Overcoming a design challenge in the kitchen

Modern kitchens are often the centre of the home and balancing the practical needs of the space with a design that will last isn’t easy.

Over the past 24 months the Three Birds Renovations team has created five new kitchens, with the final touches being put on the one in the Baulkham Hills home this week.

1. Bringing the outside in


This kitchen is now a more open space.

This kitchen was designed to be a destination zone within the house but it was originally located in the middle of a long room, which made it more of a thoroughfare.

The kitchen needed to be an open, breezy space.

By moving it to the end of the long room and creating a new alfresco zone directly off the kitchen, this space has been transformed.

With its custom-built breakfast bar and gas-strut window, this new entertaining space is now fully integrated into the kitchen.

The French doors lead directly out to the pool, giving parents the perfect view of the kids whilst preparing dinner.

2. Hiding the sand


The floorboards here are designed to hide the effect of sandy feet in this holiday house kitchen.

Holiday fun was a serious design consideration with this kitchen as the home was built to be the perfect weekend getaway.

The white washed timber flooring acts as the ideal camouflage for what sandy feet leave behind.

The bi-fold window overlooking the front lawn helps the adults keep an eye on the kids.

The playful pops of mint green both in the appliances and the fridge add to the holiday vibe.

3. Making a small space look bigger


This white kitchen with open doors looks bigger and the natural light makes it an inviting space.

This space was a dark, skinny rumpus room and the challenge was to make the kitchen look bigger.

The white in the cabinetry and benches along with multiple French doors give the impression of a larger space plus these features let in more natural light.

The Calacatta stone used on the splashback adds a luxurious finish.

4. How to add modern touches


Matt black tapware adds a modern touch to this classic kitchen design.

Matt black tapware, pendant lights and handles ensured this kitchen felt modern despite the traditional splashback and shelving.

The cabinetry was custom-made and manufactured in the same paint colour as the feature stairwell in this house.

The muted tone benchtops with the soft grey veins compliment the cabinets.

With a gas-strut window overlooking a peaceful garden and deck to the side, this kitchen is now a relaxing space.


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