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A contemporary family kitchen that retains practical details works well in this remodeled home

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Color can make or break the successful union of traditional architectural features and a modern kitchen. Highlighting older elements in bold tones could be overbearing, while painting them white may render them insignificant.

Kitchen designer Damian Hannah says a solution lies in the use of aluminum.

"Aluminum is the new white," he says. "It has so many application possibilities: countertop surfaces and edging, cabinet doors, trim, bar handles and backsplashes. But it also suits all types of homes - from contemporary apartments to traditional-style residences."

He showcases his theory in this home, a large 1910 weatherboard villa which had been gutted and re-laid to suit to the requirements of a young family. Architect Angela Foster says the concept was for a modern interior and the kitchen was integral in establishing this look - hence the choice of Poggenpohl cabinetry.

However, says the kitchen designer, utmost consideration was required for the integration of old and new in such a contemporary application.

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This attention to detail can be seen particularly between the back counter and the island. This area is an extension to the house and it was decided to highlight this fact. So, in the existing section, the floorboards remain with the cabinetry a complementary chestnut brown veneer. In the extension, granite floor tiles and anodized aluminum feature.

"We used the aluminum because most of the home's interior is white," says Hannah. "Aluminum doesn't detract from white but doesn't blend in too much with it either. It was the perfect complement."

The kitchen is in a completely different position to its predecessor, says the architect. It was relocated for a number of reasons – establishing a connection to the outdoors was just one. Now the homeowners can watch their children playing outside and pass platters through the back windows when dining outdoors.

Placing the kitchen in this area also made sense because it allowed for the inclusion of a scullery, an idea borrowed from the original kitchen.

"This meant the kitchen could become a showpiece and the scullery could conceal cooking and preparation mess," the architect says.

First published date: 01 April 2005

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Kitchen designer Damian Hannah
Architect Angela Foster, Foster Architects
Kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl
Cabinets Poggenpohl aluminum; chestnut veneer
Countertops Stainless steel; DuPont Corian
Backplash Ilve stainless steel
Stove and rangehood Ilve
Refrigerator GE
Dishwasher Miele
Mixer Hansgrohe Allegra Uno-Alux
Pop-up power outlet Poggenpohl Evoline
Bar stools Lem stool by La Palma
Flooring Existing wood floors and Bramco honed bluestone tiles