Award-winning classic kitchen designed for 'serious cooking'
You need to look twice at this new kitchen, because it is essentially two in one.
There's the front kitchen that's open to the family living space, and then there's the whole other kitchen behind for baking and preserving.
But it's not just the size of this kitchen that impresses – it's also the traditional styling. The kitchen, designed by Vicki Andrews of Christchurch, has just won the Classic Kitchen award in the annual NKBA Awards.
Andrews says the kitchen had to be the "dominating factor" in the open-plan living space of a new house in Balmoral Hill, Christchurch. And it needed to be a traditional style, with a modern slant.
"It had to be both practical and visually stunning, especially at night," the designer says.
The owners also wanted a large scullery linked to the main kitchen, which would provide plenty of bench space for preparation work, along with good storage and display areas. Andrews says they wanted to be able to do baking and preserving in this area.
Other essentials included a separate coffee and drinks area, and shelving for cookbooks.
To provide the right look, the designer specified warm white lacquered cabinets with deep recessed panel doors, Titanium granite benchtops in the main kitchen and Corian benchtops in Witchhazel in the scullery.
"The bold, clean lines of the simplified traditional style complement the strong structural elements of the modern home," Andrews says.
The division in the kitchen was created by a partial wall. On the main side of the kitchen the wall features a freestanding oven and large canopy extractor. The wall oven, microwave, cookbooks and tall storage units are all on the scullery side of the wall.
In addition, the scullery has two sinks, a dishwasher and plenty of bench space. Other features of the scullery include multiple drawers, shallow storage for preserves, and display areas with glass-fronted cupboards and open shelving. The Icemaker refrigerator is conveniently positioned between the two spaces.
The drinks area is beside the main fridge. This provides a wine fridge, coffee machine, drawers, storage for cups and glasses, a sink, and hot, cold and soda water on tap.
LED continuous strip lighting in warm white enlivens the entire kitchen by night.
Designer: Vicki Andrews, Vicki Andrews Design, Christchurch
Joinery: Modern Age Kitchens and Joinery