We’re very proud that the idea for Nahtanha and Rhys’s kitchen was partially recycled.
Price guide*: $25K – $35KSpecifications
Doors: Square profile 2pac painted doors in Dulux Natural White Satin and British Paints Solid Stone Satin by Redwood Panels & Kickers: 2pac painted panels and kickers in Dulux Natural White Satin by Redwood Benchtop: 40mm Caesarstone in Sleek Concrete by Ideal Stone Drawer Runners: Blum Intivo soft close by Wilson & Bradley Splashback: Concrete black tile 300×600 by Eco Tile Factory Handles & Knobs: Volterra by Artia Internal Hardware: Blum Aventos HF lift up doors to study nook and 60L bin with 4 compartments door mounted with soft close by Wilson & Bradley Lighting: LED warm white downlights by Wilson & Bradley Floor: Australian chestnut & Wormy chestnut Floating Shelves: 22mm thick solid timber top, 33mm thick shelves in Wormy Chesnut by Wood ‘n’ Doors Island Slab Ends: Reclaimed Baltic pine floorboards in Matt polyeurethane finish Sink: Franke Neptune NEX651 Taps: Franke Oven/Cooktop: Westinghouse WFE914SA Rangehood: Westinghouse WRF900CS Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel DW60CH Refrigerator/Freezer: Fisher & Paykel E522BRXFD4 Microwave Oven: SMEG SA37X Bar Stools: Manhattan 650mm height by Concept Collections
*Price guide includes: cabinetry, tops and splash backs. Exclusions: appliances, electrical, and plumbing
...the idea of using reclaimed Baltic pine floorboards in the joinery was assigned to the too-hard basket by other cabinet makers...
Nahtanha and Rhys have a young family and an old home with lovely period style features in an established suburb of Adelaide. Their new extension included a generous amount of space for an open-plan kitchen/ living/ entertaining area. From a design perspective, it was a blank sheet. But all their ideas drew was a lot of blank stares before they came to SpaceCraft Joinery.
The mainstream cabinetmakers Nahtanha and Rhys originally approached were reticent to stray too far from their modularised comfort zones and do anything outside the norm. The couple’s idea of using reclaimed Baltic pine floorboards in the joinery was assigned to the too-hard basket and their quotes ignored the concept.
When they came to us, however, they could see from our previous work that we love thinking outside the melamine box. And whilst this wasn’t something Nathan had ever done before, he readily agreed to build the reclaimed floorboards into his design. Maintaining their gnarly appearance would make them much more difficult to work with. But these are exactly the sort of fascinating challenges that get us out of bed every morning.
...a multi-purpose, open-plan space for this growing family with lots of room to grow and entertain...
As it turned out, minor frustrations aside, our team relished this project. And we hope the feeling shows in the end product. The overall design Nathan came up with creates a multi-purpose, open-plan space for this growing family with lots of room to grow and entertain, including a servery to link the interior to the exterior, and an adjacent study nook.
The style of kitchen Nahtanha and Rhys were looking for was a kind of rustic industrial approach. The dark grey joinery provides a direct visual link to the colour and feel of the powder-coated aluminium window frames, and task lighting creates a sense of theatre.
Under those pools of light, the recycled timber glows as a feature of the waterfall ends to the island bench. In the end, aside from a light sand and a satin polish, the timber is still magnificently original. Echoing that look, we built open shelving in wormy chestnut to stand out against the dark tiling.
And extending the gritty feel, the study nook next to the pantry features the exposed red brick of the old exterior wall. In time, this is where Nahtanha and Rhys will watch their kids do their homework. But, for now, the whole space gives this busy couple a relaxing comfort zone away from their working lives.