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2023 Best Kitchen




Working in the restaurant industry, this young couple understand the requirements of a high-performing kitchen. They requested a strategic layout matched with strong design.

Family life was busy, so a functional kitchen was important, especially with the addition of a new-born baby. Along with casual dining, the couple wanted to face outwards when cooking to enjoy their tropical pool setting.

Key Features

Carefully chosen materials for sustainability and cohesion across the space.

– Large, seamless benchtops and splashbacks matching between the scullery and kitchen.

– Custom sink on island merges seamlessley with benchtop and creates a smart feature, secondary large sink in scullery adds to practicality of overall kitchen.

– Large food prep and entertainment spaces uninterrupted by sinks or cooktops.

– Open shelving for quick access to heavily used items.

– Bespoke cabinetry and slats highlight workmanship and complexity, a high level of precision was required.

The kitchen renovation had to flow seamlessly between the entrance and into the living spaces. Originally, the architect had indulged a Balinese theme – it was time for a complete departure, to pare it back and enjoy contemporary colours and style.

As a couple, they are exposed to some of the finest restaurants and understand their inner workings – this led my design ideas and decisions around functionality.

Regular communication with the pair helped define the best layout to suit their lifestyle. They appreciated a clutter-free workspace which called for integrated appliances and a large scullery where items could be within easy reach, yet out of sight from the main kitchen.

Colour wise, the cabinetry compliments the hardwood flooring and works beautifully with the tropical landscaping. The position of the cabinetry on the back wall creates a vibrant design feature.

Being a renovation, it was necessary to work with the existing split level layout – the kitchen is positioned below the entry which created an opportunity to reveal the design story upon arrival e.g. the vertical panelling wraps from the hallway and into the kitchen.


To incorporate the spacious scullery a wall was removed – this has notched up the functionality factor tenfold.

Ambience lighting helps define the space from the living areas and highlights the beautiful workmanship in the cabinetry.

Putting everything to the test, the pair confirm they are delighted with their new kitchen and look forward to growing with the space.