“NOW MY KITCHEN WORKS!”
Barry Du Bois transforms a dated room, reshaping the layout to create a modern and practical space.
Barry Du Bois updates a tired room, turning it into a free-flowing, modern space.
A SINGLE WORKING MUM of twin boys, Eirini is kept on her toes, particularly in the kitchen. So it was a shame this room was the one space in her charming and much-loved Victorian-era, inner-city terrace that didn’t cut it in terms of style or practicality. The sauna-style panelling, a look straight out of the 1970s, was the most obvious problem, but the room was quite small for a combined kitchen and diner. The layout was a major issue: the sink and oven were on opposite sides of the room and the fridge was in another room entirely. And the only source of natural light was a window that faced straight into a neighbour’s home, so was never used.
“The kitchen didn’t function well – it took a long time to do basic things, like make breakfast, and the dining table got in the way and was impractical, ugly and old,” says Eirini.
To overcome these issues and create a large space for the kitchen, dining and entertaining areas, Barry redesigned the entire back of the house. Light streamed into the two small rooms behind the existing kitchen, so Barry decided to incorporate their space.
“Knocking down the walls was a great idea.”
By bricking up the kitchen window, demolishing the internal walls and installing custom-made bifold doors, the new larger space has direct access to the great outdoors and overlooks the backyard rather than interior doorways and the neighbours’ unsightly brick wall.
Two-tone “off the shelf” kitchen cabinets from Kaboodle along with a floating timber floor help bring the room into the 21st century. The contrast continues with the modern blonde wood against the black glass double sink and sleek black tiled splashback, making a striking visual impact. The new, updated stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, are now functionally located, giving Eirini’s kitchen a sense of order – a relief for any parent!
The seating area has also been increased, with a versatile breakfast bar added to the kitchen zone, while a quirky storage and display nook was created in the dining zone (see box, above). The natural light flooding in from the new doors was enhanced with a light colour scheme in crisp white for the panelled character ceiling and a subtle grey on the new walls.
Eirini is thrilled with the makeover and adores her stylish, practical and airy open-plan kitchen and dining/ entertaining area. “The colour palette is a surprise but is so beautiful,” she says. “And knocking down the walls was a great idea! It’s changed the whole dynamic. Barry has created two different zones but they work so well together, and the whole house now looks twice as big.”
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The benchtop extends to make a neat new breakfast bar. after Well lit
The new space is beautifully illuminated, thanks to the natural light flooding in through the bifold doors. A stylish pendant provides ambience over the dining table. Downlights behind the overhead cupboards, which are hung away from the wall, reflect off the fully tiled splashback down to where it’s needed – the cooktop and benches.
before Game changer
Two poky rooms plus one dysfunctional kitchen made way for a large, free flowing and practical space which will certainly make life easier for Eirini and her boys.
“With the sink here, the oven over there and the fridge out the back” Eirini struggled with her inefficient old kitchen and felt overwhelmed trying to figure out how to change it. Luckily Barry had a grand plan!
Barry updated the pine table and chairs. Black chairs work well with the kitchen cabinetry and contrast with timber tones.