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A pared-back contemporary white kitchen with a large island inside, and a more compact one outdoors, with a blue glass splashback.

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A renovation often provides an ideal opportunity to update a kitchen. But the owners of this traditional bungalow did much more, adding two new kitchens, an entire new floor, two-storey extension and a carport.

Architect Craig Webster of Monster Ideas Architects says the original house was raised to create space for new rooms on the ground floor. These include a new kitchen in the core of the house, which opens directly onto a landscaped rear courtyard, complete with a new outdoor kitchen.

"The main kitchen sits near to the entry foyer and stairs," says Webster. "This area forms the junction between the old and the new, so the main challenge was to make the kitchen work from this perspective."

To help define the kitchen within the overall space, the architect enclosed the island within a narrow bulkhead. This features dark grey-painted Easy VJ wall sheeting that is similar to the traditional timber weatherboards on the exterior of the house.

In contrast, the cabinetry is lacquered in white, with a darker row of drawers on the front of the island for childrens' homework and supplies.


Kitchen designer and owner Belinda Smith says there are many other hidden storage areas that help retain the uncluttered look, including a large locker-style area behind a wallpapered panel in the entry. This houses shoes, boots and children's bags.

Most of the rear wall of the kitchen incorporates cabinets, including a walk-in pantry on the far right, and a bench behind pocket doors – for small appliances. Integrated appliances also keep the look streamlined.

The outdoor kitchen has a barbecue, stainless steel sink, bar fridge, coffee machine and microwave oven. There are also condiments concealed behind the glass splashback.

First published date: 29 March 2013

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Architect Craig Webster, Monster Ideas Architects (Tarragindi, Qld)
Kitchen designer Belinda Smith, Inside Phase
Builder Phase Developments
Kitchen manufacturer DMW Cabinets and Shopfitting
Wallpaper Eijffinger from Cuchi Window Covering Specialists
Cabinetry Lacquer; Laminex timber veneer in Seasoned Oak
Hardware Nover; Wilson and Bradley; Blum Tandembox; Blum Orga-Line; supplied by DMW Cabinets and Shopfitting
Splashback Grey mirror from Civic Showerscreens
Benchtops SmartStone in Astral from GMG Stone
Sink Versastyle
Taps Franke
Oven, cooktop, hood and dishwasher Smeg
Refrigerator Maytag
Bulkhead Easy VJ wall sheeting