fresh faMILY FUNCtionality CONCORD
Interior Design by St James Whitting
Joinery construction by Zarrella Kitchens
Photography by Marian Riabic
A Californian Bungalow celebrates clean lines, open living and functional family entertaining
The brief from our clients was for a clean, light filled contemporary kitchen and laundry renovation that transformed the existing dark U Shape timber kitchen into a functional light heart of the home that enabled the family to enjoy the outdoor courtyard area and solve existing storage issues in the laundry and kitchen.
Family functionality was at the central core concept of the interior design, materials specification and space planning, to ensure a busy working family of five adults could have ample storage and work areas whilst maintaining a clean aesthetic. The butler’s kitchen laundry hosts the refrigerator in the return, washing machine and dryer and a custom storage unit for hiding unsightly golf clubs that is accessible from the back yard. The appliances nook was transformed into a cafe hub that features LED lighting and an extendable bench for easy access and maintenance.
All joinery was custom built by Zarrella Kitchens ensuring quality of production and longevity with Laminex Essastone unique calacatta bench tops, George Fethers. LIGNAPAL pre-finished natural timber veneers and a complete colour specification in SJW Elementals Collection coloured by Resene. Appliances were up-cycled from the previous kitchen as they were in good condition and valued by the home owners. Walls and ceilings were painted in St James Whitting Elementals Collection coloured by Resene zero-VOC paints. Economical options were selected for tiles from Kalafrana Ceramics, while not compromising on quality and style.
The external palette of the outdoor living area was integrated into the interior design scheme through the limited-edition fine art print Winton Ponds by Catherine Whitting from the St James Whitting art studio and The Curious Art Bar. Inspired by the writings of author Tim Winton, Winton Ponds is an exploration in layering and colour washes that add a freshness and zest to the interior.
” I keep asking my husband when we are going to have to leave our beautiful holiday home – then, as I look around at the beautiful interiors, I realise I am on holiday when we are at home – it is our forever home” Arti
Cabinets feature George Fethers natural timber veneer details. with customised internal storage solutions and soft-close drawers and doors. Hardware inside cabinets provides functional storage for recycling bins, cutlery and utensils, herbs and spices, chopping boards and baking dishes. The custom made Cafe Hub features a pull out bench to avoid excess steam from small appliances damaging the cabinets.. Timber highlights in the joinery create visual interest and break up the block of pure white. LED down lights provide ample illumination to workbenches and for ambiance. Bench tops and splash backs feature hard-wearing Essastone by Laminex Unique Calacutta. The owners requested to keep the existing appliances and complement these with a hidden range hood. The refrigerator is nestled in the return wall of the butlers kitchen/laundry to maintain the white clean architectural lines of the kitchen..
A family home steeped in memory and history that needed a more space and a lightness of being .