Overlooking the family room, this kitchen is the centre of family life.
The former kitchen in this 1960s built family home had passed its expiry date. Best described as a “rabbit warren”, the old kitchen not only housed the cooking facilities but also a laundry and toilet in one very small space. Turning to designer Jeff Richards and the team at Ultimate Kitchens, the owners asked for an open-plan kitchen to look over the family room and become the heart of the family’s living area. The new French provincial-style kitchen is an addition that will not date. Making the most of the small space, the designer has incorporated as many clever storage places to keep the owners’ appliances and utensils off the counter and ensure maximum bench space. For example, a mass of drawers and cupboards have been installed including a cupboard specifically for the microwave, coffee machine, toaster, kettle and all associated titbits; once the door is closed, all items are out of sight. Close at hand is the all-important wine rack as well as a spot to place the owners’ favourite cookbooks.
The hidden features, such as the Blum soft-closing drawers and cupboards, keep the room running smoothly and efficiently. For extra preparation space, an island bench was brought into the design. With three comfortable stools, this area is a convenient place for youngsters to finish homework or for company when the cook of the house is at work. You might be wondering how the family does its washing now, as there’s no laundry in sight. The laundry has been cleverly tucked behind the kitchen, along with a walk-in pantry. Detailing around the rangehood and cornice and kickboard edges further enhances the French provincial theme, while modern stainless-steel appliances top off this beautiful kitchen design, bringing a contemporary element to the room’s traditional style.