BAKERS KITCHEN + PANTRY
At the heart of this renovation is the kitchen, where warm material tones are combined with simple details. The joinery and cabinetry takes shape in hardwood framework, built in a rudimentary overlap fashion this base supports shelving and drawers that are left open and unadorned. One benchtop run is made from tinted fibre reinforced concrete on which the finely cast sink in matching concrete is seamlessly placed, whilst a second work surface drain is formed into the bench itself. The kitchen island bench is a vast platform for the client prepare, cure, preserve and dry produce from the garden and - as a baker by trade - to at times run baking classes out of her home. The wide boards of Birdseye Stringybark appear almost spotted with knots, so busy and full that appears as a pattern, all of which has been meticulously filled and then polished in hardwax.
Next to the Kitchen sits the pantry. These cupboards provide an alternative to a cellar and refrigeration by drawing from the naturally cooled subfloor air. They are designed with hollow core insulated doors, that a three point locking mechanism pulls tight against rubber seals. Inside these cupboards are rows of wire drawers which allow airflow through the cupboards as it is drawn upward by the black metal chimney flue that drawers as it heats. The climate is designed to remain between 7 and 10 degrees creating a steady cool space for a healthy larder.