New Kitchen & Laundry, Coromandel Valley
With magnificent views across the valleys from the kitchen window, this Adelaide Hills home was deserving of a kitchen that complimented the outdoor beauty surrounding it. Rachel and Bob regularly entertain guests at their home, and as a result, were in need of a kitchen that maximised bench space for food preparation.
Having lived in the home for a few years, Rachel and Bob had a clear vision of the layout that would work best, which included transforming the laundry into a butler’s pantry by cutting in a new doorway from the kitchen, rather than accessing this room via the adjacent hallway, and utilising a multipurpose barn door to cover either the passageway entrance or the butler’s pantry entrance. The laundry has become an incredibly functional and versatile space, providing pantry storage and a coffee/tea/microwave/small appliance zone (enabling the kitchen benchtops to remain free of clutter!) while also providing an additional sink for washing up.
For improved functionality when hosting guests, the kitchen window is now a bi-fold and the kitchen benchtop runs through to the outdoor deck area which provides the ultimate serving space. From a dull brown, dreary and very worn kitchen, this space has been delightfully transformed into a charming farmhouse dream kitchen. After much time spent designing, researching and preparing for this transformation, it was a privilege to bring this vision to life!
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The transformation was achieved using a two-pack painted satin finish in ‘Dulux Lexicon’ with a shaker v-groove profile providing the farmhouse styling. White open shelving components were in Laminex ‘Calm White’ melamine to match with the two-pack components, while feature solid timber shelving in 30mm thick Blackwood has added contrast, warmth and an additional country element into the design. To enable the kitchen benchtop to extend outside, our clients chose to use Dekton ‘Kreta’ in a matt finish, with a 40mm mitred edge, which is a new-generation engineered material able to endure outdoor exposure. For a more cost-effective alternative in the butler’s pantry/laundry space, they chose to use Stone Ambassador 20mm ‘Valour’ engineered stone in a textured finish with 40mm mitred edge, which still provided a similar overall look and feel as the Dekton used in the kitchen.
Blum Intivo soft closing full extension hardware was used throughout for maximum functionality and built for heavy use, while feature downlights were added into the timber overhead shelving providing a well-lit workspace and a designer touch. The colour choices of white, grey and timber and the farmhouse styling have resulted in a timeless classic kitchen, and the quality of workmanship and attention to detail throughout the installation process will ensure that space will be utilised and enjoyed for decades to come.