Barry Du Bois’s kitchen reno improves the whole house for one happy family.
Barry Du Bois turns a tiny kitchen into a modern, practical space that’s just right for a family of five.
THE LANDLOCKED KITCHEN in David and Naomi’s house may have been stylish back in the ’70s, but it didn’t fit current life for their blended family. It was dark, cramped, lacked storage and divided the house in two. David loves to cook, but this congested kitchen made it hard work. Barry’s clever makeover opens up the entire house and creates a beautiful, functional kitchen.
The first job for Barry and his team was to demolish the existing benches and cabinetry, along with three existing walls. This transformed the three distinct areas into one large open space, allowing natural light to flood in and make the home feel bigger.
LAYING IT OUT
Working with a blank canvas, Barry reconfigured the space, relocating the work benches and creating a bank of cooking and refrigeration. His design enables better access to the backyard and great flow throughout the house, but still gives the kitchen sufficient privacy. Before the kitchen was put in, new laminate floating floorboards were laid – the click-together boards are inexpensive, look great and are super easy to install (see box, right).
Barry chose bamboo benchtops, gloss white modern cabinet doors and brushed stainless steel handles from the flatpack Kaboodle range available at Bunnings. A dividing wall helps to define the area and provides attractive open storage and display.
HEART OF THE HOME
David and Naomi were amazed with the stunning transformation of their dark and dingy room. “It’s gorgeous – so warm and welcoming. Taking down the walls worked one hundred per cent – it’s just opened it right up!” They really like how they can now interact with all the rooms while in the kitchen, and there’s more bench space than they thought would fit. “It’s a beautiful, clean and fresh space. We love it all!”
after Light and bright The transformed kitchen is much more spacious and accessible.