An­nika Row­son of Row­son Kitchens

Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES -

The New­bolds had lived with a U-shaped kitchen for al­most 10 years. How did you con­vince them to opt for a gal­ley in­stead?

The orig­i­nal kitchen was quite small and there were two cor­ners that were dif­fi­cult to ac­cess and didn’t of­fer much stor­age. Re­mov­ing these and work­ing to a gal­ley lay­out gave Fleur and Paul much-needed ac­ces­si­ble drawer stor­age. If we’d kept with the orig­i­nal U-shape, the main ben­e­fit would have been more bench­ing, but we added bench­ing in a sep­a­rate nook.

What was your think­ing behind the nook?

The walls in the nook once housed tall units. By push­ing back into this space, we were able to seam­lessly in­cor­po­rate an in­te­grated fridge and pantry set ei­ther side of a bench com­plete with a small sink and open dis­play shelv­ing above it. We pur­pose­fully chose not to put a door on this space and de­signed it to look beau­ti­ful so the need to con­ceal it was re­moved. Con­tin­u­ing the Mid­dle Earth tiles from the kitchen splash­back cre­ates a co­he­sive flow and adds un­ex­pected tex­ture. Given the cof­fee cul­ture in the New­bold fam­ily, hav­ing a space to pre­pare bev­er­ages, while not in­ter­rupt­ing the flow of the kitchen, was im­por­tant too.

Liv­ing in a house where a ren­o­va­tion is tak­ing place can be stress­ful – do you have any ad­vice on how to han­dle it?

Pack up ev­ery­thing that’s not re­quired, keeping the bare min­i­mum. It saves you hav­ing to clean items and fur­ni­ture and al­lows the tradies in­volved to work more freely. I also sug­gest mov­ing out for the re­ally messy stages, es­pe­cially if you’re jug­gling chil­dren and an­i­mals. Oth­er­wise it means set­ting up a camp kitchen and try­ing to keep at least one main room or zone tidy as a space to re­treat to. An ac­cu­rate time­line is also a life­saver: it in­forms you of the pro­cesses/ trades in­volved and helps to keep your fo­cus on the end re­sult.

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