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with its open connections and wealth of natural light, but the look of the kitchen is in keeping with the home’s 1920s origins,” says Smith. “Elements like the butler’s sink, brass pulls, and subway tiles – not to mention the gleaming retro Smeg fridge – are all suited to the period.” And while slender countertops are again the order of the day in modern kitchens, they also fitted well with the retro feel of this design. There’s a lot of texture in the kitchen – the owners definitely did not want a minimal look – hence the panelled doors on the cabinetry. “We added a hearth with shelving at the back of the space, which also suited the period.” The kitchen’s low ceiling had to be retained, constricted by other earlier reworkings upstairs. Exposed beams were part of this and now have feature pendant lights suspended from one of them – signalling the most social area of the kitchen, the island and pull-up stools. “We extended the batten ceiling from the dining area for continuity,” says Smith. “And similarly, the existing floors were retained and reworked for a seamless flow throughout.” These provide an ideal contrast for a kitchen design where everything is white or cream. These pages: A modest extension beyond the home’s envelope and a reorienting of the tired, cramped existing kitchen resulted in a roomy feel in this period-look design by Architecture Smith + Scully. Classic elements like panel doors, brass pulls, subway tiles and a retro Smeg fridge all create a period feel – but the layout and access to various spaces suggest a more modern sensibility. search | save | share at