When you are short on space, choose a galley. When you want character and style, choose French provincial
“That wall has to go,” said Dean Kitchens’ designer Jason Levin when he first set foot in his client Wendy Barnao’s magnificent character home in the north-western suburbs of Wembley, Perth. The existing kitchen was extremely small and in need of a complete revamp but, mostly, to create the look of a particular era, a wall separating the kitchen from the dining area had to be removed. Demolishing the offending wall left a long but relatively narrow area.
“We had a few options,” said Jason Levin, “and after lots of discussion a galley layout was selected. This layout offers a very practical solution to the space and its length makes for a large and very easy-to-use kitchen with no nasty corners.”
To retain the character of the traditional home, Jason opted for a French provincial theme that would certainly put a stamp on the space and reflect its beautiful surroundings. Next, the lovely solid jarrah floorboards were repaired and restored.
The centrepiece of the design was to be the chimney piece complete with storage and mantel. The rest of the design would follow a symmetrical plan, which was the trick to making the French provincial look work. Consequently, the tall elements were placed either side of the design — this included a pullout larder pantry, double-door fridge, oven microwave tower and appliance cabinet.
“We wanted to have some glass-fronted storage and the use of tall glass panes featuring eight windows of glass reflected a sophisticated and opulent surround to the custom-made character chimney piece,” Jason explains. “Wherever possible, drawers were used for their wonderful usability and practical storage and some traditional mouldings seen in the pilasters and corbels cemented our intended provincial style.”
The island was placed central to the design; it had staggering length so includes an abundance of drawers for storage, practical integrated pullout bins, fully integrated Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers and an asymmetrically placed sink area. The placement of the sink was paramount to the practical use of the space as it gives the cook massive uninterrupted bench space on which to prepare and serve meals.
The back of the island followed the theme of the opposite wall with tall elements (the shallow cabinets) placed at each end. This allowed the casual breakfast bar seats to be placed central to the space.
To finish off, each side of the island was ornamented with pilasters and corbels to make it feel like a piece of beautiful furniture.
In no time, this opulent French provincial galley with its quality European appliances became a place to cook, entertain and love.
The kitchen was designed by Jason Levin and built by Dean Kitchens
Address 2A/102 Railway Parade, City West Centre, West Perth WA 6005
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Doors and panels White matt foil
Internal hardware Hettich
Handles Hettich traditional style
Kickboards White matt foil
Floor Original solid jarrah
Lighting LED lighting to feature glass cabinets
Oven Neff 600mm double oven
Cooktop Neff 900mm gas
Rangehood/canopy Smeg undermount
Dishwasher Fisher & Paykel fully integrated with drawers
Refrigerator Westinghouse double-door
To achieve the French provincial look, careful design is essential.
This room was transformed with bold symmetry, a gigantic benchtop and French provincial style.
We love lots and lots of drawers.
Design, manufacture, installation, quality appliances, plumbing and electrical cost approximately $60,000,