Upon meeting Phil Burguez & Vicky Ross back in February last year and seeing their existing kitchen and the location of it which presented many challenges. It was a relatively small kitchen particularly for their large sprawling colonial house. Clearly the existing footprint would not do. I had to create some space, make the new kitchen function properly and last of all do the house justice with a beautiful new kitchen.


The existing kitchen was a typical 90’s G – Shaped kitchen with lots of wasted space in the centre of the kitchen. The Footprint that formed the basis of my recommendation included Cabinetry and Benchtop on both sides of the room with an island in the middle and the addition of a Butler’s Pantry.


The kitchen was located next to a wrap around deck and quickly Phil and Vicky remarked that the rear section of the deck was never used. So my initial advice was to turn this unused space into a Butler’s Pantry creating some extra space which was badly needed. From a structural point of view, this was a relatively easy thing to do. My builder built in the existing deck section with framing and weatherboards enclosing the space and the floor was also replaced. This created a fairly large pantry with the ability for lots of storage and a separate workspace.


The clients initially had reservations about this concept. They didn’t want to loose the airflow that was currently being provided by a window and they also liked the view of some bamboo trees which provided a nice outlook. I recommended we place a window in the pantry with louvers to deal with both the flow of fresh air and also to frame the view of the bamboo.


The other main challenge with this renovation was a support post which was not removeable so my solution was to integrate this post into the island. This was coupled with a VJ raked ceiling from 2 directions where the ceiling height went from 3200 to 2200 from one side of the room to the other. The best I could do again was to integrate where the ceiling met the top of the cabinetry through the use of a VJ Bulkhead. This made it less obvious.


The end result was an outstanding success:

“We absolutely love our new kitchen. Mathew was wonderful to work with through each stage of the process, from initial design to completion. We couldn’t be happier with the final product and would highly recommend Brisbane Kitchen Design.”

Vicki Ross Hendra Brisbane

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