Story by Mary Webb
Photography by Paul McCredie
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In renovating their kitchen, the owners of this 1950s home wanted to retain the original design integrity, but make it more practical for modern needs
While we may admire a particular design aesthetic from the past, often the practical detailing doesn't really measure up to the needs of a more contemporary lifestyle.
The owners of this home, designed in 1948 by Wellington architects Plischke and Firth, loved the 1950s-era styling of the kitchen, but needed more space for a growing family. The old kitchen was small and dark, so designer Daniel Woolley suggested opening up two rooms to create one larger space for a kitchen, dining area and homework or study space. Windows and doors now link this area to the garden.
The owners wanted to re-use some of the existing cabinetry in the new kitchen, but with more practical features. Part of the old cabinetry was carefully removed, restored and refitted along one wall of the new kitchen, with pull-out flour bins installed behind the original doors. New cabinets were finished to match – a hand-painted finish mimics the original joinery, and handles are in a 1950s style. For convenience, doors and drawers feature modern soft-close runners.
Booth seating has a 1950s look, as do the hanging cabinets with glass sliding doors over the peninsula bench. These are positioned higher than the originals, and used for display rather than storage. A freestanding stove has a retro feel and the refrigerator and freezer are integrated into cabinetry. Behind the clear glass splashback, the wall is finished in a brightly coloured 1950s-style wallpaper.
First published date: 28 May 2010
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|Kitchen designer||Daniel Woolley, Hearth Ltd (Wellington)|
|Interior designer||Eleanor Steel, ES Design|
|Kitchen manufacturer||A1 Joinery|
|Oven and cooktop||Smeg from Kitchen Things|
|Ventilation||Asko Powerpack from Kitchen Things|
|Refrigeration||Liebherr integrated refrigerator/freezer from Kitchen Things|
|Dishwasher||Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer|
|Splashback||Bridey Farrell wallpaper behind glass|
|Cabinetry||Hand-painted with Resene Juniper and Rice Cake paint|
|Benchtops||Stainless steel; Laminex White Flint, Laminex Tetra Ice|
|Flooring||Existing tongue and groove|
|Lighting||Vintage lamps and undercabinet fluorescents|
|Sink||Reginox Princess 80|
|Taps||Methven Nilo Pillar sink faucet|
|Table||Custom booth in vinyl finish|
|Windows and doors||Double glazed from A1 Joinery|