Over the last couple of weeks, Clem Carpentry has been busy in transforming a small outdated kitchen space within a New Farm apartment into a modern kitchen with all the trimmings. Upon our first consultation with the client we were given a very clear brief of the client’s wishes. This included a complete makeover for the kitchen, taking it from a very simplistic laminate kitchen and giving it new life as a modern industrial-inspired kitchen. The main feature of the new kitchen, explicitly identified by the client, was a dark timber benchtop with good grain and few knots. Other key areas of focus were the upgrading of the oven and cook-top.
The process began with a comprehensive consultation with the client. During this consultation, we assessed the existing cabinetry for its structural viability. As the cabinetry was only five years old the carcass was deemed in a stable condition and able to be incorporated into the new kitchen.
Discussions included the space we had to work with, the desired outcomes of the client and determining the best layout for functionality. Plumbing, lighting and electricals were all discussed during this initial stage to determine whether changes were needed.
A key factor which arose from our consultation with the client was their wish to feature a new timber bench top which extended to the bi-folding windows within the apartment, overlooking a beautiful courtyard next door. The new timber bench had to be a naturally dark timber with minimal knots. Our design expert presented several suitable options within the client’s brief with the final decision being awarded to Australian ‘Blackwood’. This timber was selected for several reasons — its natural beauty, durability and strength. Although the timber starts as a light chocolate colour, it ages well over time in a sunny location to become a rich dark chocolate tone, meeting the client’s exacting wants.
The next stage involved viewing and selecting tiles and splashback to tie the new kitchen together. Holly, our designer, brought several samples for the client to view. With the client having very specific ideas for the overall look, the process of narrowing down the selection was quick and seamless. Final selection went to a glossy emerald green Italian Porcelain tile with a crackle effect. With tapware and a sink to be selected, we were given one clear directive, “no chrome”. Again, this simplified the design and selection process.
After all materials and design had been selected and finalised, we provided the plans to our cabinet maker. With the timber bench-top needing good protection to fulfill its task, our cabinet maker applied DGI Country Oil (a single pack eurothane, specifically designed for bench tops). This was applied in 3 coats for maximum protection. The added benefit of using this product was that it enabled the client to recoat and repair scratches easily in the future, should they occur.
A plinth was required for the new oven to stand on. This was custom built by our cabinet maker, who ingeniously converted this space into a large under oven drawer, creating much needed extra space for storage. Our cabinet maker cleverly shuffled existing cabinetry to ensure it aligned perfectly within the new kitchen layout.
All demolition for the project was completed by Marc (our Lead Carpenter) and Holly (Designer), with the aid of several other crew members as needed.
Once demolition was completed, we could begin to put the new kitchen together.
We started with the new bench top, which continued across under the bi-fold windows of the apartment. This offered the owners a breakfast bar space which, in a small apartment with no designated dining space, was very beneficial.
To tie in with the splashback, new feature black power points were added prior to tiling.
Tiling was installed in a subway brick pattern with black aluminum and black grout to tie it all together.
The plumber fitted all tapware and the new sink.
The final elements consisted of the oven and lighting and all electricals.
There were several other trusted, reliable and expert tradespeople who helped with the project, helping Clem Carpentry to provide another perfect kitchen to our client’s satisfaction. Clem Carpentry work as a team in all the projects we undertake. We recognise that it is only through the combined experience and individual contribution and skill set of each crew member that our workmanship remains such high quality.