When the owners of this stunning Main Ridge property approached Décor Kitchens to design and create their new kitchen, design consultant Hans De Weerd knew at once that the space had to complement the home’s beautiful surroundings. The added drama of cathedral ceilings against the beauty of the garden and natural bushland setting called for attention to detail and to transform the dark space into a hostess’s dream. Wanting to embrace the splendour of the surrounding landscape, Hans, together with the clients, decided that solid jarrah timber and granite benchtops would create the ambience and visual delight that the project required. Hans has designed the kitchen to reflect the beauty of the natural materials and create interest with waterfall ends on the island and cabinetry. Functionality has been achieved by way of plenty of convenient storage and maximised bench space. The corners are fitted with rotating corner shelving, transforming a normally unusable space into a save-saving, easily accessible cupboard. All the cabinet doors and drawers and rotating corner system have the added feature of a soft, self-closing action. To add to the kitchen’s clever storage solutions and user-friendly conveniences, tea towel rails, a detergent rack and kickoperated tidy bins were incorporated into its design. Ample-sized vegetable racks were also included inside a drawer to keep vegetables fresh.
The grand Bordeaux granite benchtops reflect light from the new lighting fixtures to transform the once dark area into a lightfilled haven. The slate floor has been given a new lease on life and adds harmony to the kitchen’s large, welcoming space. A new French door-style fridge and wall oven are now part of the kitchen cabinetry, alongside the existing walk-in pantry. This allows the owners to move easily from the oven and fridge to the island benchtop and adds symmetry to the kitchen design. Glassware can now be showcased in the overhead cabinets with inbuilt LED lighting. The generous island has ample storage on both sides and allows the owners to work simultaneously in the kitchen while entertaining guests. It also houses three large cutlery drawers, including a knife block. Due to the height of the ceiling and to keep the open feeling that cathedral styling gives, the space above the cabinetry was left open and only the flue to the prominent feature canopy was plastered into the surrounding wall. This is in keeping with the sense of space and draws the eye to the cabinetry and granite. Thanks to a masterful transformation by Décor Kitchens, the beauty that surrounds this home has now been complemented inside with this stunning, nature-inspired cooking space.