Not an Island

Our client’s immediate request was ‘not an Island’. Followed by the words high contemporary, restful light, and spacious. A kitchen that blends with the breathtaking sea views of their beachfront holiday home.

Fyfe’s Kira Gray responded by designing a classic ‘U-shaped’ kitchen boasting plenty of bench space and storage options. Placed between the lounge and dining room, the kitchen was built to accommodate a possible mix of families and friends using the space at one time.

Simplistic Design U-Shaped Kitchen Photo

Above: The U-shaped kitchen designed by Kira Gray.

The design featured a set of raised cupboards in washed ash veneer placed on each end. It doubled as a leaner as the clients did not want seating. These cupboards grounded the kitchen and defined its space. And to reduce its heavy appearance, the cupboards were offset with cantilevered cabinetry.

Below:  Left: Washed ash Veneer Cupboards found on each end of the room creates a point of interest with the Scilm T-edge framework. Right: Tall Cabinets, drawers and pull-outs extend the kitchen’s storage options.

Washed Ash Veneer Raised Cupboard Photo   Cantilevered Cabinetry Photo

Tall cupboards and an array of drawers and pull-outs extend the kitchen’s storage options. Negative detailing, waterfall ends, high aluminium toe kicks, along with Caesar Stone benchtops and upstands gave the room its high contemporary look. A simplistic design, light and bright, unobtrusive of the breathtaking views surrounding the kitchen.

High Contemporary U-Shaped Kitchen Photo

Above: The simplistic design blends in with the breathtaking seaviews of the beachfront holiday home.

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Life, Character and Impact

In today’s featured design, we look at a kitchen renovation by Kira Gray.

A U-shaped kitchen, with defined spaces for specific tasks was designed and built to meet our clients demand.

Fyfe U-shaped Kitchen

Above: Custom made U-Shaped Kitchen.

Our clients, a retired couple, wanted a kitchen that had life, character and impact – a space to gravitate to, socialise and entertain.

Their existing kitchen was dark, gloomy. Its wall oven tower in the middle of the back cooking wall eliminated the bench space. The room was tired, disjointed and small. The kitchen’s heavy appearance overpowered the view of the greenery outside.

Careful planning for maximum storage was a must for our clients. They wanted their kitchen to be modern, spacious, light and bright.

Kira redesigned the kitchen and placed the oven under the bench to lengthen the cooking area creating more bench space.

Horizontal flap cupboards and negative detailing stretch the space, concealing an existing step in the wall.

Featured Horizontal Flap Cupboard

Above: The kitchen featuring horizontal flap cupboards and negative detailing.

Below: A closer look at the custom made splashback feature.


A timber light pelmet doubles as a display shelf creating an illusion of space around the window. The pelmet sits proud due to the cabinet depth required to conceal the power pack.

The timber accent is kept consistent in the on-bench appliance pantry which hides the microwave.

A benchtop was designed and built inside the main pantry to serve as an appliance space. Beneath it, pullout internal drawers were placed for easy access and extra storage space.

And to keep the room looking bright and fresh, off-white urethane gloss was applied to symmetrically placed doors and drawers. The design contrasts with the impact of the granite benchtops giving the kitchen that wow factor.

Lastly, a feature glass splashback inspired by the clients’ interest in herbs and gardening, was installed in keeping with the kitchen’s aesthetic.

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Modern and Conveniently Functional

Our clients wanted a modern and functional kitchen, nestled in a small space. The kitchen renovation called for more storage as they were downsizing their home but not compromising their love of cooking.

Cue Lynsie Walsh-McDonnell.

“To start with, the limited footprint meant the gap between the benchtops had to be reduced. Storage was also going to be a huge issue” she observed.

Lynsie based her design on the client’s very specific ideas and requirements. She has put together a range of storage options for the kitchen.

To name a few, ten internal drawers were arranged for the pantry. The high ones are accessed by a hidden stepladder in the toekick. For extra storage, two toekick drawers were placed under the oven. Above the hob, shelving makes room for recipe books and miscellaneous items.

Storage Options

Above: The range of storage options.

Below: stainless steel tops and pullout baskets help with the kitchen’s modern appeal.

Pullout Baskets

Aesthetic and function is important in the kitchen to bring about that modern feel to a classic home.

Stainless steel tops with large capacity sinks and an anti-spill edge were used. A slide out shelf houses the inverter microwave placed under bench and designed to be pulled out when in use. There is a bulk storage bin on wheels under the microwave.  Pull out baskets for fruit and veggies are both practical and look great.

Shelves and Stainless Steel

Above:Thick shelves in the background for recipe books and miscellaneous items plus a view of the large capacity sink on the stainless steel top.

Below: A homely, modern and conveniently functional kitchen

Modern Conveniently Functional

And to give the kitchen a more functional edge, Lynsie designed a barn style sliding door to conceal the TV and stereo facing the living area. The design was inspired by the exposed stainless bolts and rafters in the ceiling.

The end result is a homely, modern and conveniently functional kitchen.

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A Modern Twist

A kitchen renovation designed by Kira Gray featuring a load bearing post, Corian and Stainless steel benchtops, and stained crown cut oak framed doors.

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Above: The kitchen featuring the load bearing post and it’s 90mm Corian cantilevered table top.

The owner’s wanted a strong classic looking kitchen with a modern twist, a room that has impact, and was a delight to entertain in. It will need plenty of storage and had to incorporate a laundry and walk in scullery.

Enter Kira Gray.

Kira remodelled the existing kitchen that ran parallel with the exterior wall and turned the whole kitchen around to face the family room/entrance way.

“A load bearing post from the existing exterior wall had to remain, so I incorporated this into the kitchen. I made the post 100 x 200mm, and centered the entire kitchen off the post.”  She added.

A 90mm Corian table top was cantilevered off the central island dissecting the post. The Corian was repeated at 40mm to the hob benchtop.

For Practicality and the modern twist, stainless steel benchtops were used on the island, laundry, and scullery. Kira decided on a simple framed door, in a stained crown cut oak. It linked with the stained oak panelling down the entrance hall and formal lounge.

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Above: Stainless steel Island Top to give the the kitchen a modern twist

Below: The kitchen’s stained crown cut oak doors and panels.

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The laundry and scullery flow through the same finish. Plenty of storage was achieved, and the overall use of materials gave it a strong timeless feel.

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Award Winning Bathroom Design

Congratulations to Fyfe Kitchens very own Kira Gray for winning accolades in the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) Awards 2014. Kira won Bathroom Design of the Year, Best Use of Lighting – Bathroom, People’s Choice Bathroom Award, and Regional Bathroom Award – Auckland.

Kira on NKBA Awards Night 2014

Above: Kira accepting her award for Bathroom Design of the Year at the 2014 NKBA Awards night. Presented by Peter Maddison (Grand Designs Australia and Maddison Architects Australia) and Ingrid Geldof (President of NKBA New Zealand).

Below: “Bold use of dark tones produces a harmonious outcome in this bathroom.” said the NKBA judges about her bathroom design manufactured by Fyfe Kitchens.

NKBA Bathroom Award Winner

To know more about the awards, download the 2014 Winners Booklet in PDF format from the NKBA Website. If you have any questions about the above bathroom design, please talk to us.