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2/3/2021

HOW TO CREATE A KITCHEN THAT SUPPORTS YOUR LIFESTYLE

Kitchens are the heart and soul of any home. They bring us together for delicious food and conversation, they help us to reconnect with loved ones and friends and to create new memories.

Different life stages call for certain changes to be made to our kitchen spaces to make them more suitable for our lifestyles. When designing, we always start with the end goal in mind - form, function, and personality. 

Here are some of our favourite kitchens. Hopefully, they ignite inspiration for your own home improvements! 

Built-In-Bar

When friends come to play, you need a space to ‘bring the fun.’ And what better way to shake up a night at home than by mixing delicious cocktails for your friends!

We loved creating the Built-In-Bar featured in The Main Beach Penthouse (left). Here, we worked with a Perspex backsplash with internal downlighting and strip lighting under the Corian shelves for those impromptu sessions that unintentionally carry on, and on, and on...On the right is the Bronte residence by Studio George and we’re absolutely loving the way the bar is featured off the kitchen and semi-hidden behind the tinted fluted glass.

Image Source: Langlois Design | Main Beach Residence
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Image Source: Studio George | Bronte Residence
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Bar Table

Walk right in and sit right down. Adding a bar table to the end of your kitchen bench brings another layer of usability to your space. As the little ones get older, it’s great to have a more casual space to come together to eat, even if only for certain meals of the day. We love that it’s a place to reconnect while making a meal, and it can also even double as a casual office space! 

However it best serves you, bar tables are fantastic features for smaller homes and apartments that crave more functionality. 

Image Source: Langlois Design | New Farm Apartment
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Image Source: Simone Haag
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Outdoor Extension 

Extending your kitchen outside opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Whether that involves adding a wood fired pizza oven and additional benches or simply opening straight up to the outdoor dining area for summer nights under the stars. 

We created this outdoor space for The Maleny Farm (featured below). It required some considerable redesign, but the results have been worth all the effort. A brighter, more open and functional space to enjoy with family and friends. Likewise the continuation of the materials palette in our Byron residence creates a connection when they are not side by side. 

Image Source: Langlois Design | Maleny Farm
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Image Source: Langlois Design | Maleny Farm
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Image Source: Langlois Design | Byron Bay Residence
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Image Source: Langlois Design | Byron Bay Residence
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Walk-In Pantry

Your walk-in pantry will quickly become a household favourite. Designed and organised with your best interests in mind, it should be much more than a spot for storing foods and spices. 

This is an opportunity to move the dozens of appliances stealing space on your kitchen bench. Include as many powerpoints as possible, add a benchtop and revel in the extra room you now have that’s neatly tucked away from plain sight (unless you opt for a see-through frame, of course!).

If you’re after a more subtle pantry, a sleek cavity door will create a seamless look for any modern kitchen that’s out of sight but very much in mind. 

Image Source: Casa Ceramica
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Image Source: Flack Studio | Prahan Residence
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Custom Cabinetry

As the family grows, you start to acquire more kitchen tools and appliances and so you find yourself needing more storage space. While it might require some forward planning, custom cabinetry can really change a space and make it far more organised and functional. 

Custom cabinetry designed by Shaun Lochyer Architects is featured throughout The Clayfield Residence. As you can see it creates seamless lines, perfect for the family who wants a clutter-free life. To complement these minimalist lines, we added woven leather barstools to add warmth and texture. Not forgetting also an easy wipe down after the little ones. 

Image Source: Langlois Design | Clayfield Residence

Space Saving + Multi-Purpose Functionality 

When working with small spaces, every inch matters. In The New Farm Apartment, the families kitchen was nestled quite closely to the dining area — so to create more flow around the space, we built bench seats at the dining table! 

We also enclosed the stairwell creating additional storage underneath, a feature of the balustrade and mirror reflection and a cosy hub for the family to congregate, work at, eat at and simply make the most of. 

Image Source: Langlois Design | New Farm Apartment
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Image Source: Tamsin Johnson
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Whether you need a complete kitchen redesign or just a bit of styling, we’re here to help! Get in touch by phoning 0413 345 762 or through the Contact Us page on our website.


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