SOUTH COOGEE - HouseContemporary Kitchen, Sydney
This industrial inspired kitchen combines a timber island with recycled timber benchtop frame which has been set against a white sleek background. The island is in the middle of an open plan room yet it becomes part of the furniture with the use of timber. The white background with integrated fridge also disappears ensuring this space feels more like the rest of the house than the kitchen. The island houses concealed drawers and cupboards on one side and 2 ovens, a dishwasher, sink, microwave and storage on the other.
Photography by Sue Murray - imagineit.net.au
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TIMBER-LOOK LAMINATEA great attribute of timber-look laminate is that you can choose a tone and texture to your liking and achieve an extremely consistent aesthetic. Laminates not only provide cost benefits, they also provide a variety of timber looks.PROS: Timber laminate comes in a vast array of wood-like finishes and textures, and costs less than solid timber and timber veneers. It also has a high resistance to impact and moisture. CONS: If chipped, scratched or damaged, timber laminate cannot be repaired. WHERE TO USE IT: Benchtops, vertical surfaces and wet areas such as bathrooms. WHAT TO COMBINE IT WITH: Solid timber. This kitchen by Capital Building is a contemporary design with clean lines and a minimalist look achieved with the help of laminate. The horizontal grain flows evenly across the surface, which would be difficult to achieve with a real veneer or solid timber. This kitchen also combines the use of recycled telegraph poles re-milled to create a solid benchtop – an aesthetic you wouldn’t be able to achieve with laminate or veneer.
LaminateLaminate is attracting more attention than ever, and not just from those on a tight budget. Just like it does for your kitchen cabinets and benchtops, laminate for flooring comes in a range of finishes and is dramatically less expensive than timber floorboards. Water resistant and durable, laminate flooring can cop a beating from high heels, pets, boisterous children and heavy furniture without showing a mark or dent. PROS: Laminate is inexpensive and durable, and is available in a range of colours and finishes to match your decor. You can even match it to your kitchen cabinets for a seamless look.CONS: It won’t add value to your home like floorboards can. This material doesn’t draw heat, so can be chilly underfoot. It isn’t as long-lasting as stone or timber.Mammut laminate floor in ‘Capital Oak’: Kronotex
Living in a home with only a single-wall kitchen may seem like a daunting idea, but as these examples show, with just a few simple alterations and additions, you can transform a tight space into a supremely successful cooking, dining and entertaining area. TELL USWhat are your tips for making the most of a smaller kitchen? We’d love to hear your ideas and advice, so let us know in the comments section below.
Light up architectural elements Due to their clean, bright light, LEDs are perfect for casting light onto your architectural features such as with this sleek range hood and stovetop. Also, try not to limit yourself to just one lighting element. Have a range of features, such as the task lighting, LED EyeLights and hanging pendants pictured in this South Coogee, Sydney home.