– Blum fit­tings prove the ideal choice for a ru­ral Karaka kitchen

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What was the brief for this project?

The client wanted a New Zealand-style home that blended in with the Karaka landscape. The kitchen and the cab­i­netry, which was all con­structed by Car­lielle Kitchens, then had to fit in with the feel and the ma­te­ri­als used through­out the rest of the in­te­rior of the home.

Why was it an ex­cit­ing house to work on?

It was great to have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a home that is a take on a mod­ern farmhouse and which re­sponds to the ty­pol­ogy of the site and the ru­ral wet­land views. The kitchen and din­ing room is con­tained with a con­ser­va­tory-type space that is glazed on three sides with full-height tim­ber join­ery. The pool then aligns with these ar­eas and runs di­rectly off the house. When work­ing in the kitchen, the own­ers stand look­ing down the length of the pool. Cre­at­ing a kitchen that blended in with the warmth of the in­te­rior ma­te­rial pal­ette and be­came a part of the whole was quite sat­is­fy­ing. The kitchen is quite sim­ple and doesn’t try to cre­ate noise.

How long did it take?

The process of de­sign­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the home was car­ried out over a year. Con­struc­tion took 14 months.

You used Blum through­out the house, why?

We used Blum for all the drawer slides and cabi­net hinges in the kitchen, bath­room van­i­ties, laun­dry and other built-in cab­i­netry through­out the home. Blum fit­tings are very smooth and re­li­able, giv­ing SGA con­fi­dence around the op­er­a­tion, tol­er­ances and longevity of the bam­boo ply­wood cab­i­netry.

What does the client love most about the fin­ished de­sign?

They love that the home is warm and easy to live in and ac­com­mo­dates their nu­mer­ous pets. The space has a real con­nec­tion to the land around it and the qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als and dis­creet de­sign mean it doesn’t feel pre­ten­tious, which is re­ally the key to any farmhouse.

The nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als used in­side the home are de­signed to blend with the sur­round­ing landscape. The kitchen re­spects farmhouse qual­i­ties, min­i­mal with con­scious de­sign de­tails for longevity.

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