HOME Magazine NZ - - Design Notebook - Ar­chi­tect . . . . . . Jane Priest Text ............ Suzan­neDale Pho­tog­ra­phy . . Jackie Meir­ing Lo­ca­tion . . . . . . . Herne Bay, Auck­land Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . A func­tional kitchen for a grow­ing fam­ily, with an is­land that faces the pool and deck

With con­sid­ered plan­ning and ma­te­rial choices, a villa wel­comes a new ad­di­tion in a happy merger.

What were the big­gest chal­lenges? The plan­ning stage – the kitchen is lo­cated in the main thor­ough­fare link­ing the pool, gar­den and ad­ja­cent dou­ble-height liv­ing ar­eas. The kitchen is very vis­i­ble and needed to be an en­dur­ing de­sign us­ing high-qual­ity, func­tional ma­te­ri­als. The ex­ter­nal slid­ing cedar shut­ters are an im­por­tant fea­ture as they con­trol sun and pri­vacy of the west-fac­ing win­dows, which were es­sen­tial for nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion. How did you in­te­grate the kitchen in the mid­dle level be­tween the orig­i­nal villa and new liv­ing room? The de­sign fo­cuses on clean lines, read­ing as a piece of fur­ni­ture that would keep the space as open as pos­si­ble and not in­ter­rupt sight lines through the house and into the gar­den. We chose ma­te­ri­als to com­ple­ment both the tra­di­tional fea­tures of the orig­i­nal villa and the mod­ern lines of the new ad­di­tion. Tell us about the ma­te­ri­als that were car­ried through. The walls be­tween the villa and new ad­di­tion are tongue-and­groove, rem­i­nis­cent of turn of-the-cen­tury solid tim­ber pan­elling. The scullery door is ‘hid­den’ within this and barely vis­i­ble. Solid brass drawer pulls, tap­ware and foot rails ref­er­ence the brass hard­ware of the orig­i­nal villa. The mar­ble her­ring­bone tiling in the is­land and scullery is a tra­di­tional pat­tern of­ten used in her­itage homes.

Bench­top Car­rara mar­ble from SCE Stone & De­sign. Cab­i­netry Two-pot Re­sene ‘Milk White’ by Karen Walker and Amer­i­can oak ve­neer. Carafe Norm Ar­chi­tects for Menu from Si­mon James. Ex­trac­tor Qa­sair from Kouz­ina. Han­dles Brass ‘D’ han­dles by Wil­son & Macin­doe. Hobb Wolf from Kouz­ina. Is­land Car­rara her­ring­bone mar­ble tiles from SCE Stone & De­sign. Lights over is­land In­lite cylin­der down­light. Ovens Gagge­nau side-by-side from Kouz­ina. Salad bowl Paul Melser. Splash­back Car­rara mar­ble from SCE Stone & De­sign. Tap­ware Vola kitchen mixer from Metrix. Un­der-bench fridge Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer.

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