HIA Awards 2015: Kitchen finalists offer innovation and style in equal measure

PMH Building Company’s entry in the Large Kitchen category

KITCHENS generally top the wishlist for renovators and this year’s finalists in the HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards offer plenty of ideas and inspiration no matter how large or small your space. It’s open plan all the way with the island bench the star of the show.

While some still prefer the sink in this space, more people are opting to move it to the side bench or back wall, leaving the island bench free to use as a serving area, homework zone or bar. Built-in cooktops are offering the flexibility to position the oven elsewhere with more people choosing to install a wall oven, microwave or steam oven for convenience.

Open plan also demands a higher attention to detail, with streamlined cupboards and drawers and integrated appliances wherever possible. The latest must have, the butler’s pantry, continues to grow where space allows, operating as a second kitchen and walk-in pantry all in one.

Storage is still a top priority with plenty of underbench options and overhead cupboards that run up to the ceiling or bulkhead. Style trends vary with a mix of open and closed shelving and the quiet return of traditional mouldings on cupboards and doors.

White is still the favoured colour for those keen on the French farmhouse or Hamptons look, while lovers of industrial style are embracing steel blues and charcoals, which work well with rustic materials. Often, it’s the details that set the tone, from the choice of patterned or subway tiles for the splashback, traditional or contemporary handles and even colourful timber barstools.

It’s all about making preparing, cooking and serving food as enjoyable as possible, in good-looking spaces that are working harder than ever.

Clean lines and well-executed details are hallmarks of the PMH kitchen.

Builder: PMH Building Company, pmhbuildingco.com.au

A large kitchen with an island bench as a focal point was the brief for this space. A spacious pantry was also required to cater for a large family, easily accessible from the kitchen, with a separate sink and plenty of bench space for appliances to be left out and ready to use.

A eucalypt veneer is an accent among polyurethane cabinetry with a feature drawer and floating shelf on the splashback. The splashback itself was constructed using glass with a white backing to complement the crisp detailing of the rest of the space while the island bench has a recessed area for seating and also houses a heating radiator.

“The Caesarstone bench seems to float over the island cabinets and was also used in the pantry,” Handebo says. “The work area bench is made from stainless steel and has integrated sinks.”

Best Kitchens’ entry in the Medium Kitchen category

Builder: Best Kitchens, bestkitchens.com.au

A classic country-style kitchen was the brief for this project by the team from Best Kitchens in the Illawarra region.

The result is a definite nod to tradition through the use of detailing such as fluted panelling, profiled kickboards and decorative handles and knobs, but with a decidedly modern twist thanks to integrated appliances such as oven, dishwasher, cooktop and rangehood.

Another feature of this kitchen is the window which opens to the home’s outdoor living space allowing the host to feel connected to guests gathered in the backyard when entertaining.

A mix of closed and open shelving, wide drawers and glass-fronted cabinetry gives the homeowners lots of options when it comes to storage.

Home HIA Awards 2015 Kitchen by Art of Kitchens Entrant in Small Kitchen category

Builder: Art Of Kitchens, artofkitchens.com.au

Compact apartments need clever design solutions when it comes to maximising space. For this project in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Bay David Bartlett from Art Of Kitchens had to think outside the box to make the most of the space without compromising on functionality.

“Storage was a critical point in this design due to limited overhead space,” Bartlett says.

“This was resolved by running the overhead cupboards to the height of the ceiling along one side of the kitchen, merging with our custom-made bookcase/storage unit that lends a hand to the kitchen overflow.”

The industrial look was an easy decision thanks to the heritage of the 95sq m apartment.

“The client wanted the design and feel of the apartment to recreate the original turn of the century warehouse state,” Bartlett says.

This was achieved through the use of dark timber panelling and details such as the 19th-century meat hooks which provide additional storage space and complement the handmade tiled splashback.

Karl Noonan Design’s entry in the Kitchen Design category

Builder: Karl Noonan Designs, 0418 463 123

Colour and lots of personality are the defining features of this playful kitchen design by Karl Noonan Design in a Balgowlah Heights home.

Colour and lots of personality are the defining features of this playful kitchen design by Karl Noonan Design in a Balgowlah Heights home.

“A bespoke rangehood incorporates a spice cabinet at the stove and the floors have a contrasting check pattern matched with an equally unexpected striped ceiling.”

Backlit niches and benchtops draw attention to the feature tiles while the ceiling plays host to one of the kitchen’s most unique features.

“Once again, the ceiling is enhanced with a contemporary light scheme that could be described as a modern chandelier but it is so much more practical — each pendant bulb is a task light. It is so much more than just a room light.”

The checked floorboards are a playful interpretation of black and white tiles and ease the transition between the open-plan living area and the kitchen.

But this is not a case of style over substance; the space features lots of storage including soft-close drawers that are within easy reach of the workspace. A full-height casement window connecting the kitchen and garden ensures a relationship with the outdoors.

(source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au)

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