remove a wall and extend the space into the old laundry, creating a much bigger kitchen with that all-important extra bench space that is a necessity for entertaining at home.
Another tool to help entertaining is the large island bench that is easy to move around and has a very contemporary look. This bench is located in between two of the most challenging aspects of this kitchen’s design: the two steel posts that support the upstairs floor and that had to undergo a design transformation to ensure that they suited the new kitchen’s style.
“We managed to cleverly construct a bulkhead and two pillars.” The Designline Kitchens & Bathrooms team not only hid this ugly feature but gave it purpose, with the bulkhead having suspended lights fitted to illuminate the island bench in the middle, creating a modern-style kitchen with all the space a family today needs.
Designer: Carla Waghorn for Designline
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Originally in Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Issue 18 Volume 2