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Project

Lyall Bay kitchen

Ar­chi­tect

Mary Daish Ar­chi­tect

Lo­ca­tion

Lyall Bay, Welling­ton

Brief

Re­work the kitchen in a 1920s bun­ga­low as part of a ren­o­va­tion of the house. “The own­ers cook a lot, so it’s a work­ing kitchen,” says Welling­ton ar­chi­tect Mary Daish of the space she re­fit­ted in a 1920s bun­ga­low in Lyall Bay. “It’s util­i­tar­ian in na­ture, but hope­fully there are some mo­ments where they can ex­press them­selves and their ob­jects.” The project was part of a ren­o­va­tion in which Daish neatly re­worked three small bed­rooms and an over­sized bath­room into two bed­rooms with a dress­ing room and a re­designed laun­dry. The kitchen sits in the mid­dle of the home, look­ing through the liv­ing area to the beach across the road. It’s also linked to a shel­tered back­yard through a new glass door and win­dow seat that ush­ers light and warmth into the house. “Just that one lit­tle move can make all the dif­fer­ence to how you use your house.” It’s a small space, how did you get more el­bow room? MARY DAISH The kitchen is where it was orig­i­nally and we didn’t move the hob or sink, but it had a weird tri­an­gle-shaped bench. We straight­ened it up, put a stain­less steel bench on and got the stor­age work­ing well. We got rid of an awk­ward ap­pli­ance garage with bi­fold doors, so now it wraps around into a U. We took the shelves up to the ceil­ing above the bench and built draw­ers be­low the bench – there’s also a skinny pantry with a ‘SpaceTower’ unit by Blum and tri­an­gle draw­ers in the cor­ner. Tell us about the cab­i­netry. We wanted to ex­press the join­ery car­cass by pulling through and fram­ing the draw­ers, so you get frames of ash ply. It makes it feel a bit more like a piece of fur­ni­ture rather than a mod­ern ho­mo­ge­neous kitchen where the drawer fronts are all the same. We were try­ing to be re­spect­ful of some of the ex­ist­ing de­tail­ing and not make it feel like a UFO that’s landed in the house. How did you stop it from feel­ing busy? The upper cup­board doors and walls are painted in ‘Ti­rau’ by Du­lux; be­low bench they’re Fu­tura ply. It’s about mak­ing it sit nicely; not in­tro­duc­ing too many ma­te­ri­als. My mum [food writer Lois Daish] al­ways reck­oned you should never have more than three in­gre­di­ents on your plate – and I’ve taken that as a bit of a de­sign check. Three ma­te­ri­als in a kitchen is about right. Cab­i­netry Lam­i­nated Ply­wood Fu­tura in Porce­lain from Plytech. Ex­trac­tor Falmec. Fridge Fisher & Paykel. Han­dles ‘In 350’ from Kat­a­log. Hard­ware An­taro and Orga-line from Blum. Light­ing LED light­ing from Moth Light. Oven, hobs, dish­washer Bosch. Sink ‘SK1 Riva’ from Mercer. Spout and spray rinse ‘Oberon U’ by Per­rin & Rowe from In Res­i­dence. Tap­ware Per­rin & Rowe. Tiles ‘Liver­pool’ in Port­land from Tile Space.

1. En­try 2. Bed­room 3. Liv­ing 4. Din­ing 5. Kitchen 6. Laun­dry 7. Bath­room 8. Sit­ting 9. Bed­room 10. Dress­ing

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