Family Friendly

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. The built-in coffee machine and the combination microwave oven – both fantastic space savers – are luxuries that were worth splurging on. An extra bank of cupboards at one end holds beach gear and cleaning products – “you can basically throw anything in there,” says Kathryn. The cupboard doors are all Formica, because with three small children they needed something hardwearing that wouldn’t chip too easily. A built-in computer screen that doubles as a TV means Kathryn can check an email or look up something without leaving the children. “The other thing we love is the fridge with the water dispenser. The kids can run in and out of the house and get themselves glasses of water,” Kathryn says. “It’s really the hub of the home – and it’s great for multi-tasking.”

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS
OVEN Miele
DISHWASHER Smeg
REFRIGERATOR Westinghouse
COFFEE MACHINE Miele
BENCHTOP CaesarStone
PAINT Bristol Alpine Snow

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