BYRON BAY PROJECT 2
The site for this new home is magnificent - on a hill with spectacular 180 degree views from Byron Bay headland over Tyagarah Nature reserve to Brunswick Heads. Surrounded by bushland, the site falls to a horse paddock, and vegetable garden. The owner would like a small home for himself and possibly a guest.
Luisa's vision for this house was for it to be nestled into the landscape and take advantage of the views. Initially she envisioned it as a crescent shaped floor plan but adjusted it to the main house with an angled bedroom wing, sitting on the crest of the hill. The living area is open plan but able to be divided with sliding doors, and a central fireplace. The entrance is a breezeway and sliding glazed doors open the living areas to an extensive deck. The slope of the land is used two levels - with main living dining kitchen master bedroom upstairs, and service and guest areas downstairs. The 'Mud' room allows a transition from inside to out, for muddy clothes, boots etc. which will suit the owner's lifestyle. The lower floor connects with the earth and is heavy weight construction such as mud brick walls, brick or stone. Upstairs can be lightweight steel framed with glazing. The roof provides good shading and possibility for solar panels, rainwater tanks can be incorporated.
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We design a lot of kitchens and always want to produce a beautiful space for our clients to enjoy being in. The kitchen trends of 2018 have proved to see the step away from the 'all white kitchen', this gets us very excited as is allows us to play around with more colours, textures and materials. We love to push the boundary of a traditional kitchen and to design a space that has a strong impact.
The use of coloured cabinetry is coming on trend, we are seeing more timber, black, grey, blue and green kitchens. Two-tone kitchens are also having their time in the spotlight, they add more dimension to the kitchen. Surteco have released a new product range called 'deko', it is a supermatte finish, anti-finger print, scratch resistant and is produced in 6 colours. This product will sure be in some of our upcoming kitchen designs.
There is a massive variety to chose from when it comes to splash backs, whether it be tiles, glass or stone. We are noticing a rise in stone, to match the bench top, rather than using tiles. The most common tile to use would be the subway tile, it can be layed so many ways, however our favourite is the stacked method. Square tiles are also coming back on trend this year, and we are loving Skheme's 'Casablanca' Range.
The variety of bench tops that are on the market can make it very hard to decide on which is the perfect one for your kitchen. Stone, concrete, timber and stainless steel open the doors for hundreds of options. If you are wanting to incorporate timber into your kitchen but feel timber benches are not as durable as other options, it can be a great design feature to have open timber shelving to display your beautiful ceramics and small plants. Stone bench tops will always be loved by the majority, as there are long lasting and elegant, but why not explore concrete bench tops? Caesarstone has brought out a new concrete range that we are absolutely loving!
CABINET HARDWARE & TAPWARE
The details of your kitchen really depend on the Cabinet hardware and tapware. The traditional colour of choice has been chrome/brushed chrome. However, the golds are coming back into trend and they are beautiful. Gold handles and taps elevate the kitchen's sophistication and style. While on the other hand, Matte black handles and tapware are going strong in the market and they doesn't seem to be slowing down. Matte Black is striking and chic, it has a bold impact that we love to use for our clients homes.
The storage trend is and always will be, the more storage the better. We design kitchen joinery that serves the whole family and home. Smart storage pushes the functionality of a kitchen.