Cuisine of the week: French country at Cromwell
French country with a commercial twist – oak desk style drawers are a feature of the beautiful island in the kitchen of this new Cromwell home.
It’s hard to believe this is a new kitchen in a brand new home, but it’s on purpose.
With its traditional stone and cedar exterior, the house pays homage to the colonial architecture of the Cromwell region – the house is close to Lake Dunstan, with views of the Barren Pisa Range and other mountains, and a glimpse Lake.
Kitchen designer Hannah Withy of HM Design in Wanaka said the interior should be in harmony with the natural surroundings. But the kitchen has also been designed to bring a touch of French country, with “a touch of refined contemporary industrialism”. “There is also a touch of English cottage that draws inspiration from one of the owner’s English heirlooms.”
Withy says family entertains sometimes and grandchildren visit, so they needed seating for small children and multiple adults.
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“The owners appreciate all types of cuisine and don’t often eat in the restaurant. The kitchen had to function with an ergonomic flow, and the aesthetics had to have the “wow factor”. It was also important to have a good flow to a sheltered yard with a barbecue.
Another request was an oven tower with a conventional oven and a combined steam oven. Space had already been allocated for a scullery, which was to be a workspace where cooking and preparation for entertaining could be done. Most of the food and dishes had to be stored in the back kitchen.
Withy says the owners wanted the refrigerator in the back kitchen as well: “They didn’t want it to dominate the main kitchen area.”
The designer showcased beautiful oak woods for the Big Island, with traditional and commercial desk-style drawers with file cabinet handles found years earlier at a knickknack store. Oak also frames the hanging cabinets.
The remaining lacquered cabinets are painted in Resene White Pointer, with Prime White Melamine cabinets in the back kitchen. The worktops are in steel gray granite with a suede finish, from About Granite & Marble.
The choice of materials matches the owners’ desire for a unique kitchen that reflects the natural landscape beyond the windows and creates a warm and elegant heart in their home.
Withy says the budget for the kitchen was $ 50,000.
The carpentry is from B&M Joinery, Cromwell.
Three kitchens won top honors at the 2020 TIDA New Zealand Kitchen Awards.