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BATHROOM HOME KITCHEN If you're designing a bathroom for a new home or renovating your existing one, you'll quickly discover how involved the process can be. It's not only the challenge of how to fit the different functional zones into the often limited space available, but also the bewildering number of choices for the fittings, fixtures and materials required. One of the best ways to start creating the bathroom – or home, or kitchen – you've always wanted, is to look through recently completed projects by top designers and architects. To help, we’ve collected some of the latest design and product ideas in this issue of Trends. And when you've looked through these, you'll find even more at the website, where we continually update and add to our 161,000 images, nearly 21,000 articles and 1050 videos. Plus we can put you in touch instantly with professionals and companies who can help to make all your final decisions easier. Join us today on where you'll discover a wealth of ideas, information and inspiration!

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Privacy preserved It’s on the ground floor at the front of the house – yet natural light still floods into this master suite without compromising privacy

Previous pages: The owners of this new home asked architect Christopher Mercier for a ground floor master suite that was comfortable without being expansive, preferring instead to allocate more space to the kitchen on the other side of the mirror wall. Above: Light streams into the bathroom through a clerestory window above the tub.

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When it comes to bathroom design, there’s no one approach that suits all. Some people want their bathroom totally separate to the bedroom, while others want the two rooms opened up. Some want a dark and moody room, others want it light and bright. And do you have two basins on one vanity, or two separate vanities? Architect Christopher Mercier says that because of such issues, his bathroom designs are always an individual response to how the homeowners want to live in their new home. For this home, the owners’ principal request was for their master suite to be on the ground

floor of the two-storey house Mercier was designing for them. “They wanted a two-storey home for resale value, and also to have space for their children to come and stay – but, as an older couple, they didn’t want to have to keep going upstairs all the time,” he says. “So the aim was to design a twostorey house that can operate as if it’s one storey.” This was achieved by splitting the house down the middle with a large skylight, giving views throughout the upper floor to the ground floor below, and making the upper floor feel much like a loft space.

Architect: Christopher Mercier, (fer) studio Interior designer: Diep Design Builder: Kibo Group Bath tub: Victoria + Albert IOS freestanding tub Vanity countertop: Calacatta Bettogli Cabinetry: Lacquered, white Sink: Kohler Verticyl, white Faucet and shower fittings: Kallista One – polished nickel Toilet: Toto NeoRest 550 White Floor tiles: Bianco Dolomiti from StoneSource Walls and shower enclosure: Calacatta marble Story by Paul Taylor Photography by John Gaylord

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The other key decision was where to place the master suite in the ground floor plan, so as to still give the owners the privacy needed. “We actually placed it at the front and side of the house, but positioned the stairwell in the entranceway to guide you into the public spaces of the house, away from the master suite area.” The master bedroom sits behind the street facade and so is largely closed off for privacy. However, its 5.5m height allowed for large clerestory windows to be inserted, ensuring the room receives plenty of natural light. A glazed pocket door on the side wall brings in more

natural light, and also gives access to a side yard and a small patio. The bathroom itself is long and narrow. “It’s spacious enough to be comfortable, and is well planned, but the owners preferred to allocate more space to the living areas rather than to the bathroom. “Another clerestory window – above the bath – means it too gets a lot of natural light.” The material selection by interior designer Vinh Diep adds to the bright clean-lined feel – with calacatta marble slabs on the walls, and smaller tiles to give a textured finish to the floor.

Top: The closet is a separate room tucked in behind the bedroom, while the bathroom sits adjacent to it. Above: A clerestory window high on the 5.5m-high front wall of the bedroom brings light into the room, at the same time maintaining privacy from the street. On the side wall, a pocket glass door opens up to a small patio.

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Natural preference Simple yet refined surfaces such as wood battens and slate tiles give this townhouse bathroom an earthy, grounded feel


Often the wider design brief for a home trickles down to influence the look of the more intimate spaces – as with this modern bathroom, one of two in a townhouse development by architect Grant Amon. “We designed the two houses – located on a prominent corner site – with a close integration of materials and forms so they appear as one ambiguous building, downplaying their impact,” says Amon. “This included an emphasis on natural materials, including natural woods, concrete floors, metal cladding, recycled bricks and slate

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tiling. And many of these rugged, honest surfaces continue into the bathrooms, which both include concealed laundries.” The bathrooms’ heated floors are in a dark, large-format Brazilian slate tile as are the walls, giving these surfaces a moody recessive feel. Introducing a warm, natural texture to complement the cool tiles, Amon finished both the vanity unit and the wall concealing the laundry doors in cedar battens. “To add another natural, quiet tone to the palette, we specified a teal green solid

surface benchtop and splashback for the vanity unit,” Amon says. To set-off the look, the architect chose understated contemporary fittings and accessories. These include chrome tapware, white top-mount basins and a toilet with a concealed cistern and black pan lid. save and share online: search 49962 at for other bathroom projects, search: tida bathrooms at

Architect: Grant Amon Architects Builder: Lloyd Build Vanity cabinetry and accent wall: Cedar horizontal timber battens Benchtop and splashback: Pine solid surface by Marblo Vanity basins: Laufen Mimo counter basin from Reece Taps: Technobili Up Basin Mixer from Reece Shower fittings: Nikles Pure 140 2F Rail Shower and Technobili Up Shower Mixer from Reece Accessories: Mizu Drift Straight toilet roll holder from Reece, Ideal Standard Tonic towel rail and Mizu Drift soap dish

Toilet: Laufen Mimo with Soft Close Seat Floor and wall tiles: 300 x 600mm Brazilian Slate Tile from Stonetile Ind Lighting: Waterproof LED strip lighting and recessed LED downlight from Studio Italia In-floor heating: Under Tile Electric Heating System Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Peter Bennetts

Previous pages and above left: Slate tile flooring and matching wall tiles combine with a wood batten vanity and wood batten accent wall to give this bathroom a warm, natural appeal. This is one of two identical bathrooms in an inner-city, two-townhouse corner development created by Grant Amon Architects. Entry to the laundry is via a hidden door integrated into the batten side wall. Above: The concealed laundry runs along one wall of the bathroom, while the shower zone is set along the opposite side of the space.

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Tranquillity base A refined inclusion to a restored heritage home, this bathroom has a sense of luxurious retreat

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This bathroom furthers the peaceful feel of the heritage home it forms part of. The bathing space, by architect Jonathan Smith, is in a new subterranean area of the home and includes a contemporary material to achieve its classic feel. Located on a cramped, steep site on a busy residential street, the once dilapidated 110-yearold villa had been transformed over a two-year period into a refined, highly functional family home. It now offers a sense of tranquillity and respite from the owners’ busy city lifestyle. And within this context, the new master bathroom provides a favourite place to relax.

The traditional-meets-modern bathroom is part of an entire new downstairs floor created by carving out portions of the villa, addressing major retaining work and adding masonry walls. “Everything about this bathroom furthers its pampering aesthetic,” says Smith. “The first room encountered at the base of the stairs, the bathroom has high windows in opaque glass that offer natural warmth, privacy, and light.” Further in, the room becomes subterranean, adding to the sense of privacy, cosiness, and sanctuary, while the heated concrete floors bring added warmth and a solid, grounded feeling.

Playing a key part in the spa-like aesthetic, new-to-the-market Statuario Florim oversized panels provide the dramatic wall finishes to the bathroom’s perimeter walls. “The panels’ generous proportions evoke the feeling that the space is carved out of solid marble,” he says. “The soft-toned porcelain panels work well with the vanity’s waterfall marble benchtop and mosaic tile blade wall.” The marble mosaic blade wall partly conceals the wall-hung toilet behind it on one side and the walk-in shower, complete with an invigorating rainhead, behind it on the other side.

These pages: This spa-like bathroom designed by Matter Architects forms part of a new excavated lower floor in a 110-year-old heritage villa. The design combines modern function with a classic feel. The marble-topped vanity offers plenty of storage, while large wall mirrors add to the sense of spaciousness. Recessed LED strips in the ceiling create a soft, diffused light in the space, as do the high-set frosted glass windows.

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Architect: Jonathan Smith, Matter Architects Vanity: Stained wood, manufactured by Woodstar Benchtop and ledge: Marble Vanity basins: Eclipse under-mount basins from Plumbline Taps: Buddy wall-mixer from Plumbline Shower fittings: Como Round Ceiling Mount Rainhead with Como slide shower from Plumbline Tub: Jolanda from Stone Baths Wall finishes: Perimeter walls – Statuario Florim porcelain panels from Euroceramics; blade wall – Alarti marble mosaic tiles Flooring: Polished concrete Heating: In-floor Lighting: Brightlight LED spotlights Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Simon Devitt

Above: Statuario Florim oversized panels give the bathroom the sense that it is carved out of solid marble. Concrete walls behind the porcelain panelling ensure the bathroom has a quiet ambience – as if the walls were solid stone. Facing page: Contrasting the large-format perimeter wall panels, tiny Alarti Marble mosaics clad the blade wall that neatly divides toilet, shower and freestanding tub.

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Tiny Alarti Marble tiles on the blade wall provide a dramatic contrast to the large-format porcelain panels. The wall also highlights the large freestanding stone bath in front of it. “The sculptural, egg-shaped bath provides a centrepiece to the room,” says the architect. In contrast to the mainly restful, quiet tones, all joinery and cabinetry elements are framed in black, including the mirrors. Smith says this provides a ‘visual direction’ to these elements. “The different heights between the two wall mirrors highlights both the shifting levels in the home and the frosted window.”

Soft, understated lighting, including recessed LEDs within the ceiling space, adds to the bathroom’s feeling of intimacy and calm. “Along with the bathroom’s harmonious material palette, our minimalist treatment of the surfaces and joinery further reduces unnecessary visual stimulation and adds to the room’s overall feeling of serenity,” Smith says. “Generous storage in the vanity completes the picture of practical luxury.” see more images: search 49961 at

Impressive outlook Expansive views and luxury finishes make this vacation home master suite a place to relax and linger in

When your site has a beautiful outlook, you’ll want your home to take full advantage of it. For this site, MU Architecture designed a slender cabin, with full height glazing along one side to open all the rooms to the lake views – including the master bedroom and bathroom. The master suite is positioned at the far end of the run of rooms, as private as possible from other areas of the home. And that privacy isn’t compromised by the large expanse of windows – recessed blinds installed in the ceiling throughout

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the house can be lowered when required. For the owners, the master bathroom needed to be more than a utilitarian space. They wanted it to operate more like a living space and be a room in which they could comfortably spend quality time. To achieve this, the sculptural freestanding bath tub was positioned directly in front of the window, so the view could be fully enjoyed while bathing. Similarly, the large double shower is positioned to make the most of the view. The owners also travel frequently and

wanted their master bathroom to be of the quality of those in the hotels they stay in. The selection of materials contributes to this sense of luxury. Rather than using marble, which may stain and needs ongoing maintenance, MU Architecture specified Neolith Statuario for the master bath walls and floors. These large format porcelain panels replicate the look of Estatuario marble but are easy to maintain. Here, they were also laid out to give the bookmatched effect that can be achieved with natural marble.

Architect: MU Architecture Builder: Denis Legault Construction Wallcovering: Neolith Estatuario Flooring: Neolith Estatuario Cabinet company: Illo Design Vanity cabinet: White oak Vanity top: Corian Sink: Corian integrated sink Faucets: Baril Bath tub: Victoria and Albert Terrassa Shower head: Aquabrass Aquarondo Windows: Alumilex Blinds: Altex

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Previous pages: Full-height glazing allow views to be enjoyed from the bath and from the double shower in this lakeside vacation home. Blinds recessed in the ceiling can be lowered when privacy is required.

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Facing page: Placing the master suite at the far end of the long slender house separated it from the other areas of the home. Above: MU Architects selected Neolith Estatuario for the master suite walls and floors. These large porcelain panels have a realistic marble look, and can even be bookended just like stone slabs.

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TRENDS COMPLETES THE PICTURE Whether you’re planning a brand new build or a reno, a visit to the Trends website and our dedicated bathroom hub is your best starting point. It’s often said that the bathroom is the new personal retreat in the home – and we tend to agree. Yes, it’s where we start and the end the day, but it’s also one of the few spaces where privacy still reigns supreme. Given just how important this room is, where exactly do you start when building a new bathroom or carrying out a renovation? At Trends, we think every successful project begins with great planning, and there’s no better place to start than our Bathroom Design hub. Once you’re there, start by browsing through our inspiring

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bathrooms, viewing the glossy galleries and reading the informed articles, reflecting the expert ideas of hundreds of architects and designers. Next, check out some of the unique videos showcasing the newest fittings and latest bathroom innovations. Then, when you’re ready to get serious, check out our comprehensive bathroom guides, designed to lead you through Above: Visit the easy-to-navigate Trends Bathroom Design Hub to find out how we can complete the picture on your all-important bathroom project.

some of the most important and sometimes difficult design decisions such as how to choose a shower head appropriate to your space and the benefits of floating vanities. After browsing through the Trends Bathroom Design Hub, it’s time to dig into the nitty gritty on our bathroom category pages. Visit Basins & Taps, Tiles & Mosaics or Shower & Baths for the products to make your aspirational ideas a practical reality. When the time arrives for a brand new bathroom or a bathroom renovation, Trends completes the picture. Visit

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Personal space The smallest room in the home can still pack a surprising design punch, as these dramatic powder rooms reflect

Powder rooms present the opportunity for a design splash to excite and wow guests – in fact, that was part of the brief for this powder room by designer Joanne Godding of Bespoke Bathrooms on Kyber. The black marble vanity, with striking white and gold veins, is the highlight of the room, while the high-gloss lacquered drawers offer discreet storage. Black semi-gloss tiles and gold on gold wallpaper line the walls. Photography by Mark Scowen Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Powder Rooms – Highly Commended

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Travertine cladding on the exterior of a large, contemporary coastal home by designer Mick Rule also makes its way into the ground-floor powder room. The natural stone finish is complemented by a wood recessed utility shelf and the simple wood veneer floating vanity unit, which enhances the sense of space. The stone washbasin is, quite literally, a stand-out feature of the space. Photography by Andrew Pritchard Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

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A powder room suited to the classic home and a feeling of luxury were requirements for this space, part of a wider renovation by designer Joanne Godding of Bespoke Bathrooms on Kyber. A new central blade wall in subway tiles brings privacy from the door and offers a simple backdrop to the dramatic, curvaceous black and white vanity and ornate mirror. Patterned wallpaper plays with the room’s height. Photography by Mark Scowen Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Powder Rooms – Winner

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This sculptural powder room in a renovated New York loft features a minimalist Orlo Sinu pedestal basin, Urquiola faucet by Hansgrohe Axor and dramatic Roma Mica Black wallpaper. Undertaken by Alexander Gorlin of Alexander Gorlin Architects, the brief for the loft conversion – and by extension the powder room – was to have fun with the original warehouse space. Photography by Erik Petschek see more of this loft: search 49325 at

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A combination of black and white mosaic tiles creates text on the walls and floor of this powder room in an award-winning home by architect John Bulcock of Design Unit. The text includes a quote from Winston Churchill – “We shape our buildings. Thereafter, they shape us.” – and the names of prominent architects. Retractable blinds provide privacy when needed. Photography by Lin Ho Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) International Home of the Year – Winner

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Black, white and offbeat is the theme for this surprising powder room by designer Julie Cooper of Jalcon Homes. The quirky space features a wallpaper with framed black and white animal prints and a wall mirror that echoes the frames in the wallpaper. The wall-hung vanity has a black vessel basin with a matching black wall-hung toilet on the wall opposite. End walls in black mosaic tile complete the design concept. Photography by Susan Clark Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Powder Rooms – Highly Commended

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Shadow play Lichen draped on the branches of mature oak trees provides cues for the layout, design features and materials in this ridgeline new home

Previous pages: Sitting at the top of a ridge, this new home by architect Neal Schwartz makes the most of the sun and mountain views to the south. The T-shaped layout frames the pool, as well as allowing the separation of the living spaces from the more private bedroom wing. Above: Mature oak trees draped with lichen create a striking approach to the site. From this side, the house is deliberately low slung and muted in its setting – materials such as the cedar cladding and Corten steel used for planters were selected for their natural look and patina they acquire over time.

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There are many features of a site that might be considered when designing a home for it – its orientation to the sun and views, the slope, the position of neighbours and so on. And while this home needed to take account of all those factors, it also had an additional, more unusual influence. Architect Neal Schwartz of Schwartz and Architecture says that from the first time he drove up the very steep road, the most impressive thing about the site was the stand of mature oak trees he found when he reached the top.

“The oaks were filled with lichen draped through all the branches,” he says. “It was a really striking way to arrive – to be on this ridge in this beautiful new setting, surrounded by all these trees.” After researching the lichen, Schwartz embraced some of its characteristics in the house, which he sited along the ridge. “The lichen has a symbiotic relationship with the oaks, and we wanted this to be a model for how the architecture operated in the landscape – a symbiotic relationship rather than one of dominance.”

He also adopted the lichen’s ability to find the most advantageous environmental conditions to grow in, allowing the house geometry to twist and turn to find the best position on the site. The approach to the house has been kept deliberately subtle and unassuming. “When you drive up, you really don’t see the house until you’re right by it,” says Schwartz. “It’s very low slung and almost demure, given its size and the landscape around it. It doesn’t draw attention to itself.” In keeping with this, the residence is

clad in cedar stained a translucent grey with purple undertones, a colour that complements the setting, the oak trees and the lichen. “But when you open the front door, you’re hit with this astonishing view that’s framed by the house. The house helps you understand the site and its qualities by choreographing your movements so that the best qualities of the site unfold.” This ‘unfolding’ results from the home’s T-shaped plan, the two main arms of the T forming the living wing and the bedroom

Above: Architect Neal Schwartz says aspects of the lichen’s symbiotic relationship to the oak trees underpin the architecture of the home. The most overt expression of this is the patterned aluminium trellis that frames the house on the pool side. This photo looks back from under the trellis on the pool side of the house, through the entranceway and front door, to the carport and oak trees at the front of the house.

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Previous pages: The more public wing contains the kitchen, living and dining areas, and has pool and mountain views. The kitchen’s back wall deliberately blocks a view of a neighbouring house, while the clerestory windows still bring natural light into this side of the space. Motorised recessed drapes and blinds shade the room when required. This page: Two large glass doors pocket back into the facade to open up the kitchen completely to the outdoors. In keeping with the rest of the interior, materials here have been kept subtle. The textured tiling on the splashback references the shadows formed by the trellis and lichen itself.

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wing, with the pool sitting between them – an arrangement that separates the public from the private areas of the home. The private bedroom wing extends along the ridge, while the public wing with kitchen, dining and living areas sits at a right angle to this, turning its back on a neighbouring property. Both wings are fully glazed on the pool side of the house, giving uninterrupted views across the landscape to mountains in the distance. One of the more overt design references to the lichen can also be found on this side

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Top and above: Accessed from the entranceway, the long arm of the T-shape plan contains the bedroom wing, with a glazed corridor running past children and guest bedrooms to the master suite at the end. The concrete-floored corridor acts as a buffer zone, collecting heat in winter, while being shaded from the summer sun by the outside trellis. Right: The master suite is in the home’s most private position and, at this point, the wing deflects to take in a far view. Neal Schwartz says the introduction of a curved wall helped resolve the geometries, while the clerestory windows give the sense of being up in the trees.

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of the house – the aluminium trellis that shades the glazed walls from summer sun. “The pattern of the trellis and the shadows that it throws were directly inspired by the lichen. And, like the lichen shadows, the trellis shadows on the house constantly change over the course of a day.” Textures and colours selected for interior materials were also inspired by the lichen. The interior palette is earthy and subdued and there’s an organic texture in some of the wallpapers and the splashback tiling in the kitchen.

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Architect: Neal Schwartz, Schwartz and Architecture Builder: Eames Construction Inc Structural engineer: iAssociates Cladding: Custom milled Western Red Cedar; Hardiplank fascia Doors and windows: Western Window Systems, Kolbe, Pacific Architectural Millwork, Secco Flooring: Concrete, walnut Lighting: Q-Tran, Boca, Reggiani, Texas Fluorescents, MP LIghting, Inter-lux, WAC, Viabizzuno, Cooper Lighting Cambria, SLV Heating: Mitsubishi Fireplace: Ortal Kitchen cabinetry: Classic innovations Countertop: White Macauba Quartzite Splashback: Made Modern by Ann Sacks – a mix of Split Left, Split Right and Flat Rectangle Sink: main – Kallista: prep – Blanco Faucets: Kallista Oven and cooktop: Miele Ventilation: Custom – Abbaka Refrigeration: Miele Dishwasher: Miele Bathroom vanity: Custom VG Douglas Fir Vanity countertop: Lemarais Limestone Basin: Kohler Faucets: Kallista Bath tub: Iceland Freestanding Tub from Boffi Tub filler: Kallista Heated towel rail: Amba Bathroom accessories: Kohler Story by Paul Taylor Photography by Richard Barnes

Left: While the trellis provides shading, it also throws patterns onto its surroundings – just like the lichen draped on the oak trees at the front of the house. These patterns constantly change over the course of a day, turning the cedar cladding and concrete paths into a kinetic sculpture.

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The Trends International Design Awards are an opportunity to recognise outstanding homes in a variety of countries. These two winning homes demonstrate how the restrictions that a site might present don't have to compromise the final outcome for the owners. Tyrells Architects create a light-filled addition to the back of a heritage home, while O'Neil Architecture's contemporary new home sits comfortably in its setting despite the long, narrow site.


This heritage terrace home has been lovingly restored with a striking new light-filled addition at the rear and glass conservatory along the side. Board-formed concrete clads the new conservatory’s walls, while a red Alucobond form echoes another on the rear facade.


A private front facade gives way to sheer openness and light at the back of this new home by O’Neil Architecture, with interiors by Eterno Design. While the design had to respond to issues like a limited frontage, a long, narrow site and steep shading angles in respect to the neighbours, it was never compromised by them.

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WINNER: ARCHITECT RENOVATION Tyrrells Architects, Wamberal, NSW


Previous page and right: This modern addition to a traditional home, created by designer Jason Klumpp, has the master suite on the top floor with red cladding delineating the middle level containing the study and living room. The kitchen and dining areas are at ground level, opening to the garden, while the garage is below, adjoining the lane. Above: Previous additions to the rear of the Victorian home lacked flow and were in a poor state of repair.

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Back to the future A heritage terrace home has been lovingly restored with a striking new light-filled addition at the rear and glass conservatory along the side This traditional home has been transformed with the addition of a three-level addition at the rear. The project, by designer Jason Klumpp, is a master class in bringing a wealth of space and natural light into an otherwis dark, narrow site. “The brief was essentially to transform the worst house in the street into the best house in the street,” says Klumpp. “The original terrace home was a single storey, two-room house built circa 1887, with a second storey comprising two additional rooms added in 1902. Further work was undertaken in the 1920s and 1930s, and then again in the 1970s.

“However, the additions had compromised the look and flow of the home, which had also become severely dilapidated. It fell to us to rationalise the layout and remove below par existing work. Only the early two-storey building was considered to have heritage significance.” But streamlining the existing home was only half the story, the client wanted Klumpp to design a contrasting modern rear addition that would maximise usable floor space on the tight site and bring in natural light and ventilation. “The upgrade had to include a master suite and a guest suite along with comfortable living

Above: The mid-level living room in the newly constructed section of the home includes a study to the rear. An open latticework of shelving provides a place for books and also a degree of separation for the study, while ensuring the entire volume is still appreciated as a whole – enhancing the overall sense of space.

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areas and a home office, along with off-street parking for two cars,” says Klumpp. “We set the clean-lined addition down half a floor from the original home, and introduced a circulation volume that included stairs and a glass lift – to form a breathing space between the new building and the cottage. The central connecting space has a skillion roof and louvred windows, bringing sunlight and fresh air into what’s now the centre of the home.” As part of the new construction and bringing in more light, a triple-height conservatory was added along the side boundary. This long,

narrow room has board-formed concrete walls and a glass end wall that overlooks the back garden. The conservatory has a glass roof at this end but then drops to a double-height white ceiling in the middle, where the master ensuite cantilevers over it. And at its innermost end, the conservatory is open to the stars – essentially forming a small internal courtyard adjacent to the circulation space. The heritage home was comprehensively restored, in fact all but rebuilt, as so much of the century-plus old wood was compromised. The Victorian architectural detailing was repaired

Previous pages: Board-formed concrete clads the conservatory walls while a red Alucobond form echoes another on the rear facade. These pages: The heart of the matter – a central circulation space doubles as a light-well in the middle of the long, narrow classic-meets-modern home. As well as having a glass walled lift and glass elevator shaft, little touches like the riserless stairs add to the airy feel.

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Designer: Jason Klumpp,Tyrells Architects (now at Studio 23 Design) Builder: Felsch Developments Interior designer and kitchen designer: Shellee Gordoun Interiors Kitchen manufacturer: Carve Interiors Landscape design: William Dangar Cladding: Alucobond Roof: Colorbond Spandek on addition and galvanised corrugated steel on heritage building Window/door joinery: Sublime Aluminium and Glass Window/door hardware: Lama by Olivari from Access Hardware, satin finish Main flooring: Wildwood Fire Pit oak Tiles: Bisanna, Artedomus Stone in living areas: Pepperoni Grigio Scuro, honed, by Bisanna Tiles Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Chris Pearce

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Above: Badly in need of TLC, the dilapidated facade of the original 1900s home shows the damaged, under-regulation-height veranda. Above right: With a great deal of the original home compromised by rotten wood, the renovation part of the construction program was more like a new build. The verandah has been partly fixed, partly faithfully replicated, and also heightened.

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or, in the case of the verandah, surviving pieces of balustrade fretwork lacing were copied and replicated afresh but with extra height to meet today’s more stringent compliance codes. Clean, crisp design lines, including a bold red rectilinear Alucobond form on the rear facade and a similar element in the side conservatory, give the new addition a contemporary presence, both contrasting and complementing the more ornate lines of the original building. There are, however, cross-overs between the heritage home and the modern aspects of the design. Wood floors run throughout the home,

while all bathrooms, new or modernised, have classic touches such as a freestanding tub. The conservatory also has metal grilles that reveal peaks of the brickwork of the home next door. In terms of logical room allocation, the guest suite and ensuite is located on the upper floor of the heritage building, with a sitting room and gym on the ground floor. The new building has the master suite and ensuite on the upper floor, a living area and connected study on the mid floor, and kitchen and dining on the ground floor, opening to the garden. A sunken garage with landscaped roof was added to the rear lane.

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Reaching for the sun This contemporary home plays with wall planes and ceiling heights to create a dynamic interior that optimises natural light penetration and spaciousness

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Entering the front door of this modern home, visitors are struck by its spacious, open-plan interiors, flooded with natural light. However, with site constraints to address, designer Darren O’Neil had to make some dynamic architectural moves to create the relaxed, family-friendly feel. O’Neil says while the design had to respond to issues like a limited frontage, a long, narrow site and steep shading angles in respect to the neighbours, it was never compromised by them. “To give the home weight within the wider streetscape, I designed a private, almost abstract frontage that emphasises natural materials and

strong rectilinear forms,” says the designer. The garage’s cedar strip cladding forms one part of the facade while, to the right, boardformed concrete and a batten corner element combine on the front of the home proper. The extended garage soffit shelters the front door. However, if the design is quite private and closed off to the street, it’s quite a different experience when actually stepping into the interior. “A vista extends from the front door right down the length of the long, relatively narrow home,” says O’Neil. “And from the entertainer’s kitchen right to the back of the residence, the

Previous pages and above left: Room at the back – a private front facade gives way to sheer openness and light at the rear of this new home by O’Neil Architecture. The secondstorey master suite looks down on the pool and back yard. Top and above: A central hallway affords a line of sight from the front door to the rear of the home. The textured concrete dividing wall has a pivot wood door to the left, leading to a powder room and storage.

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Previous pages: The large kitchen, complete with walk-in scullery, is the dramatic hub of the home – offering flowing connections to the outdoor entertaining and dining areas. These pages: Interiors specialist Eterno Design softened the look of the home’s dramatic architectural lines with luxuriant throws and double drapes. Many elements in the home are bespoke, such as the wall panelling in the winter room and the slender, elegant dining table.

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home has strong links to the outdoors, including from the kitchen to the alfresco dining area and yard, which is also accessed from the lounge.” O’Neil used several strategies to facilitate the upper-level set backs needed to maintain the required shadow lines to the neighbours and also to maximise natural light penetration. These included strategically raising some ceilings, the use of high clerestory windows and even a glass ceiling on an upstairs hallway. “The stepped ceiling heights create intimacy in some areas while optimising the main living area’s sense of volume and light,” says O’Neil.

Designer: Darren O’Neil, O’Neil Architecture Interior architecture and design: Emma Morris, Eterno Design Builder: JE Dean Pool: Shotcrete Spa & Pools, Niveau Pools Cladding: Weatherboards; concrete tilt slab panel by Rothcote Roof: Steel & Tube Plumbdek roofing, Ardex Butynol membrane Window/door joinery: Rylock Thermal Main flooring: Solid American oak timber with whitewash stain Tiles: Azjule Mutina tiles in scullery and powder room; mix of Marble Porcelain, Grey Armani and Azjule Mutina black porcelain mosaics in bathrooms Kitchen manufacturer: Bates Joinery Kitchen cabinetry: Base units and scullery – 2 pot matt lacquer; wall units, island panel and table – American oak, horizontal grain, grey oak stain Cabinetry hardware: Blum Kitchen benchtops: Island – Carrara marble; perimeter – Snow, from Trethewey Artisan Stone Ovens: Gaggenau, Gaggenau steam Cooktop, warming draw: Gaggenau Rangehood: Award power pack Fridge, cooling drawer: Fisher & Paykel Vanity benchtop: Solid American Oak Vanity: American Oak, quarter cut Basins: Top mounted from Plumbline Taps: Antonio Citterio single lever Bathroom wall tiles: Marble porcelain Paint: Resene Heating: Living Flame Eastside plasma gas fireplace Lighting: Bocci Lights in stairwell; Henge light over dining table; Artec lights in kitchen-dining area Furniture: Bespoke couch in Blue Velvet in media room; Henge Matisse Couch; Ro chair and footstool; dining table and dining chairs by David Shaw Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Stephen Goodenough and Jamie Armstrong

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Designer Emma Morris of Eterno Design was involved from the early stages and undertook the interior architecture and interior design. “Our brief was to create a warm, welcoming interior that captures a sense of Scandinavian style – seen for example in the predominantly white walls and oak floors,” Morris says. “The palette was chosen to enhance the home’s strong architectural forms and also the interplay of light coming through the varying ceilings.” There are a number of character finishes, such as the textured concrete wall seen upon entry and the bespoke, dark-stained oak panelling to

evoke cosiness in the winter or media room. And shutters were specified on tall narrow windows to bring a more architectural feel into the spaces. “In fact, we added texture and interest in several ways,” she says. “Another was with the custom Italian porcelain tile splashback in the scullery. This was also brought through into the powder room and master suite, for continuity. “Maximising discreet storage was another requirement and this was addressed in everything from a walk-in drying room for the laundry to the dedicated floor-to-ceiling coat and shoe cupboards behind the hallway wall.”

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Character strengths Dark tones, strong materials and a light industrial accent give this farmhouse kitchen an individual presence

Industrial surfaces and a raw, honest feel might call to mind a trendy New York-loft style kitchen. However, the same rugged materials and simple approach can be equally well suited to, say, a rural kitchen. This black kitchen by designer Kyla Hunt of Carlielle Kitchens shows how. The kitchen forms part of an architecturally designed home with expansive rural views, the black, pavilionstyle home sitting in contrast with the green, rolling landscape. “In keeping with this, the owners wanted the open-plan living space – kitchen included –

to have a bold look, which would complement the exterior of the home and create a moody, dramatic interior,” says Hunt. “This translated into an industrial loft-style, with a focus on raw, natural materials.” And raw materials there are in abundance. Taking a tonal cue from the owners’ caramelcoloured leather chairs, the designer introduced a rough-sawn macrocarpa wall to wrap around one end of the long kitchen island. This creates a striking contrast to the black cabinetry in a darkstained Black Onyx veneer. This upstand also adds warmth and texture,

Previous pages: Room with quite a view – this kitchen by Carlielle Kitchens has a light industrial aesthetic that contrasts the green rural outlooks. Facing page: A suspended steel girder connects with other steel elements in the home and also helps frame the kitchen visually within the soaring volume. Above: An untreated macrocarpa upstand is a feature of the kitchen.

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Designer: Kyla Hunt, Carlielle Kitchens Builder: Van Der Putten Construction Cabinetry: Neptune Cabinet System – Prime Recon Veneer – Onyx planked, finished in Clear satin polyurethane; timber wall – macrocarpa, rough sawn; scullery – Melteca Black Pearl shelving Cabinetry hardware and internal organisation: Blum soft-close hinges, Blum Tandembox Antaro drawers, and Blum bins Benchtops: Stainless steel; Antique Brown Granite – honed; Stainless Steel Formica Laminate – Velour finish Splashback: Window glass Sink: Burns & Ferrall Taps: Nova Black Gooseneck mixer Ovens, hob, ventilation, dishwasher: Miele Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Above: Now you see me – a quick slide of a pocket door hides the kitchen’s small but hard-working scullery from the living spaces. Above right: A black understated island benchtop, black-stained veneer cabinetry and a stainless steel perimeter bench are just some semiindustrial finishes in the kitchen that connect with the wider interior.

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and provides screening – eliminating the view of clutter around the sink area from the living spaces. The list of industrial materials continues with stainless steel used on the rear benchtop for a hard-wearing surface that flows onto the window sill for a seamless look. The window glass forms the splashback. In the scullery, the benchtop is finished in stainless steel-look Formica. This was a more affordable option here than actual stainless steel, plus the scullery benchtop is not subject to such heavy use.

With a large family to cater to, including four adult children, the kitchen also needed room for several people to work in the space at once. “To this end, the sink is towards one end of the 4m island, maximising the remaining bench space and providing for breakfast seating,” says Hunt. “And the modest, understated scullery creates a space to hide away small appliances and maximise kitchen storage.” Having the galley-style kitchen blend with the wider interior’s black-painted walls, timber ceiling and character concrete floors accentuates the contrast and texture of the material palette.

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kitchens, viewing the glossy image galleries and reading the informed articles, reflecting the smart ideas of hundreds of kitchen and interior designers. Next, check out some of Trends’ unique videos that showcase the very latest and best in home innovations and building materials. Then, when you’re ready to get really serious, check out our comprehensive Above: Visit the easy-to-navigate Trends Kitchen Design Hub to find out how we can complete the picture on your all-important kitchen project.

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In keeping Complementing rather than competing with its wider environment, this under-stated kitchen also packs a wealth of functionality

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The kitchen is often the hub of family life, but that doesn’t mean it has to dominate an interior. This understated kitchen forms part of a living and entertaining wing added by designer Steve Gliosca to the rear of a Federation terrace home. “The kitchen had to offer full functionality but we didn’t want it to dominate the open-plan wing,” says Gliosca. “Instead we introduced an understated colour palette for the kitchen, paired with the use of natural materials to provide a backdrop of pattern and texture.” The island cabinetry and cabinet tower are in a wood laminate while the island countertop

and the rear wall splashback that helps define the space are in a large-format porcelain panel with the distinct look of veined marble. “We could have continued the black wall cabinet across to the tower, but leaving these as separate elements avoids a dominating mass.” In addition, the island and tower cabinetry have recessed pulls, further down-playing the kitchen’s presence. However, while the kitchen achieves a chic yet modest presence within the greater space, it also offers a wealth of storage and functionality. “The owners didn’t need a dedicated dining

space, so we made the island long enough and wide enough to easily accommodate six people seated comfortably on one end,” says Gliosca. In fact, the island serves many purposes. It includes a sink, built-in microwave and, with drawers on both sides, generous storage space. The cabinet tower has an integrated fridge on one side and pull-out pantry on the other. To bring a heritage element to the modern kitchen, the owners chose the Skygarden replica pendants over the island. The insides of these pendants feature a design that echoes crown roses found in other Federation homes.

Facing page, top: Large stacker doors connect a wood-lined outdoor dining space to this kitchen, part of an addition to a Federation home by Urbane Projects. Facing page, lower: Breathing space between cabinetry elements helps avoid this kitchen dominating the entertaining and living wing. Above: Negative detailing on the legs of the island extends the same detailing seen on the island’s cabinetry.

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Designer and builder: Steve Gliosca, Urbane Projects Cabinetry: Natural veneer – Grey Ironbark; Fenix Laminate – Nero Ingo Cabinetry hardware: Kethy Benchtops and splashback: Marmi Maximum from Artedomus Kitchen sink: Neptune Plus from Reece Taps: Teknobili from Reece Oven, cooktop, refrigeration, dishwasher: Miele Water dispenser: Billi from Winning Appliances Flooring: Grigio Ramses from Bernini Stone Lighting: Replica Skygarden pendant from Amonson Lighting Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Fabrizio Lipari

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Previous pages: The kitchen’s wood veneer cabinetry connects with the wood soffit above the outdoor dining space as well as other cabinetry in the living area. Right: Large sheets of marble-look porcelain on the rear wall splashback and benchtops add a glamorous yet natural touch to the design. Recessed pulls were another way to downplay the presence of the kitchen within the wider interior.

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Room to move This spacious kitchen facilitates an easy flow for family, including a wheelchair user, without having a utilitarian feel A key part of the owners’ brief to architect Mona Quinn for the redesign of this kitchen was to create a relaxed feel while incorporating easy wheelchair access to most areas for one child. Achieving a decent-sized study area within the kitchen was also part of the design programme. “We decided early on in the piece to avoid having a separate dining area and this freed up much more room for the kitchen. It also meant we could have a large adjacent, walk-in scullery that helps keep the main kitchen mess free.” Broad door openings between the kitchen and scullery and the kitchen and adjacent hall

mean all areas are unobtrusively wheelchair friendly. The pocket doors to the scullery don’t take up space while the kitchen has an open connection to the hallway. The sculptural, stepped cantilevered island is the centrepiece of the kitchen and again plenty of under-bench room was included for easy wheelchair access. Substantial steel engineering underpins the long cantilever. “The island’s crisp upper benchtop is in Caesarstone Snow while, mindful of budget, we chose to finish the long, lower countertop in concrete-look Formica,” Quinn says. “The perimeter

Above: This generous-sized family kitchen by architect Mona Quinn of Callidus Architects provides plenty of access room for one of the owners’ children who uses a wheelchair. However, clean, crisp lines, restrained finishes and colours, and the flowing nature of the cabinet design means the wide space between areas goes completely unnoticed. Brushed chrome pendants add a touch of industrial chic to the design.

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Architect: Mona Quinn, Callidus Architects Cabinetry: HMR board – Arctic White and Pearl lacquer Cabinetry hardware: Kethy from Sopers Benchtops: Island – Caesarstone Snow; perimeter – Formica Elemental Concrete Flooring: Karndean flooring in Light Warm Oak Lighting: Perno.30 metal shade pendants in Brushed Chrome; Rock 92 12w LED square downlights in Silver Kitchen sink: Englefield Cabriole Elite k Taps: Englefield Studio mixer Oven: Fisher & Paykel, Pyrolytic Cooktop: Fisher & Paykel, Induction Ventilation: Bosch canopy rangehood Refrigeration: Elba Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel, Double DishDrawer Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Aramani Brouwer

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benchtops and large scullery bench are also in this finish.” As well as physically offering plenty of room for all, the kitchen adds to it sense of space in other ways, too. The design is clean-lined and minimalist, led by the elongated form of the island. The induction cooktop sits flush in the Caesarstone countertop and the cabinet handles are also understated. “One reason this space works so well is that everything flows on from one thing to the next,” says the architect. “The island countertop steps down to its broader worksurface while the

perimeter cabinets also step down to form the window seat.” The kitchen’s subtle two-tone colour palette of white and grey adds to the peaceful feel that the owners wanted for the space. The colours are complemented by the wood-look vinyl floor which adds another natural accent to the design. In terms, of function, the scullery holds a raft of small appliances along with a substantial refrigerator. The dishwasher is tucked into the perimeter cabinetry while on the other side of the kitchen there is a dedicated workspace for several computers.

Facing page: The kitchen has strong connections to the outdoors with a built-in window seat and window sliders that open directly to the home’s outdoor entertaining area. Ranch sliders further down the room also access the deck. Top: One wall of the kitchen is taken up with computers – homework can be quickly be followed by mealtime. Above: The large scullery is ideal for keeping prepping clutter out of sight.

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Centre of attention A substantial yet minimalist island with timber inlay and attached table is the focus of this kitchen which is on show from all areas These pages: With its large island a feature, this kitchen offers a social gathering point and a light-filled workspace close to most areas of the home extension it forms part of. A generous but discreet butler’s pantry is tucked behind the cabinetry at the inner-end of the design to help keep the on-show spaces clutter free. The kitchen is in an extension to an old home, with the existing interiors ending at the wall beside the stairs.

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To stand out or quietly blend in, that’s often the design conundrum when a new kitchen sits in a through space. For this modern kitchen – part of a light-filled addition to a classic cottage by designer Nathalie Scipioni – it was a little of both. “The kitchen is positioned at the point where the original interior ends and the contemporary extension begins,” says Scipioni. “The owners wanted the island to be a focus of the new space – both visually and in terms of offering a social hub for the open-plan environment. Hence its generous size with space for stools beneath and the attached wood table with further seating.”

Achieving a modern aesthetic, the island has a negative detail in matching wood to the table under its slender benchtop. The same inlay lines the recessed pulls on the inner side of the island. “As a social gathering point, the owners didn’t want a prep sink or other utilities to clutter the look of the island. However, long drawers on the innermost side and cupboards on the public side both offer storage,” she says. “While we wanted the kitchen to be a focus, we didn’t want the mechanics of it to draw the eye. For this reason much of the business side of things is relegated to a discreet butler’s pantry,

Architect: Nathalie Scipioni, NSStudio Cabinetry: Semi-gloss polyurethane in Nieve White Flooring: Grange European oak engineered timber flooring Wallcoverings: Resene paint, quarter Concrete, low sheen Lighting: Bombay Large Pendant Light in hammered metal from Oz Lighting Splashback: Caesarstone in Calacatta Nuvo and window glass Kitchen sink: Aurora double bowl universal sink by Franke Taps: Lucia Side Lever Sink Mixer from Abey Australia Oven: AEG Pro Combi Steam and AEG Pyroluxe Cooktop: Barazza Lab, flush mount, from Abey Ventilation: AEG Telescopic Rangehood Refrigeration: Haier, French Door Dishwasher: Siemens, semi-integrated Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Kat Lucas

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Previous pages: A line of designer pendants in beaten metal runs above the island and table, drawing the two together visually. Similarly, the island’s recessed wood trim connects with the wood of the table. Above: A window-cum-splashback behind the clean-up area plus a large angled skylight bring views of a mature Jacaranda tree into the kitchen aesthetic.

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entered from the left of the wall cabinetry. The tall bank of perimeter cabinets and the under-counter cabinets are finished in the same white as the walls. But here, the negative detail and finger pulls are downplayed in white instead of wood. While the stainless steel fridge, advanced combi steam oven and pyrolitic oven are on show, the dishwasher is integrated at the outer end of the perimeter cabinetry. This is ideally positioned close to the clean-up sink, the casual table and the formal dining area just beyond. “The kitchen is long and narrow, restricted

by the shape of the through space it inhabits,” says Scipioni. “However, it’s ideally positioned to look out to the rear garden and swimming pool. Sightlines to the pool were a must so the chef could keep a parental eye on proceedings while cooking lunch or dinner.” Scipioni also brought the beauty of a mature jacaranda tree into the design. “By utilising a window as a splashback and adding a skylight overhead we were able to maximise natural light in the clean-up area and also make a feature of the cascading jacaranda tree outside,” she says.

Tiny addition – big impact A small black box extension totally transforms the back of a 1930s brick townhouse, adding space, natural light and indoor-outdoor flow

Previous pages: Grafting a black box made of high quality fibrecement onto the back of this 1930s brick townhouse has addressed many of the problems with the old home, while preserving the authenticity of the existing architecture. On the ground floor, the addition gives much needed space and light to the kitchen and, at the same time, improves connections to the garden. Above: A skylight in the addition floods the kitchen with natural light. The oak veneer ceiling of the addition complements the home’s existing oak floors, which have been refurbished.

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While older homes may have attractive character features, they often still bear the layout of a time when lifestyles came with different priorities. And in many of these houses, it’s the kitchen that stands out as being most out of step. Although this 1930s red clay brick townhouse had had some renovations to it in the 1990s, the basic problems still existed says architect Natalie Dionne. “In the kitchen, you couldn’t see outside – there was a small window onto a side alley and neighbouring property, but

no outlook to the garden,” says Dionne. Add to that a wall dividing the kitchen from the adjacent dining room, and the back of the house felt dark and closed up. Removing the wall required some structural work, and began the process of opening the interiors up. But to increase the available space and connect both the kitchen and dining room to the outdoors, Dionne took a less conventional approach with the small addition that extends the ground floor and the first floor bedroom. Clad in high-quality fibrecement board,

Dionne refers to the addition as a Black Box, grafted onto the original brick structure. Punching a hole through the brick wall upstairs and downstairs has completely opened up the back of the house. For the kitchen and dining room, this connection is enhanced by the back of the house at ground level now being a wall of glass and bifolding doors. “The Black Box adds more space to the kitchen which now opens to a courtyard for outdoor eating, while the dining area has a covered outdoor space in front of it,

so it can be opened up even if it’s raining.” The home’s original oak floors were refurbished and provided the starting point for materials selected for the new interiors. The long island top is solid oak, while rift and quartered white oak veneer was used for cabinetry and as the interior lining of the Black Box. “By reconfiguring the outdated internal divisions and grafting on the two contrasting black volumes, the existing architecture is enhanced and better reflects the modern lifestyle of its owners.”

Above: Some structural work was required to remove a wall that had originally divided the kitchen from the dining room. Two bifold glass doors now give the space the connection to the outdoors that it previously lacked, including a covered space in front of the dining area that is formed by the black box extension to the bedroom above. The indoor-outdoor flow is enhanced by the concrete-like porcelain floor tiles in the kitchen, complementing the courtyard’s slate paving.

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Architect: Natalie Dionne Architecture Kitchen designer: Natalie Dionne Architecture Builder: PA Construction Windows: Nanawall, Alumico Flooring: Existing oak floorboards; Stone Project Colombino Natural from Soligo Ambiente Wallcovering: Oak veneer Paint: Benjamin Moore, Sico Cabinetmaker: Pixel & Scie Cabinets: Solid oak, oak veneer, white and black lacquer, stainless steel Benchtop: Caesarstone Sink: Julien, stainless steel Faucet: Eve by KWC Oven, cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, ventilation: Miele Refrigerator: Liebherr Lighting: Sistemalux Kitchen stools: Hay Revolver stools Dining furniture: Ikea table; Hay chairs; Norman Copenhagen black pendant lamp Story by Paul Taylor Photography by RaphaĂŤl Thibodeau

Left and above: Architect Natalie Dionne says the layout of the kitchen was determined by an existing window to a side alley and the narrow shape of the space available. Although this allowed for a long island, there was not enough width for cupboards on both sides of the island to run for the full length. Instead, the island steps in at the black box end to form a casual seating area. The oak bench seat can slide under the countertop when not in use, to give a greater sense of space.

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Balanced outlook Strong on looks and functionality, this family kitchen is perfectly in keeping with the villa renovation it forms part of An effective kitchen design will reflect balance in form, tone and texture – as well as fitting into the bigger design picture. This large family kitchen with walk-in scullery by designer Morgan Cronin has been designed in conjunction with a substantial renovation of a double storey villa. “In terms of looks, the owners wanted a contemporary aesthetic that combined timber, satin lacquer, marble and Corian,” says Cronin. “The kitchen also had to both stand out as a feature and at the same time work well with its wider surroundings.”

As the kitchen is a social hub for the family, the owners also requested seating at the island for four or preferably five. The combination of the dark-stained, textured wire-brushed planked oak with honed white marble results in a classicmeets-contemporary look. These high-end finishes, contrasting texture and tone, ideally suit the renovation of the older home. “To assimilate the new kitchen into its surroundings, we proportioned the wall cabinetry to be neatly framed by the nib walls and bulkheads,” says the designer.

Facing page: The stepped island cabinetry and countertop together accommodate and delineate seating for the whole family in this kitchen by Cronin Kitchens in a renovated villa. Above: Balance is key to the serenity of the kitchen. Dark contrasts with white, and the smooth honed marble of the countertops is also in textural contrast with the planked American Oak wire-brushed veneer on island and side cabinets. Another balancing act was creating the feature rangehood at a size that worked with the window proportions without losing its own impact.

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Above: Detailing was important to assimilating the new kitchen into a renovation of the traditional home. Negative detail pulls and cut-out pulls work well with the clean lines of the kitchen, while traditional skirtings tie back to the villa’s origins. Despite its strong, simple forms, the kitchen is packed with functionality – for example, there is storage on both sides of the island together with a large integrated dishwasher and integrated bin unit on the business side of the furniture-like piece. Facing page: The walk-in scullery continues the look of the main kitchen, but with the scullery countertops in white Corian instead of marble.

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“To further integrate the spaces, the traditional scotia continues from the living and dining room into the kitchen.” Similarly, the feature black 2.4m-wide custom extractor is designed to suit the proportions of the large kitchen window. “However, it was a fine balancing act here as the rangehood needed to make a strong statement to ensure it wouldn’t be lost in the mass of windows,” says Cronin. “At the same time it had to be fine enough to not impede morning sun flowing into the kitchen or inhibit the view out to the

kids playing in the backyard and pool.” And the kitchen is as hard-working as it is attractive and in keeping. The large fridges and dishwasher are integrated into the cabinetry, with two more dishwashers located in the scullery. The generous space available allows for the simple luxury of the chef being able to stroll out of sight into the well-equipped workspace around the corner. Cabinetry interiors feature advanced hardware and compartmentalised storage while some have interior lighting.

Designer Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens Cabinetry: Kitchen – Planked American Oak Wire Brushed Veneer from Prime Panels, Black Wash stain by Wallace Furniture; scullery – MREO MDF by Prime Panels with a two-pot satin polyurethane finish to match Resene Sea Fog by Wallace Furniture Finishers Cabinetry hardware: Blum Legrabox drawer runners and hinges; bins/vegetable basket drawer by Hafele Benchtops: Kitchen – Honed Alarti Extra Marble from Marmotech; scullery – Corian Glacier White by Designer Benchtops Splashback: Subway tiles Taps: Kitchen – Black Dornbracht Elio from Metrix; scullery – Black Water Mark from The Kitchen Hub

Sinks: Kitchen and scullery – Black Lyttleton from Ikon Ovens: Miele Oven, Combi Oven from Kouzina Appliances Cooktop: Miele Induction Hob from Kouzina Appliances Rangehood: Miele 700mm Extractor Fridges: Miele Integrated Fridge/Freezers Dishwashers: Kitchen – Miele Integrated XL; Scullery – F & P Dishdrawers Waste: Kitchen and scullery – Evo 100 Waste Masters from Kouzina Appliances. Floors: French Oak by CTC Timber Floors Lighting: Kitchen – extractor hood and crockery cupboard fitted with Brightlight Warm White LED Light Strips; scullery shelving – Hafele LED spot lights

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