Transforming Spaces

Kim Duffin - Sunday, March 30, 2014
The HIA 2013 Brisbane Kitchen Design of the Year is unveiled. Modernisation, integration, and functionality were the three aspects that rested at the heart of this transformation.

Working with a beautiful double-story home with remarkable views out to Moreton Bay that were best captured from the kitchen. The owners start their day watching  the sun rise over the bay while eating breakfast in the kitchen, where all the planning, preparation and execution of their activities occur, so this was an integral element to consider for the redesign.

The old space was dated and did not function well nor was a reflection of how the current owners lived in their home.

Pre Transformation - Wynnum
Old kitchen prior to transformation.

Ultimately, the aim of the transformation was to better utilise space, increase flow and make the most out of the house’s positioning to highlight its focal areas. A functional layout for both day to day activities and entertaining was integral throughout planning, design, and execution.

The dateless colour palette, distinctive appliances and sharp clean lines give this kitchen a level of sophistication that is often aspired to in modern spaces but hard to achieve.  

Calacutta Marble, Silestone, Elica, Gaggenau
The new space featuring Calacutta marble splashback, glass drawer and doors and funky Elica rangehood

An innovative feature of this new space is the accent lighting.  The back wall showcases this with energy efficient LED lighting around the feature perimeter frame that has a mirrored surround (gives the illusion that it is floating), adds a funky, artsy vibe that helps the space transition depending on the mood.

LED Lighting LED Lighting Blue
Iphone or Ipad controlled lighting can be set to any RGB colour.  The possibilities are endless!

Another home is transformed by Kim and his team.  This stunning project is also featured in this month's Style Magazine.  See more images and the full article at
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