“NOW MY KITCHEN WORKS!”

Barry Du Bois trans­forms a dated room, re­shap­ing the lay­out to cre­ate a mod­ern and prac­ti­cal space.

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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.

Tragic time­warp

“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!

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Colour con­trast

Barry up­dated the pine ta­ble and chairs. Black chairs work well with the kitchen cab­i­netry and con­trast with tim­ber tones.

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