A 70s family home in Templestowe was given a sleek modern renovation; the kitchen followed suit.
The Templestowe area is awash with mid-brown brick family homes from the 70s. This renovated home has no hint of the original left. A sleek minimalist facade gives way to a thoroughly modern floorplan with a white and deep brown colour scheme.
These 70s homes have great bones that adapt well to modern renovations. The configuration is amenable to contemporary requirements. The kitchen occupies the same place as its predecessor. While the current kitchen has fewer cabinets, storage space is quite similar due to the better use of space.
The minimalist look has been created with a high-gloss two-pack polyurethane finish. An integrated fridge hides behind the double doors in the centre of the kitchen. Long, sleek, rebated handles are just the perfect hint of bling. A Lithostone benchtop sits next to an integrated stainless steel bench/sink, providing simple lines and an ideal workspace for a keen cook.
Clever tricks have been implemented to keep the minimalist silhouette while ensuring it is a functional workhorse. A coffee machine and other small appliances are kept within pocket doors to allow easy access without the need to pack the items away – simply closing the doors sends the kitchen back to crisp, clean minimalism. A deep sink provides a location for the odd dirty dish to be placed before racing out the door to work – keeping the bench clear of clutter.
Form and Function
Minimalism does not mean free of interest. Interest has been created with these bold cylindrical exhaust fans over the two cooktops. As well as being functional, these beauties provide wow factor and a talking point.
Two cooktops were chosen for this kitchen. The owner is a keen cook and wanted the option of fast cooking with the induction cooktop, but also the predictability of gas for those moments when the temperature needs to be reduced or increased immediately.