Queenslanders know the importance of having an inviting outdoor dining and entertainment area, but the real value lies within making that outdoor area an extension of the interior space, rather than an add on.
Two home occupants in Carindale had previously become frustrated with their home’s original layout and décor, its lack of flow between the indoor living areas and their inability to take advantage of their adjoining outdoor space for regular use, family occasions and large gatherings. They presented their design challenge to merge the 1980s property façade with a collection of three small rooms to Kim Duffin, the principal designer at Sublime Architectural Interiors.
The undisputed heart of the home is the kitchen. Many functions are performed in this space and the most important element to any kitchen design is its function. Before you engage a qualified designer to help you renovate your kitchen, ask what you want to get out of the design space and what functions the space is likely to serve.
Kim says the internal walls were the first to go and with the addition of structural support, it revealed a large open plan area to begin the design process from. “The end result meant we could blur the lines between kitchen, living and outdoor dining and entertainment, which was the desired design outcome,” he says.
The kitchen was relocated to be closer to the action and is now a focal point for the Carindale home. Where using the kitchen was once closed off and isolated, it has now become more social, with the ability to have constant contact with anyone in the multiple indoor or outdoor living spaces.
The kitchen’s new generous proportions in bench length and distances between cabinets, matched with the 900mm Ilve oven, creates a space that encourages and accommodates multiple users in a true ‘two person’ kitchen.
A large island, with a feature natural stone table, has been used to gently divide the kitchen, living and dining spaces, with a wine fridge and beverage centre strategically placed in the island for ease of access.
A feature piece of Emperador natural stone was used on the table to give the kitchen a touch of glamour and texture, which, with the chocolate pendants highlights the elements contained in the design. The neutral colour palette was also chosen to complement the existing exterior of the home and to allow the flow around the adjoining spaces to remain uninterrupted, bringing the great outdoors, indoors.
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