Their kitchen vision was that of a large, fully appointed butler’s pantry, which when in use could be closed off from the main kitchen. This would keep noise levels down in the living area and prevent cooking odours from travelling through the home.
The Tams formulated several aspects of the design themselves but called in Warren Smith from Kitchen Craft to add his expertise. They had worked with Warren before, enjoyed the process and appreciated the outcomes.
Part of the house was extended 3m on the west-facing wall to accommodate the butler’s pantry measuring 2.7m x 3m.
It includes a double oven, five-ring gas burner, a powerful extractor fan, dishwasher, washing machine and a wall of windows that takes in views across the valley.
The Tams planned one door leading into the pantry from the kitchen (this is spacious too at 4.1m x 3.1m) and two walls of glass partitioning the two spaces. But Warren was concerned that pantry occupants would feel like fishes in a bowl.
He suggested adding a wall where the pantry meets the family room and installing two cavity sliders instead of one so when not in use for cooking the pantry would be easily accessible for its other functions. In addition, the glass wall between the pantry and the kitchen has a shug window (inspired by a visit to Burger Fuel), which opens up the cooking zone.
Large fridges are essential in busy households but with pantry space at a premium, the Tam cooks share the large four-door Electrolux fridge/freezer in the kitchen, which is in easy reach of the pantry.
The laundry-in-the-kitchen concept is mostly a northern hemisphere concept but it works superbly for the Tams. The laundry is now closer to the clothesline and the homeowners say it’s much easier having washing facilities on the same level as the bedrooms.
Kitchen cabinetry has been taken to the ceiling, enhancing the sensation of height. Bamboo was chosen for the flooring in the main kitchen area, which has a generous sized peninsula bar and appliance station, both in granite. The cook top is an induction hob and there’s space for an extra dishwasher.
New stacker sliding doors open out to an expansive deck area to make outdoor dining as easy as it is indoors.