A baker’s delight
It might be small but this cleverly designed kitchen has everything a home chef needs, writes Louise Surette
Thanks to their narrow shape and limited space, single-fronted terrace houses are always a bit tricky when it comes to renovations. So when Travis Dean, director of kitchen design and manufacturing company Cantilever Interiors, had to design a new kitchen in an extension for a homeowner in Albert Park Melbourne, he knew he would need to draw on some clever ideas.
He looked no further than the company’s K2 kitchen design which relies on thoughtful design that is easy to use.
Lines are clean and simple with a mix of open shelving and robust hardware for the cabinet doors.
Here are some of the project’s bright ideas.
A narrow home means a narrow kitchen, which in turn means a narrow island bench.
At only 700mm deep, this island bench was designed to be appliance-free to allow Travis’ client, a keen baker, to use the entire space for activities such as rolling pastry and kneading bread. It also provides a great spot for entertaining.
“All the services, such as the sink and the cooktop, are on the perimeter, so there is a clear surface (on the island bench) for prepping and serving,” Travis says.
The shadow line within the bench’s structure is a detail that helps showcase the mix of materials.
In this case, the materials are Neolith sintered stone (a form of engineered stone with high impact resistance and durability) in Arctic White for the bench itself and blackbutt timber veneer for the two boxes that break up the front and showcase cookbooks.
Travis chose white, with just a few touches of black and timber, because he didn’t want the small space to look too busy.
Hidden in the wash
Travis had to find a way to fit a laundry in the already small kitchen. He squeezed in a European laundry under the staircase and behind cupboard doors so it was well hidden.
He chose stainless steel for the laundry bench, which features a seamless trough, because it was durable and meant it could be made to measure for the small space.
“When you put in a drop-in laundry trough, they are generally bigger and you have to allow for a lot of space around it, but here we could have it right to the edges,” he says.
The trough was big enough for a small bucket to fit and could also be used as a fixed ice and drinks bucket during a party.
The fridge/freezer is integrated into the kitchen cabinetry to ensure the kitchen’s simple lines and seamless look remain uninterrupted.
The Bora cooktop is also streamlined. Travis chose the cooktop because the German design didn’t require a rangehood — it draws smoke and steam under the cooktop and exhausts it outside of the house.
“It means that the cabinetry above the cooktop is freed up and you can do what you want with the space,” he says.
The kitchen also features two Gaggenau wall ovens. The top Combi-microwave model can switch between microwave, grill and oven functions.
Putting it away
Storage is a mix of streamlined cupboards, drawers and timber box shelving. Next to the oven tower is a swing-out pantry, while above the far bench is a row of lift-up cupboards, which was an ideal design for a small kitchen.
“You can have all of them lifted up and open at the same time quite comfortably because they are all above you,” Travis says.
“And from a design point of view you get that nice horizontal profile. With vertical cupboard doors, you can’t leave them open because they’ll be in the way.”
Storage also includes cupboards set up to the ceiling, and drawers in the island bench.
Timber box shelving breaks up the allwhite cabinetry.
The laundry sink was custom built and doubles as a drinks bucket for parties.