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The designer positioned the baking area on this rear wall, but retained part of the original walls to accommodate cavity sliders and to minimise structural changes. “These doors can be closed to screen off the baking zone from the drinks area on the right. This is especially helpful if the food mixer is being used. It functions like a scullery, but it’s a lot more open and pleasant to work in – we introduced a new full-height window to this end of the kitchen so it is flooded with light.” The main food preparation area comprises a sink bench under the window, and a long island with an induction cooktop. An L-shaped bar top provides additional bench space for plating up. “We continued the mainly black and white colour palette from the family room, but also introduced warm coffee shades, which give the kitchen a café aesthetic,” says Roberts. The mid-brown stain of the oak bar top highlights the woodgrain, while a dark-stained suspended shelf visually balances the Cosmic Black granite of the benchtop beneath. “We teamed this with ‘new classic‘ white cabinetry – recessed panel doors provide an enduring, handcrafted look,” says Roberts. Top: A removable wood prep board is integrated into the black granite benchtop beside the induction cooktop. The board is raised a few millimetres above the bench surface so items can be transferred easily to cooking pans. Above: Positioning the main work area so it faces outwards ensures the owners can socialise with guests as they prepare meals. The long bar top provides extra space to plate up meals. search | save | share at