KITCHEN ARTICLES

Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson’s kitchen requirements weren’t quite the same as the average home cook’s – but he had every confidence that Kitcheners would custom-design a set-up to suit even his unique demands.

Tetsuya Wakuda, one of the world’s leading chefs, is renowned for his culinary philosophy, technique and design. According to Tetsuya, an inspiring and practical kitchen environment is a key ingredient to cooking perfection. That’s why he has collaborated with Electrolux to design a spectacular cooking and dining space within his Sydney restaurant, Tetsuya’s.

Barbara and Peter are delighted with their new kitchen and the difference it makes to their living area. After nine years living in their Sydney home, Barbara and Peter felt the kitchen needed more storage and, in fact, that it could do with a complete update. Because the house is a semi, there were a few restrictions on the layout they’d have to work with, the main one being that there were windows right along one side and a party wall on the other.

It’s a classic colour combination that always looks modern no matter what decade it is. This kitchen was done with Resene paints in Alabaster and Nero – Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen covers the walls and Resene SpaceCote Flat was used on the ceilings. The splashback above the sink is Laminex’s Vizage Vertical Surfaces in Black Ripple – the contemporary alternative to tiles – and the gorgeous black floor is in Pirelli lookalike self-patterned vinyl.

Light, neutral colours and elegant touches give this kitchen a warm, welcoming feel. Damien Bruce runs Bruce Bros, a floor covering company based in Miranda, so he has plenty of experience when it comes to choosing the right design. He’s seen many beautiful projects over the years and when his family decided to build their dream home in the Sydney suburb of Caringbah five years ago, their builder and interior designer had high standards to meet.

Margaret’s new house – built on the site of her old one, surrounded by a forest of spotted gum trees – appears to have more windows than walls, all held in place by a solid-steel framework. Not unexpectedly, perhaps, green figures prominently in the interior scheme. Margaret is particularly pleased with the kitchen in the open-plan living area on the upper level. “My son and I love cooking,” she exclaims, so with the help of David Sutherland at Tanner Architects, she fitted it out with everything they needed in the way of state-of-the-art equipment to make it even more enjoyable.

The owners of this heritage-listed home had a number of clear objectives for its renovation. Carolyn wanted the kitchen to be modern yet blend with the home decor, and – most importantly – it had to be up to the task she required of it and be easy to keep clean. “The CaesarStone benchtop, stainless-steel top-of-the-line appliances and fi ttings, along with the sealed limestone floor were selected because they make cleaning a breeze!” To avoid one item becoming a focal point, Carolyn went for pieces that melded, creating a seamless kitchen with modern appeal.

Updating their 1920s Tudor-style home, the Carrolls wanted the kitchen to open to the casual dining and living areas and benefi t from the light streaming through the atrium roof. The biggest challenge was having an up-to-the-minute kitchen that didn’t jar with the traditional feel of the rest of the home, and they overcame that by using crisp white paint and finishings and chocolate-coloured wood. Dark floorboards carry through from the rest of the house, and the striking cupboards match the dark roof beams.

Thanks to the rise of the celebrity chef and shows like MasterChef, ‘staying in’ is the new ‘going out’.

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Stunning looks in the kitchen are all well and good, but the space also has to function efficiently.

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