An extract from our Dream Kitchens special, out now.
Ablack enamel wood-burning Esse stove is at the heart of Jackie and Richard Dargaville’s kitchen in Fish Creek, Victoria. Jackie says the stove was a feature she had to have when the couple were planning the room with Edition Office architects. “It now feels like one of the family… a living, breathing presence that often pleases, sometimes behaves erratically and occasionally has tantrums,” she says. “Despite it all, we love it and wouldn’t want to be without it.” The stove runs on wood and has multiple functions — as well as cooking, it provides hot water and heats the house through pipes in the concrete slab and hydronic panels in the bedrooms. A bank of north-facing windows lets in an abundance of natural light, while silvertop ash wood panelling adds warmth to the monochrome scheme. For information about Edition Office architects, contact (03) 9419 5575; edition-office.com