At last - the design is finished, and here it all is.
Firstly, lets start at the beginning. I started off with basically an outline of a space with a placeholder kitchen on the plans that were submitted to the council for planning approval (shown above). I was too busy to work out the nitty gritty of the kitchen joinery at the time (and considering how long it took for me to get it actually done, we'd have never have submitted the plans by now if I had, let alone be midway through the construction process). A few things determined the shape of the room - the roof line (as I've said before a pitched roof going into an exiting Victorian roof is quite tricky to get right) directly influenced the size that we had for the rooms below, along with site constraints and our desire to (at that time) retain the old grass tennis court in the garden.
When I sat down to actually work out the design earlier this year, it became apparent that I really needed another wall in the kitchen to fit the full height joinery/ storage/ appliances and pantry on. As I've previously discussed with the appliance selection, we wanted a separate side by side fridge and freezer, a pantry, two dishwashers, and a double oven. Trying to fit the appliances into the design that I'd sketched out for the council approval plans was virtually impossible without removing all the storage for plates/ crockery etc. rendering the kitchen impossibly small and compromised.
So, after wracking my brain, I decided that we really needed to introduce a solid wall, and to effectively divide the space from the open plan dining and living room. Now, for overseas readers, this would seem like a no brainer. But in Australia, we have a big love affair with open plan living areas, so this was controversial for a few reasons (resale, and how it might be viewed was also a big consideration, although we don't plan to sell, you can never know what the future holds). Mr AV was also dead against it. It led to a lot of .... lets call them "spirited discussion". The solution I came up with was to have two large full height joinery elements opposite one another that introduce symmetry to the space, one acting as a divider between the dining and kitchen, but crucially stopping a meter short of the ceiling, so they are freestanding rather than built in. We also have a wider opening between the stairs down to the cellar and the joinery unit, and no door, so it still has the feeling of being open plan, but slightly separated from the dining and living rooms.
After that, it became very easy to fit everything into the kitchen as needed, although the island was also something that I went back and forth on. I really wanted it to look like a free standing table in the centre of the room (it's quite a small island), but in the end my practical side won, as it's the main storage zone for cutlery, plates and glasses. It's directly opposite the dishwashers for ease of unpacking, and handily located for the children to help themselves to what they need when they are able to make breakfast to themselves (still waiting for that day to arrive.....).
The Island will function as the central linking point - I have power points on one side of the unit, and it's somewhere to put things pulled out from the pantry and fridge, somewhere to roll out dough for biscuit (cookie) baking, or plating up meals, it's really the general prep area. There's space on one side for the three children to perch on stools.
So here are some (hand drawn - The Dark Ages) elevations:
This is the unit with the Freezer on the left, Fridge next to that, and walk in pantry next to that. The fridge and freezer are fully built in - I wanted this as it will be the first thing you see when you walk into the new extension and look to the left at the kitchen... a big bank of stainless steel or white fridge doors would visually jar and distract from all the good features (like the window). To refresh your memory, here's the photo of the partially installed window that I showed on the weekend
The unit under the window is to be a feature, so everything is concealed behind matching doors, and from left to right the first unit has a series of drawers behind the door (to keep baking supplies and utensils in), dishwasher 1, cleaning supplies under the sink, pull out bin, dishwasher 2, and corner unit (Hafele make very clever ones that slide baskets out from behind one another) that I will keep tupperware etc in. As the window is the feature of the kitchen, I've chosen a beautiful tap in antiqued brass from Perrin and Rowe, which has traditional overtones. The sinks are underbench mounted stainless steel (mixing metals can work quite well, and the sinks will be fairly subtle as a contrast). Here's the tap I've chosen in chrome (my tap is brass, and with a separate spray head for pots as well).
The last elevation is the unit that divides the dining and kitchen zones. This is the cooking area - from left to right there is an appliance cupboard with slide up hatch, on the lower run of cupboards a narrow pull out unit for cooking oils, drawer unit for utensils and pots and pans, another narrow unit with pull out for spices, full height unit that contains the double oven, warming drawer and drawer unit for oven accessories (spare trays etc). The splashback to the induction cooktop above the drawer unit will be a single piece of the bench top marble. I wanted to keep it all fairly streamlined and unfussy. The focus is on the windows and I wanted the kitchen to feel serene without too much to distract.
For the finishes, as you can see, I've gone for a more traditional style with shaker profile doors. This was due to one deciding factor alone - the back of the unit that divides the kitchen from the dining area had to be in the same finish as the rest of the kitchen, and laminate (my first preference of finish) comes in fixed sheet sizes. On the one hand it sat uneasily with me that I'd be essentially creating a wall out of laminate (i.e. plastic) in the dining area, but the decider in the end was that I'd have to have split it in two somehow, as laminate sheet sizes are fixed, and it was wider than one sheet in width.
So, the finishes you can see are the linoleum flooring (which is kind of blending in with the carpet in the study that I photographed this on), the composite stone that looks like marble for the bench tops, a wavy, hand made looking matt tile to go around the window and right up to the ceiling. For the paint colour, I'm still undecided (and will not be using Porters - while the colours are beautiful, they are not suitable for a high use area like the kitchen. I'll be specifying a Dulux semi gloss enamel colour that matches one of these colours in a pale putty colour). These are the lights that will go over the island bench - a group of 3 pendants that are irregular and look like hand blown glass.
I'm still researching joinery pulls, but I'm going to go with antiqued brass in a modern rectangular profile, which will look really good against the putty coloured joinery. Unfortunately I haven't found what I like just yet (except for overseas), so I'm still searching, but it will come together fairly soon I think.
So that's it. Possibly an anti climax to all considering how angst ridden this process has been... but I'm happy with it. It has storage and zoning all sorted out correctly, has fitted in the appliances that I wanted, and will I hope be a really functional working kitchen, as well as being a beautiful space to be in. Lets face it - I spend a Lot of time in my kitchen, so it was important to me that I got it right. Oh, and if you're wondering why it took me 6 months to sort out a few measly little hand drawn elevations... rest assured that I have pages of sections through cupboards and details of how the routing and shaker profile doors are to look... I just won't post them here as they're a bit boring!
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