Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 7 - Page 72

Look around you! This could have been the brief for this entertainer’s and family kitchen created by Craig Steere Architects as part of a whole coastal home design. White sands, stone, and driftwood are all represented in the tones and materials of the home, and the kitchen extends this look, says associate architect Mark de Rozario. The kitchen furthers the home’s clean, simple lines as well – to an extent melding with its surrounding, with touches like a wood soffit running the length of the space and the slender engineered stone benchtops. search | save | share at “Being a social hub and a throughway, we added to the integrated feel by giving the cabinetry a furniture-like appeal,” he says. “Hence, the recessed pull handles and hidden functionality. The panel to the left of the integrated refrigerator is a pivot door opening to a discreet scullery.” On the other side of the fridge is an appliance cupboard accessed by pocket sliders – leaving this open creates a dif- ferent look for the space. And there’s a concealed coffee nook beyond that. A dishwasher and further storage are located on the inner side of the island. “The large island has plenty of room in front, making it ideal for social gatherings,” de Rozario says. “And the kitchen’s central location offers easy access to the living and outdoor areas, while taking in the stunning sea views and views to the pool. “A low upstand screens clutter from the dining area at this prepping end of the kitchen, without impeding the outlook.” The design also avoids the chef feeling isolated when cooking – a child’s study nook is set near the family-friendly kitchen.