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necessary piping behind the toekicks,” he says. Moved from the other side of the unit, the new gleaming white kitchen now fits neatly into the space originally occupied by the verandah. The kitchen looks into both the family and living areas, while a structural pillar hides the cooktop and rangehood from both these spaces. “We had to retain this pillar as it was part of the original main structural wall of the building, with the verandah built out beyond that.” To keep the sense of the original verandah, the dining space beyond has low bench seating and is like an extension of the kitchen itself. While the adjacent living spaces have been restored with appropriate architectural detailing, the kitchen offers crisp, clean-lined modernity. “Most of the day-to-day function is tucked away behind cabinetry doors at the end. As well as an integrated pantry and appliances, there’s also a small appliance cupboard at the right. The benchtop runs right into this, so you can simply draw a toaster straight out for use.” The prep sink and most bench space runs under the windows, which act as a splashback. The white marble on the benchtops is repeated on the fire surround – tying the areas together. Facing page, upper and lower: This long, slender apartment kitchen connects with the adjacent living and family spaces in the home. Architraves and the fireplace in the family room were both reinstated. Above: The long view – at the end of the kitchen, banquette seating optimises seating options and light. Given the narrow space, work triangles are tight and convenient. Recessed handles were chosen so they wouldn’t catch on clothing. search | save | share at