This earthy industrial kitchen stands out from the flock.
Price guide*: $25 - 35kSpecifications
Doors & Panels: Reclaimed solid blackbutt timber Panels: Flat panel style, finished in a clear polyurethane matt finish Kickboards: Solid blackbutt timber Finished in a clear polyurethane matt finish Benchtop: 60mm polished concrete Drawer Runners: Blum tandembox soft close Splashback: Charcoal subway tile Handles & Knobs: Slimline finger pull Internal Hardware: Blum corner drawers, soft close doors and drawers Floor: Existing red brick Sink: Franke EOX 621 Taps: Single Mixer Oven: Miele electric 600 x 600 Cooktop: Miele electric ceramic cook top with 3 zones Rangehood: Schweigen Silent canopy 15 Dishwasher: Dishlex silver Refrigerator/Freezer: Fisher and Paykel ActiveSmart™ Fridge – 900mm French Door with Ice & Water 614L RF610ADUSX4
*Price guide includes: cabinetry, tops and splash backs. Exclusions: appliances, electrical, and plumbing
...the owners wanted us to open up the kitchen and recreate it with that highly contemporary semi-industrial feel...
This is an older home with lots of space and lots of timber. Now, as cabinetmakers, we love wood. The timber kitchen here, however, was dark, dated, tired and in need of repair, making the place feel heavy and sombre.
With plenty of space to play with (for a welcome change), the owners wanted us to open up the kitchen and recreate it with that highly contemporary semi-industrial feel that would still be at one with the period of the house. In its favour was a red-brick floor throughout, which we could build on stylistically as well as physically.
With an exposed timber beam right down the middle of the room, the trick here was to create the right flow and link the new with the old in an architecturally pleasing fashion.
...reclaimed timber was sourced from the Darling Downs in outback Queensland, where they were the support beams of an old shearers’ quarters...
The charm of this design is that it brings the warm, earthy, natural tones together. Rising out of the red-brick floors are blackbutt timber cabinets with flat-panel doors and solid kickboards, all finished in a clear matt polyurethane. This reclaimed timber was sourced from the Darling Downs in outback Queensland, where they were the support beams of an old shearers’ quarters. It’s a unique feature that truly makes this kitchen stand out from the flock.
On top of the blackbutt, concrete benchtops were poured, which were polished to perfection for some heavy industrial chic, delineated by charcoal subway tiles for all the splashbacks. The materials and finishes create a space that is fresh, yet in keeping with the period of the cottage. It’s a tricky balance but we think we pulled it off.
To work in with the exposed timber beam in the middle of the room, the existing floor-to-ceiling wall was cut down to above the benchtop. This opened the kitchen up to the living area, although we still left a concealed cooking nook. Whilst the island bench is a feature with its open shelving, the large fridge hides away in a corner cabinet so it doesn’t overcrowd the space. The microwave is also kept out of sight.
There’s a lovely natural feel to this kitchen from its honest construction and the patina of reclaimed timber, which you just can’t copy. We know the owners are going to enjoy all the craft we put into this space for a long time to come.
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