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Cockle Bay Kitchen


Auckland

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Cockle Bay Kitchen Auckland

The owners of this kitchen love entertaining. They know a good kitchen when they work in one – and theirs was not.

Apart from its small size, it lacked storage, flow, bench space and style while being too narrow for more than one chef to work in at any time. Running a highly successful café and catering business, the new kitchen design had to meet not only their family needs but also their own professional chef demands and their adult daughter’s pastry-chef passion with all its associated equipment. Rather than laboriously copying latest trends, they requested a kitchen that welcomed you in and looked as though it had always been there”. Related to this, it needed to sympathetically flow with the classic styling and neutral colour palette of adjacent dining and family rooms.

From a layout point of view, they needed the ability to prep and cook at the hob while still engaging with guests. To achieve this, an island bench was designed as the main hub of activity in the centre of the kitchen. With an induction hob, a built-in (but removable) timber chopping board and scrap bin drawers below this zone works perfectly. An L-shaped timber bar top provides additional bench space for plating up and is a comfortable place to relax, watch the action and still chat to the cook.

Looking out to the garden, a long fresh-white Corian benchtop behind provides the clean-up area, complete with a large granite sink. The all-important coffee machine sits centre of attention with shallow coffee-cup shelves above individually feature lit. At the opposite end an herb-channel drops into the Corian top adjoining the sunroom, acting as a naturally green distraction to potential dirty dishes piling up.

Cockle Bay Kitchen Auckland
Shelving, laundry
Breakfast bar feature
Scullery
Kitchen features

The dedicated baking zone for the keen cake-decorator and pastry-chef daughter, is positioned on the rear wall. Complete with its own sink, oven, divided drawers and overhead cupboards it houses everything needed for the ‘test’ bake offs and intricate iced flower moulding. Although open to the main kitchen to the side, it acts much like a scullery by simply closing cavity sliders in the dividing wall, visually separating it from the drinks and bar zone. A new full-height window to the end of the kitchen floods this back wall with natural light. Their daughter loves to work in here as the semi-openness keeps her connected to family conversations yet far enough away to not interrupt other cooks at work or play!

This drinks zone is the real ‘jewellery-factor’ of the kitchen with its coffee-coloured mosaic tiles made of individual painted glass toffees. Incorporating an integrated drinks fridge, spirits drawers and drinking glasses shelving, this zone keeps honoured guests out of the main food preparation and cooking areas but close enough to serve refreshments. Entertaining is a real occasion and a breeze.

With not a corner cupboard in sight, everything is housed in accessible drawers, each internally dimensioned to suit the objects they will store – be it pot lids, spices, mixing bowls or breadmakers. Left of the fridge, a bi-folding door opens up revealing a breakfast centre complete with the toaster, spreads and teas.

Achieving the welcoming touch, the chocolate stain of the oak bar top highlights the wood grain, inviting visitors to stroke it. The dark stained suspended shelf visually balances the Cosmic Black granite of the benchtop beneath and connects with other dark timber features in nearby furniture. These two natural bench materials are teamed with ‘new classic styled’ kitchen cabinetry – the recessed panelled doors provide the enduring, handcrafted look the owners desired.

With open plan living spaces the clients wanted their new kitchen colour scheme to harmonise with their existing palette of neutrals, predominantly rich chocolate brown timbers and linen fabric tones.

A tad ironic for a house full of baristas, they already enjoyed their Resene Tea wall colour and were keen to flow this through into the new kitchen completing the aesthetic. With the kitchen’s location on the south side, a warmer Resene Half Fossil for the kitchen cabinetry was chosen to complement the Resene Tea and Resene Alabaster ceiling and act as a perfect foil to the equally warm undertones of the NZ Black Totara timber bar top and creamy veined drama evident in the contrasting Cosmic Black granite.

Continuing that touch of glam, Resene Bedrock from the Resene Metallics range embraces the partitioning wall of the open scullery.

Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom paint was specified for an easily wipeable finish and an anti-mould protection barrier. With many café recipes first trialled on family and friends in the home, there needed to be a confidence in the surfaces being hygienic and easy to clean.

Architectural specifier: Toni Roberts
Building contractor: Build FX
Painting contractor: Euro Painters
Photographer: Jamie Cobel
Other key contributor: PSP Stonecraft, Kings 4th Generation Timber

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