A baker’s de­light

It might be small but this clev­erly de­signed kitchen has ev­ery­thing a home chef needs, writes Louise Surette

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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.

Is­land bench

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.

Kitchen in­te­gra­tion

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.

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