Great Kitchen Design & manufacture CAN be affordable

Can great kitchen design be affordable? Of course it can! The best designs are the ones that have really tight parameters as the results become really well thought out and extremely well explored.  Which leaves you with not only a greta looking kitchen design and kitchen fit out but it can also bring affordable returns on your investment.

Below is a Kitchen renovation Minosa was part of a few years back for some wonderful clients in the Eastern suburb's of Sydney - Here is what they had to say;-

Darren and Simona saved us from despair – there is no other way of putting it! We live in a small, single-storey semi, with the kitchen, living and dining areas crammed into one long narrow room. We had wanted a new, contemporary kitchen while also opening up the space available in the room, as well as adding additional storage. This was a big ask, seemingly. Several kitchen design companies had looked, sighed, and consigned us to the too-hard basket - all suggesting that the only solution was to add an extra storey to our home. This was not an option for various reasons. A friend had seen Minosa’s showroom and suggested we ring them. Enter Darren: he didn’t sigh, nor did he shake his head, nor did he express his horror at the chaos of that one cluttered room, as other companies’ representatives had done. “Sure it’s a challenge, but we can do it!” he said. We now have a beautiful room, good enough to have featured in Trends magazine, thanks to Darren and Simona’s excellence in design, and their extraordinary talent for combining form and function in a workable way. It was a joy to work with them and the result is that we love our home. It is still small, but it is also beautiful – and it works for us. We thank Minosa every single day!

Below is the article that appeared in Trends Kitchens - This kitchen was also awarded the  KBDI (kitchen & Bathroom design institute) Medium Sized Kitchen of the Year & Finalist in the overall Kitchen design award for the same year.

Space saver from Renovation Trends volume 2401

Achieving the most from a modest-sized space can be approached on several fronts. Everything from designated cabinet interiors to extended sight lines can gain space, or the illusion of it. However, a well-considered layout presents the greatest opportunity to utilise all available floor areas. 

This small, two-bedroom home has a combined study-kitchen-dining-living space. Interior designers Simona Castagna and Darren Genner were asked by the owner to make the room user friendly, and to gain maximum mileage from the limited area.

"Our first step was to completely reorganise, removing the existing, U-shaped kitchen, which encroached heavily into the room," says Genner. "Instead we ran the new kitchen along one wall, reclaiming the room's central floorspace. We also renovated the adjacent laundry, and the new kitchen's linear benchtop is extended past the door jamb into this area. 

"This creates a mirror image of the kitchen along the laundry wall, allowing the rooms to run together visually. The laundry space proved useful in another way, too, being home to the new pantry."

The original kitchen had not only interrupted the through-flow, it also had dead areas of cabinetry space in the two corners of the benchtop.

"By running the cabinetry along the wall, there are no hard-to-access nooks to contend with," Genner says. "On the contrary, the new cabinetry provides an ally in space utilisation. The aubergine laminate cabinetry features the latest Blumotion organisational interiors. Everything has a specific purpose and this even applies to the end piece – a utility drawer serving the perpendicular bench that the owners use as a desk and computer station."

By using the one wall we really opened up the space

With much space gained by the reconfiguration, the designers were able to extend the benchtop from a depth of 600mm to 750mm. This not only provided additional workspace, it also meant drawers and cupboards below could reach full depth – again maximising storage capacity.

Before Shot - The old kitchen was a really poor use of space

"Overhead, the wooden cabinetry doors open out and up," says the designer. This means someone using the bench can leave these cupboards open without having to constantly dodge them as they work."

Above the wooden cabinets, are white lacquer cabinets that are used for general storage.

"Every aspect of this renovation works to maximise a sense of space," Genner says. "The white, uppermost cabinetry has a reflective sheen that bounces light around the room. Similarly, the back-painted, green glass splashback reflects the garden beyond the windows on the opposite side of the room."

New floors were also laid, matching existing floorboards in the hallway. The new boards continue through the living room into the laundry. The sight line afforded by the layout is accentuated by this extended run of floorboards.

"Even the elongated cabinetry handles add to the impression of a long, linear space," says Genner. "We also integrated the appliances, helping to give the kitchen a furniture-like feel. This was particularly appropriate given the room's diverse uses."

Interior designer : Simona Castagna, Darren Genner, Minosa (Sydney)
Base cabinets : Eggplant laminate
Narrow overhead cabinets : Tasmanian Ash
Tall and top cabinets : Gloss white polyurethane
Splashback : Deco Glace
Benchtops : CaesarStone in Ice Snow
Oven and cooktop : Meile
Ventilation : Quasair
Dishwasher : Fisher & Paykel
Sink : Abey submount Taps Caroma
Wall coverings : Dulux paints
Flooring : Jarrah
Stools : Coma from Kuzu
Lighting : Special Lights 
Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Mark Mawson

Contact Minosa on 02 80909039 or for more information on our affordable kitchen design service; for a free 1 hour in showroom meeting with Darren or Simona call or email above. Could be the most valuable  hour of your entire project!!!

Can great kitchen design be affordable? Of course it can! The best kitchen designs are the ones that have really tight parameters as the results become really well thought out and extremely well explored.


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