Published at Sunday, July 07th 2019, 15:35:10 PM. kitchen design. By Donata Caputo.
loft-style living comes down to earth. Earthly materials and finishes help make this kitchen the focal point of this open plan home.
Many of us would love to live in a loft-style space. But deciding how to live within the dynamics of a large open area can create problems. A simple solution is to use one area as the focal point. In this home, owners Joan and Peter Martin decided to make their kitchen the focus for family life.
The house has a triple-store height living space providing plenty of room. Two-store high windows across the front of the house allow in ample light and fresh air. Positioning the kitchen in an open void, though, would have caused venting problems. So instead the kitchen is neatly tucked, cave-like, under a mezzanine floor.
There it takes up the full width of the back wall of the house. Principle objectives of the brief to architect Justin Hill involved a simple kitchen layout. Materials and finishes were chosen to relate visually to the rest of the house. The kitchen and utility areas also needed to be separated from the rest of the living space if necessary.
The owners and architects decided to split the kitchen into two halves divided by a central cooking island. Owner Peter Martin says this creates a natural flow from one area to the next.
“It also allows several people to work in the kitchen without tripping over each other,” he says. When choosing kitchen finishes the Martins decided to combine high-tech and natural materials such as steel and slate. “We found rough-textured slate tiles went really well with the richly polished teak floors and our collection of Asian antique furniture,” says Peter Martin. Brushed aluminum-look Formica cabinetry, black reconstituted marble benchtops, stainless steel fittings, and appliances blend visually with industrial-style fittings used throughout the house. Wall surfaces are covered with a Matt off-white paint. Timber doors and trims are lightly stained.
Track-sliding glass and wood paneled doors separate the kitchen and living areas from the maid’s room, utility, storage, and workshop areas. Similar sliding doors feature in other areas of the house to enlarge or shrink space as necessary. The central island has six cooking rings.
including two wok rings at either end of the island to prevent works clanging together if used at the same time. An extended, supported bench table at one end of the island is ideal for casual eating and serving food.
Safety factors were an important part of the overall design with young children around. A wall-mounted chrome pole is useful for hanging cooking utensils or a knife block out of reach. A wall-mounted oven and microwave mean there are no hot surfaces below clutter-free benchtops. And the sink has no waste disposal unit.