The kitchen is the heart of the modern home. Much more than just the place where you prepare your food, it’s the hub of everyday living and entertaining. Because it is such an integral space in the home, the kitchen really needs to tick a lot of boxes:
- A functional, effective layout which enhances the owner’s lifestyle
- Quality kitchen appliances from trusted brands
- Ample storage space
- Design, fixtures and finishes that represent the homeowner’s style and add long-term value to the home
A kitchen renovation will not only change the way you use your kitchen, it can transform your lifestyle.
The best way to illustrate the difference a new kitchen can make in terms of home improvement is to view the ‘before and after’ of the renovation process. In this recent renovation carried out by Harvey Norman Design & Renovations, talented designer Vince McGroaty was working on a project where the existing kitchen was very basic.
According to Vince, the kitchen was the kind that would have been supplied by the builder to meet the minimum requirements. As you can see in the photo below, not only was the original design very generic, but the already narrow kitchen was enclosed behind a 1200mm wall – making both the kitchen and the adjacent living area feel smaller.
This certainly presented Vince with a challenge, but fortunately the clients had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve with their kitchen renovation and Vince was just the man to bring those ideas to life. The main focus was to create a kitchen with a striking design that would maximise both the use of the space and the potential value of the property.
Having been highly recommended by some very satisfied customers, the clients knew their kitchen renovation was in expert hands with Vince.
“They put a lot of trust in me, as well as the brand, and allowed me a fair degree of free reign when it came to creating their kitchen,” Vince admits.
Customised To Cooking Style
Beyond the design focus, priority was given to the cooking style and lifestyle needs of the clients. Vince took the time to chat to his clients to learn how they like to spend their time in the kitchen. This greater understanding about how the kitchen would be used day-to-day allowed Vince to recommend a layout that would be conducive to their culinary endeavours.
“They love to cook, sometimes with them both in the kitchen cooking at the same time, so it became more practical to separate the oven and the cooktop,” explains Vince.
Having two cooks also creates a need for more bench space so that both of the major cooking appliances have room to be operated in unison.
The bench top chosen was Dekton Danae by Cosentino, which features a 12mm smooth matte finish with a 1mm pencil edge. To complement this, the splashback was made from 6mm-thick Gotham Midnight Starfire glass.
In keeping with the premium finish of the kitchen, quality cooking appliances from Fisher & Paykel were selected for their sleek design, innovative features and powerful performance. The Fisher & Paykel 600mm Pyrolytic Oven (OB60SL11DEPX) boasts an intuitive control system that allows for precise cooking mode selection, and ActiveVent™ technology which controls the level of moisture in the oven for superb cooking results.
Also from Fisher & Paykel, the new 600mm Induction Cooktop features a 4-zone cooktop with Touch & Slide controls and an easy-clean glass surface to maintain a sleek, modern look while providing premium performance.
Breaking Down The Wall
For their renovation, Vince’s clients wanted to stay away from a heavy, commercial look to ensure their new kitchen would have more of a ‘furnished feel’ when viewed from the lounge.
“They also asked for it to be an area where they could socialise and entertain, rather than be obstructed by the barrier of the wall that was currently in place,” Vince explains.
This meant that both the kitchen and the living area had to be opened up and integrated into the entertaining space – requiring a complete kitchen makeover. To make this happen, Vince focused on blurring the lines of transition between the kitchen and lounge area.
Incorporating a drinks cabinet and breakfast bar at either end greatly increased the functionality of the space. “Now it presents very much as a piece of furniture, while gradually evolving to the functional kitchen without losing that furnished feel,” Vince explains.
When viewed from the dining area, the cabinetry appears to be floating above the floor. This is due to the use of matching polyurethane and 6mm toughened mirror kickboards. To make them stand out even more and add the illusion of additional depth, a charcoal shadowline is used in the handle area to create a slight disconnect from the benchtop.
Converting the wall into cabinetry greatly increased the amount of available storage. The cabinet doors were made from 18mm flat-face gloss polyurethane in a Canvas Cloth colour with black matte Shadowline handles and Blum soft-close hinges. Blum ‘Antaro’ drawers were also added, with three Blum ‘Orgaline’ inserts and a twin 30-litre bin system adding to the clever storage options.
That Sinking Feeling
A kitchen sink can be so much more than just purely functional – it can be used as the keystone of the kitchen design.
For this renovation, Vince and his clients chose the Franke ‘Mythos’ Fusion Sink. The black colour fits in with the charcoal shadowline of the cabinetry to provide an accent that adds shade to the palette of the kitchen. This modern choice is also evident in the Gessi ‘Ispa’ Sink Mixer which features a black spout insert. Made in Italy and designed by Prospero Rasulo, this mixer boasts a 5-star WELS rating for modern efficiency as well as modern design.
If seeing this transformation has sparked a few kitchen design ideas of your own, then we recommend checking out our blog on the 6 things you must consider before renovating your kitchen. From there, it’s then a simple matter of getting in touch with the team at Harvey Norman Design & Renovations. They’ve got over 30 years of experience and have completed over 20,000 renovations so you know they’ve got the know-how to bring your dream kitchen to life. Want to have your new kitchen installed before Christmas? Now’s the time to get started and book it in! You can find more inspiration in the impressive Harvey Norman Renovation showrooms, make an enquiry online or call 02 9737 6350 to have a designer come to your home.