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Architect: Craig Steere, Craig Steere Architects Kitchen manufacturer: Histonium Furniture Cabinetry: Lacquered in Polar White Benchtops and splashback: Statuario marble Sink: AFA Cubeline Taps: Perrin & Rowe Oven, cooktop and dishwasher: Miele Ventilation: Qasair Refrigeration: Liebherr Water dispenser: Aqua Pure Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Serena Pearce resources & images 46832 at search tida at Top right: The kitchen is on the main axis of the house, which sits on a long, narrow site. A blackboard wall near the entry to the scullery is used for notes and shopping lists. Above right: Timber floors enhance the casual ambience of the main living area. The display cabinets and sideboard near the dining table appear as extensions of the kitchen cabinetry. The clerestory windows, which are electronically operated, provide cross ventilation. The cabinetry continues the theme. Recessed panel doors and drawers have square-edged frame detailing, echoed by display cabinets and a sideboard in the dining area. “It’s a very simple detail, in keeping with the beach aesthetic,” says Steere. “And there is no hint of any mouldings in the kitchen – we wanted to ensure it was not over-decorated.” The traditional references are balanced by an island that resembles a large block of marble. Statuario marble wraps the front, search | save | share at top and sides, and forms the splashback. “The island has a strong sculptural quality, rather like a piece of art,” says the architect. “The white, grey and dark grey veining in the marble complements the colour palette throughout the house.” Functionality is also assured. As well as the cabinetry storage in the main part of the kitchen there is an open scullery and computer nook tucked at the rear of the kitchen. The refrigerator, at the front of this space, is easily accessed from the main workstation and the outdoor dining area.