Brick Works Scandinavian Kitchen
Incorporating a feature wall of exposed brick was a pre-requisite for the homeowners of this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen, by Mastercraft Kitchens Waikato.
Incorporating the old into the new
“Although the kitchen changed colour several times during our initial discussions, the one thing that remained constant was the use of the reclaimed Christchurch brick works on the back wall – and was to be the main feature of this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen in terms of colour and texture,” says designer Jordyn.
The kitchen itself sits in the open-plan living area of a brand-new home by high-end local building firm, Downey Designer Homes. This kitchen is based on one of their standard floor plans, but finished in completely different style, with custom detailing and finishes.
Quirky, bespoke, unique kitchen and brick works
“My clients wanted something different… something quirky and out of the box, that fitted their own personality – and not anything everyone else had,” she says. “They were using the brick works as part of the cladding on the outside of the house, so decided to incorporate it as a highlight on the inside, too.”
Because actual bricks, not veneers were being used, Jordyn had to work with the bricklayers from a very early stage of the build, in order to calculate where the bricks needed to start and stop.
“For instance, the units above the benchtop don’t have any brick behind them, but the lower cabinetry do – except we made a cut-out to enable the benchtop to be slotted in,” she explains. “The same method was used to locate the open shelving, so it was quite a complex, technical process.”
Narnia door to butlers pantry
Another ‘trick’ feature of this kitchen is the hidden door along the back wall that leads to a butler’s pantry. “We call it a ‘Narnia’ door,” smiles Jordyn. “It’s designed to look like a normal part of the cabinetry, but is in fact a door into another room.
Although quite compact, the butler’s pantry contains a large sink and drainer top, lots of storage, bench space for prep, and a broom cupboard. There’s also a window to let natural light in, so it’s a great space to work in and not at all claustrophobic, says the designer.
White, but not as you know it
Back out in the main kitchen, the predominant colour is white – Arctic White Melamine cabinetry and Caesarstone benchtops in Snow. In order to give the kitchen that ‘something different’ her clients had requested, Jordyn incorporated subtle timber highlights, using Melteca Aged Ash detailing in the open shelving, and also as a pinstripe of negative detailing around the perimeter of the cabinetry.
Adding this timber compliments and connects the stark white cabinetry with the richness of the raw reclaimed brickwork.
One further, more subtle feature that Jordyn included in her design was to give the island benchtop a deeper than normal overhang – 700mm at its widest – so that the leading edge of the island could comfortably seat her clients’ entire family at any one time.
“It’s a very functional and efficient white kitchen… with a twist,” says Jordyn. “The brick back wall, the timber negative detailing, and the hidden butler’s pantry has given it the quirky points of difference my clients requested, and I think they’re really happy with how it turned out for all those reasons.”
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This kitchen was proudly designed, manufactured and installed locally by Mastercraft Kitchens Waikato.