A long standing client asked me if I would like to update the kitchen in their house.There was much deliberation from the outset as to the scope of the project and whether to open up the house to provide a more open plan feel. Ultimately the decision was made to just take down the wall into the utility room to increase kitchen size.
The owners were keen cooks, and wanted to make best use of the view of the creek which the house overlooked. The obvious choice was to place a central island facing the windows. However, we explored a number of different alternatives before coming back to this option.
I proposed a scheme with a laid back feel and subtle colour palette. Cabinets were in pale ash with quarter sawn olive ash doors and drawers. I turned the handles from cherry. I wanted to create a clean modern feel but also retain the interest and variety one only finds in real wood. Worktops were in Delabole slate as was the floor.
A curvy draining rack was designed for above the sink area with other shelving for treasured objects.
A solid ash worktop was built into the window as a relaxed place for coffee breaks or hangin' out. While the island incorporates an upstand at which spectators can perch and chat with the cook.