This two story home, a stone’s throw away from the foreshore of Adelaide’s West Beach, once was four units that were built in the early 1970’s. Then in 2001 they were combined to make one home. The current owners, a professional couple with two teenage daughters wanted to make an open plan of the existing upper level with a combined kitchen/ lounge/ dining and separate scullery. Entertaining with friends and family meant good function and design elements were important to them. Good hidden climate control and use of task and mood lighting was also requested.
To achieve an open plan and to create extra natural light, two walls of the original dining room needed to be removed and structurally engineered beams were then fitted. New Jarrah kitchen and scullery floor boards were raised up to and keyed into the existing floor. A lowered ceiling in the scullery housed the air-conditioning unit with new bulkheads around the perimeter of the two rooms concealing the ducting and vents.
Marri, a striking timber species from Western Australia was chosen for the featured island benchtop. The imperfections, filled with black fibreglass resin work harmoniously with the Dulux-Domino coloured cabinetry doors. To add extra contrast and texture white reconstituted stone benchtops and diamond textured matt white splashback tiles were used. To soften the wall of Domino coloured cabinets, horizontally laid Byron Blackbutt timber veneer was used above the cooktop bench. Appliances, mostly black in appearance blend away with the cabinetry. As a part of this theme black sink, tap and pendent lights were used. The scullery colour due to its size is predominantly white which makes this smaller space appear larger. Task and mood lighting has been achieved with LED ceiling lights, coffered ceiling LED strip lighting and pendants.
Designed by Steve Mahlo and built by the Brilliant SA Team