Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 5 - Page 78

These pages: Wood veneer cabinetry, white-painted shiplap wood cabinetry, marble-look engineered stone island surfaces and white- painted recycled brick walls all feature in this light, bright, user- friendly extension. The small side window beside the glass splashback works in tandem with the pivot door to provide valuable cross ventilation. search | save | share at The rear upper and lower white cabinetry is finished with a grooved surface resembling shiplap timber. At the same time the interior faces of the brick wall are painted white – again forgoing colour for textural emphasis alone. As well as connecting more intimately to the garden, the extension also met the owners’ other main request – that it be sunny and light-filled. “The extension’s raked roof climbs to a high point over the kitchen and the corresponding part of the living area,” says Prineas. “So to achieve the bright ambience required we tucked a skylight up at the ceiling’s high point and this runs the length of the extension.” The long, discreet skylight floods light from above through the space and, of course, high- lights the surface textures in the room – the white brick walls and grooved cabinetry included. “The rays of light move across the interior as the day turns, creating an ever-changing feel in the addition. And a glass splashback further contributes to the kitchen’s light, airy feel.” Colour choices aside, the kitchen downplays its presence in other ways, too. The cabinetry has a minimalist feel with push-to-open side cabi- nets and overhang pulls on the rear cabinets.