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Beach tones and an integrated design are features of this family kitchen

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Merging with the wider interior, this contemporary, understated kitchen's white and wood cabinetry and travertine floors evoke the home's coastal setting

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Look around you! This could have been the brief for this entertainer's and family kitchen created by Craig Steere Architects as part of a whole coastal home design.

White sands, stone, and driftwood are all represented in the tones and materials of the home, and the kitchen extends this look, says associate architect Mark de Rozario.

The kitchen furthers the home's clean, simple lines as well – to an extent melding with its surrounding, with touches like a wood soffit running the length of the space and the slender engineered stone benchtops.

"Being a social hub and a throughway, we added to the integrated feel by giving the cabinetry a furniture-like appeal," he says. "Hence, the recessed pull handles and hidden functionality. The panel to the left of the integrated refrigerator is a pivot door opening to a discreet scullery."

On the other side of the fridge is an appliance cupboard accessed by pocket sliders – leaving this open creates a different look for the space. And there's a concealed coffee nook beyond that.


A dishwasher and further storage are located on the inner side of the island.

"The large island has plenty of room in front, making it ideal for social gatherings," de Rozario says. "And the kitchen's central location offers easy access to the living and outdoor areas, while taking in the stunning sea views and views to the pool.

"A low upstand screens clutter from the dining area at this prepping end of the kitchen, without impeding the outlook."

The design also avoids the chef feeling isolated when cooking – a child's study nook is set near the family-friendly kitchen.

First published date: 10 November 2017

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Architect Craig Steere, Craig Steere Architects; associate architect Mark de Rozario
Cabinetry American White Oak Veneer by Briggs
Cabinetry hardware Blum
Benchtops and splashback Caesarstone Snow
Kitchen sink Oliveri
Taps Arnando Vicario by Oliveri
Oven, cooktop, dishwasher Miele
Ventilation Qasair
Refrigeration SubZero
Wine fridges Westinghouse, Fisher & Paykel
Water dispenser Zip Hydrotap
Flooring Travertine from Milano Stone
Lighting Alti Lighting
Awards Trends International Design Awards Kitchens – Highly Commended