Once I had removed the kitchen and its glasshouse from the back of Mark’s house, it gave me the opportunity to not only open up the floor-plan, but access the outdoor area. Now I’m the first to admit that the view into Mark’s yard wasn’t exactly a ‘million-dollar view’, but installing the new café style aspect with bi-fold windows and a breakfast bar bench-top created a different lifestyle space within the home and a connection between the interior and outdoors. Now that’s wow factor!
The Accent Windows black aluminium café windows are a statement piece of their own that required specialist installation. Black frames are on trend at the moment and whilst bold, the glass is expansive and when opened, the frame will almost become invisible allowing the colours in the garden to come to the fore. The black frames also tie in with the black cabinetry in the kitchen, making the back room and garden beyond become a cohesive space.
The breakfast bar was not a bar without its bespoke timber bench-top made by Luke at Christopher Blank. We started with a hardwood timber that worked for the binary indoor/outdoor function and then Luke burnt the wood, almost fossilizing the top, and made it incredibly tough.
I paired the bench-top with a set of Bisque Interiors bar stools and a dozen glasses and tumblers. Roger Seller sink fittings were integrated joinery from The Kitchen Group through Freedom Kitchens. I found the splash-back and bar top at Perini Tiles and used the same combination of mixed white gloss and matt subway tiles that are used in the bathrooms to give continuity through the house. The Smeg appliances give that same 50s retro touch that is in the kitchen and a Bar Fridges Australia bar fridge was integrated into the space.
Taubmans ceiling white was used to accentuate the light and bright feeling in room and I stacked the existing washer and dryer into the space left by the old fridge (it was seriously made for it!).
Whether Mark uses this space to eat his The Muesli muesli or a few beers on a Saturday afternoon doesn’t matter, because he can do both! I think he will wear out the seats on those stools very quickly!
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl