Silvan farmhouse kitchen by Smith & Smith, photos - Tim Turner
This project was winner of a 2019 HIA Award for Best Kitchen $30-50,000 and Best Laundry.
Exposed recycled brick walls and concrete floors mimic the fertile soils beyond the window and provide a rustic canvas for this beautiful painted American Oak kitchen. An old world charm is pulled in from carefully selected antique light fittings. An old shop counter has become the central island. The painted (Dulux Silkwort) American Oak shaker style doors have a visible wood grain that gives a rustic warmth of greater depth than painted MDF. A bespoke built-in window seat lures the family into the kitchen area and keeping them there in comfort with an ever-changing view of the countryside. A natural stone mantle looks like it came straight from a two-hundred-year-old home and further adds to the sense of timeless country style.
The area is functional as a hard-working family kitchen, but also as a communal space. Farmhouse kitchens in eras past were a hub for workers and family to meet and eat. This kitchen harks back to that to create a space that is excellent for entertaining or just for drawing the family together.
Storage and access
A combination of open and closed shelving ensures personality can be on display while clutter can be hidden. While the kitchen has an old world air, it does not skimp on modern functionality including soft-close hinges and drawers, integrated sorting bins and kick drawer hidden storage. The stone mantle hides a fully functioning modern range hood.
A butler’s pantry provides extra storage but does not skimp on style. The scheme of the main kitchen is carried through with a combination of natural and painted timber. Shadow line at the back of open shelving oozes country charm. It hints at a home that has been here forever although this is an entirely new build.
Is this the laundry we all dream of? Drying racks, coat hooks and abundant storage prove this laundry is living the dream. It does not skimp on style either. The doors and benchtops are carried from kitchen and butler’s pantry all the way through to the laundry. Stone tile flooring adds to the rustic charm while being hard wearing in this high use area.