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Expansive glazing and transparent glass benchtops in this rebuilt kitchen ensure a spectacular view is maximised

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Of all the renovation projects you might be considering, installing a new kitchen will probably have the most significant impact on the way you live in your home.

One of the key reasons is the introduction of new materials and products that allow designers to push the boundaries, creating spaces that work on all levels. A family kitchen may be functional, but it can also make a strong design statement – and be ideally suited to entertaining.

This kitchen, designed by Hayley Brown in conjunction with architect Brynn McCauley, is a good example. The original cramped kitchen in the house was divided from the family area by a central support post. Replacing this with a structural beam created the space for a larger kitchen, better suited to the owners' needs.

Maximising a great sea view was another design priority say owners Ian and Jarmila Dykes.

"We wanted to be able to sit at the breakfast bar and look at the garden and straight out to the water," says Ian Dykes. "In addition, we wanted an uncluttered aspect to the view – hence the need for a sleek, streamlined kitchen, which wouldn't detract from the outlook."

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Brown says small windows in the room were replaced with full-height glazing to capture all aspects of the view. A 2.5cm-thick, cantilevered glass counter runs the width of the room, incorporating the cooktops and bench space. The glass counter ensures the view is not restricted from any angle. A custom hood with a double flue adds visual impact.

"The owners can enjoy breakfast at the glass counter, or the island, which is a gathering place for friends and family," says Brown.

Sandblasted glass, aluminium-framed doors and lacquered cabinetry with negative detailing further reinforce the sleek, contemporary look.

First published date: 23 January 2006

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Architect Brynn McCauley
Kitchen designer Hayley Brown (Raumati, Kapiti Coast)
Kitchen manufacturer Hansens
Hardware Hettich
Lighting AD Light
Flooring Tasmanian oak
Paints Resene
Cabinetry Aalto Colour two-pack satin lacquer
Benchtops Quartz Blanco Paloma by Bramco; 19mm glass from Pilkington
Refrigerator Maytag
Oven and cooktop Ilve
Rangehood Customised by Brightworks
Dishwasher Bosch
Microwave/oven Miele
Taps Grohe Minta
Sink Franke