Paula Cremer of Kitchen Classics was the designer for this beach holiday home kitchen. She shares her insights on what it was like to create a new kitchen masterpiece in an existing space.
What was your first impression of this kitchen when you received the contract?
I loved the concept! The modern sleek clean lines with a mix of colours and different textures that complimented the rest of the house. Stunning open plan home with exceptional views.
How prescriptive was your client for their kitchen design?
Bernadette knew exactly what she wanted. It needed to be tasteful and be very much the focal point of the downstairs area. We were on the same page from the beginning which made it a fun and exciting project for me to be involved in.
How did you manage to implement their ideas with your creative flair and insight?
In keeping with the modern clean lines I made the kitchen completely handleless using touch catches and integrated appliances. The use of the high gloss finishes, wood veneer elements as well as the Shitake and Snow White Caesarstone colours all complimented each other.
What were the challenges that you faced in designing this kitchen and how did you overcome them?
As you walk through the front door you are greeted with the most magnificent view and you look down onto the kitchen area. So this needed to be stylish yet fully functional and being very open plan it had to flow with the rest of the downstairs. The kitchen needed to compliment the family’s lifestyle with dining, bar/ braai and living areas all in one room.
Were you intentional in trying to incorporate new trends into your design?
Yes … the use of high gloss cabinets and no handles gave the kitchen a seamless, sleek look; the Snow White Caesarstone running down the side panels of the kitchen counters with the custom-made Snow White Caesarstone prep bowl; and the integrated fridge and freezer with recessed handle detail, in keeping with the clean lines. The classic grey mirrored wall gives an added “texture” and reflects the lounge area.
Could you point out to us some of your design elements in the kitchen?
The island has a shadow line detail and a ‘floating” feel with recessed plinth and LED lighting for added affect. I used a ceiling extractor which is housed in a simple feature with glass frame running along the bottom, very sleek and stylish.
What is your favourite aspect of this kitchen?
I love the simplicity… with the all the different finishes matched with state-of-the-art appliances and beautiful wooden flooring. The colours and textures definitely compliment the other areas. Its tasteful luxury living at its best.
Were you surprised to be one of the eight finalists?
Yes, very! It was an awesome surprise, I could not believe it and only entered at the last minute! Thank you so much - what an absolute honour.If you’re renovating or building a new kitchen, make sure you visit www.caesarstone.co.za to pick out your perfect Caesarstone countertops for the kitchen design of your dreams! What were your favourite elements of this kitchen design? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to enter the incredible Kitchen of the Year viewer competition each week!