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Fairfield Update

Clem Carpentry showcases an elegant and exciting update to the kitchen, dining and living rooms of a Fairfield duplex house.

The Brief

Our clients’ cute little duplex is tucked away in the quiet, leafy suburb of Fairfield, Brisbane. They enjoy entertaining, but felt their kitchen was lacking in space and had a tired feel. They asked us to create an enjoyable, inviting space for them to cook and entertain their guests. They also asked us to optimise the space for both storage and food preparation. The dated floor tiles in the kitchen were a particular pain point.

The two rooms the kitchen connects to, the living and dining rooms, also needed freshening.

The general theme sought for the update was: straight lines, modern, clean, comfortable living.


Holly and Marc held a consultation with the clients to discuss their needs and preferences. We asked them to envisage their dream kitchen to better home in on the potential of such an update in all of its many details of.

We measured and carefully assessed the space, experimented with various layouts and worked out how to maximise the space. We produced CAD designs, and a final design emerged.

Design & Fittings: Kitchen

Floor: We decided on blackbutt flooring, as it is an extremely durable timber with a soft blonde colour that fitted well with a neutral palette, adding some warmth.

Cabinetry: We supplied and installed new custom cabinetry from our CAD design with integrated handles. Doors, drawers and all visible panels were 2-pac painted in matt white for durability. The cabinetry was installed to ceiling height, including over the fridge, with a top header. All drawers and doors are soft-close, operating on quality hinges and drawer runners, and spice, cutlery and utensil trays are included. We integrated Hefele rubbish bins and lids to sit flush and out of sight under the cabinet.

A small drawer was inserted under the oven to allow for the storage of oven racks and accessories, and custom racks for frying pans in the cabinet to the right of the oven.

All the new kitchen cabinetry features stainless steel kick-boards.

Kitchen bench and plumbing: We installed a satin stainless steel custom-welded bench top. The oven needed to go against an external wall, so it made sense to keep it where it was. The stainless steel extends along the back wall, creating a 600mm high splashback between the open shelving and the pantry, and abuts the underside of the window architraves along the left-hand side window walls. A double stainless steel Oliveri sink was integrated into the new stainless steel bench with seamless joints. The plumbing under the sink was carefully positioned in such a way to allow for extra shelf space within these lower cupboards.

New Cabinet Unit, Dining Room

To gain even more kitchen bench space, we built a new separate unit, also in blackbutt with heavy-duty castor wheels, and positioned it opposite the dining table. This space is perfect for cookbooks, and also serves as a nook for storing small practical items such as mobile phones and tablets.

Within this unit is a rollaway buffet, which cleverly provides the clients with the extra bench space they need for entertaining. It features a Caesarstone quartz top, so not only does it function well, it looks beautiful. A fixed shelf component above the Caesarstone top allows for a permanent display area when the cabinet is detached. Three shallow drawers and doors backing the lower shelving area feature soft-close and integrated handles.

Living Room Update

The old windows and doors, which were painted cottage green, were removed from throughout the kitchen, dining and living rooms. We upgraded them with custom-manufactured modern windows and doors in black. The room received a fresh coat of paint with Dulux Vivid White on the walls and Dulux Ceiling White for the ceiling. We replaced the skirting boards and architraves with a more modern three-step profile cornice, and painted them with Dulux Vivid White – Gloss.


Blackbutt connects the update to all three rooms, and the lighting was updated across all three spaces to highlight and complement the neutral palette with warmth. The spaces are integrated and refreshed, and space has been cleverly found and optimised. The clients are delighted at the enhancement to their lifestyle and entertaining.

Contact us today to discover how Clem Carpentry can transform your kitchen, dining, living and entertaining spaces to exceed your dreams.