Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 95

or be opened up as part of the wider space.” And a little like a giant matching bookend, another cubed, wood-clad insertion lies on the other side of the kitchen – again, this box’s simple lines belie its multipurpose functionality. “The strategic placement of this two-way bathroom-powder room allows it to be accessed from both outdoors or the kitchen – so it serves as a powder room and a pool bathroom, avoid- ing need for wet footprints through the home.” A walk-in pantry that links straight to the kitchen is tucked in at the side of this insertion. “And while the two box-like forms recede visually, the entertainer’s kitchen between them draws the eye from most areas,” says Simons. The kitchen deftly balances functional- ity and drama. The room-high wall cabinetry holds a wealth of storage but, blending in with the wider colour palette, it also recedes from sight. Out front, the chunky dark granite island is dramatically contrasted with a waterfall side counter in a beautifully veined white marble. The latter provides for casual breakfast seating. A new main bathroom reflecting a boutique hotel-style feel and an upmarket, contemporary master ensuite were also part of the project. Facing page, top and lower, and above left: While packing a punch in terms of functio