The Block | Interviews and Q & A’S

By Caesarstone AU,Monday, September 24, 2018

The Block | Interviews and Q & A’S

Apartment 1 Kerrie and Spence - Airy Concrete

 

1. What was most important to you when it came to designing your kitchen, and why?
Functionality. If the kitchen is not well laid out and practical, it is not a pleasure to use or be in.

2. How would you describe your kitchen ‘style’ and what was your inspiration?
Our style probably related to the style of our apartment and the building. We wanted a mature, elegant space that wouldn’t date.

3. What colours and materials have you used to achieve the look – including the benchtop?
The colours and materials we chose were in keeping with the rest of our apartment. We wanted that flow and consistency throughout. We went for ‘Airy Concrete’ Caeserstone for our benchtops and dark cabinetry with woodgrain finishes (Burnushed Wood) as well as Supa Matt Black to break it up.

4. Tell us about your appliances – any standouts?

Choosing Apt 1 was a stroke of genius by Spence, as it contained vouchers from Subzero and Gaggenau. 
We were able to put in the beautiful and extremely well crafted, energy efficient Subzero fridge/ freezer and 150 bottle wine fridge. We also were very fortunate to be able to install 3 ovens, built in coffee machine, pop up extraction fan unit and 900 mm induction cooktop courtesy of Gaggenau. All appliances that you would expect to find in a luxury high end apartment.
Spence’s favourite, was of course the wine fridge! Kerrie’s was the beautiful, highly functional and versatile induction cook top. We are very lucky and extremely grateful to have these stunning appliances in our kitchen, they definitely set our kitchen apart from the competition. A massive Thank You Subzero and Gaggenau!

5. What was the most challenging aspect of designing your kitchen?

Definitely time! No chance to second guess choices or decisions. And the low window at one end of the room!

6. It’s often said that “kitchens sell houses!” How have you made the kitchen a standout room in relation to the rest of the house?
The centre ‘wall of wow’ and the size and shape of the island bench that grounds the space beautifully.

7. Who has your kitchen been designed to appeal to and what are some of your kitchen features that your target market will love?
Our kitchen was designed to appeal to those buyers that love to entertain at home, whether they love to cook for themselves or choose bring in professionals to cater for them and their guests.

8. What advice would you give people who are renovating a kitchen?
Do some research, whether it be in store, on line or rifling through a magazine or 2. Be realistic with what you can afford and the timeline, it won’t happen as quickly as it does on The Block!

 

Apartment 2 Courtney and Hans - Fresh Concrete

1. What was most important to you when it came to designing your kitchen, and why?
Functionality primarily. We wanted to make sure it was a great place to be and an easy space to use. We had to consider a high end buyer so duplicate appliances were a must.

2. How would you describe your kitchen ‘style’ and what was your inspiration?
Our design style is modern and elegant. We really didn’t have anything locked in until we had the in store consult at Freedom Kitchens. Once we saw the samples it was easier to get our head around what we wanted.

3. What colours and materials have you used to achieve the look– including the benchtop?
We used white Attica Ceasar stone for the bench tops and splashbacks. We used Battalion and oyster grey to set the main panelling the. We then used Champagne cabinetry to bring in a design difference and a look of elegance.

4. Tell us about your appliances – any standouts?
We used Bosch appliances to deck out our kitchen. We loved the integrated oven/ microwave combo as well as the coffee machine. We duplicated where we could including ovens, fridges and dishwashers.

5. What was the most challenging aspect of designing your kitchen?
We struggled with the layout of our kitchen. We toyed with the idea of moving it numerous times but after several meetings with the architect, we decided to leave it as per the floor plans. Having a support beam smack bang in the middle of the space was also challenging.

6. It’s often said that “kitchens sell houses!”How have you made the kitchen a standout room in relation to the rest of the house?
We decided to have to kitchen as it’s own space rather than having an open plan feel. I like that it’s a seperate area and has a spacious butler’s pantry attached. The champagne panelling works in really well with the entire apartment theme and design.

7.  Who has your kitchen been designed to appeal to and what are some of your kitchen features that your target market will love?
Our kitchen has been designed to appeal to our target market of a double income, professional couple who have want to be able to entertain with ease. We love the layout using the design of a triangle to make sure the kitchen is functional. You can reach the fridge, cooktop and sink within 3 steps of each other. There’s a huge prep area central to all kitchen zones. We really love the butler’s pantry.

8. What advice would you give people who are renovating a kitchen?
I’d say look at magazines and online sites for design inspo. Take note of what you like. And don’t rush! A luxury we didn’t have. Once you know what you want, draw out a basic outline and get the experts to help with the rest!

 

Apartment 3 Sara and Hayden - Statuario Nuvo

1. What was most important to you when it came to designing your kitchen, and why?
Most important was functionality and storage. As well as the actual style. We wanted something that we knew our target market would love.

2. How would you describe your kitchen ‘style’ and what was your inspiration?
Our kitchen is not only an entertainers kitchen but also a timeless and glamorous Kitchen that will never date. Our inspiration came from our style which was modern with subtle nods of history that came from the building.

3. What colours and materials have you used to achieve the look – including the benchtop?
Benchtop is caesarstone in statuario nuvo
Matt black cabinetry with matt black handles
Gloss white cabinetry with brass handles
Mirrored kickers to give the illusion the kitchen is floating

4. Tell us about your appliances – any standouts?
I love the fact I have 2 full conventional ovens, 1 microwave oven and 1 steam oven. Ours definitely caters for the people who love to entertain!
We also have a coffee machine as well as steam draw. We are the only apartment with 4 ovens.

5. What was the most challenging aspect of designing your kitchen?
Lucky for us we had such a big space that allowed us to play around with the positioning, not only that but we also have a hidden butlers pantry with plenty of storage so we really didn’t have any challenges, just bonuses.

6. It’s often said that “kitchens sell houses!” How have you made the kitchen a standout room in relation to the rest of the house?
The kitchen is the heart of the home and we definitely created a space where the entire family can enjoy. We have the extra beach seating under the window and a benchtop big enough for 4 people. The way our kitchen is positioned allows for people to easily communicate with each other across the room. Not only that but it doesn’t encroach on the living and dining room. this is essential when it comes to apartment living because you want to be able to create
a bigger sense of space. 

7. Who has your kitchen been designed to appeal to and what are some of your kitchen features that your target market will love?
Our kitchen was made for the entertaining family or professional couple. They will definitely love the hidden butlers pantry with all that storage and extra dishwasher as well as the 4 ovens.

8. What advice would you give people who are renovating a kitchen?
Make sure you really take the time on the design and the functionality of the kitchen. You don’t want anything that will go out of fashion quickly. You need to know what you want so we would suggest to write down the list of absolute must haves in your kitchen so you don’t forget to put everyday things in, like bins.

 

 

Apartment 4 Norm & Jess - Statuario Maximus

1. What was most important to you when it came to designing your kitchen, and why?
That it felt amazing! We knew that the other penthouse had city views and we had the larger terrace. So the kitchen had to be incredible and IT WAS!
2. How would you describe your kitchen ‘style’ and what was your inspiration?
Timeless, elegant and something you’d be proud to be in. We don’t really have a style, we just see something we love and we go for it. W’ll call the style JORM because it’s a mix of what we both like. 

3. Tell us about your appliances – any standouts?
The ovens are amazing! To have a microwave and oven combined is incredible! We have heated up a few bits of pizza from the pizza shops across the road in those microwaves and they have an even heat! 

4. What was the most challenging aspect of designing your kitchen?
Trying to create luxury that would be fitting of a penthouse. The buyers advocates loved our kitchen! We feel that the kitchen is what is going to sell our apartment for us and we are so grateful to the freedom team for guiding us through it. We obviously had no idea what we were doing, and had to design our kitchens so early in the piece. So if we can have the buyers choice based on the kitchen… we only have the genius of freedom to thank for that.
5. It’s often said that “kitchens sell houses!” How have you made the kitchen a standout room in relation to the rest of the house?
I think the kitchen screams I AM FABULOUS AND IM WORTH A FORTUNE!  We couldn’t be happier

6. What advice would you give people who are renovating a kitchen?
Go with your gut. You don’t have to have a style. You don’t have to go with a trend because trends come and go. Create something timeless that you will love. 
 

Apartment 5 Bianca & Carla - Cloudburst Concrete

 

1. What was most important to you when it came to designing your kitchen, and why?
Functionality primarily. We wanted to make sure it was a great place to be and an easy space to use. We had to consider a high end buyer so duplicate appliances were a must.

2. How would you describe your kitchen ‘style’ and what was your inspiration?
Our design style is modern and elegant. We really didn’t have anything locked in until we had the in store consult at Freedom Kitchens. Once we saw the samples it was easier to get our head around what we wanted.

3. What colours and materials have you used to achieve the look– including the benchtop?
We used white Attica Ceasar stone for the bench tops and splashbacks. We used Battalion and oyster grey to set the main panelling the. We then used Champagne cabinetry to bring in a design difference and a look of elegance.

4. Tell us about your appliances – any standouts?
We used Bosch appliances to deck out our kitchen. We loved the integrated oven/ microwave combo as well as the coffee machine. We duplicated where we could including ovens, fridges and dishwashers.

5. What was the most challenging aspect of designing your kitchen?
We struggled with the layout of our kitchen. We toyed with the idea of moving it numerous times but after several meetings with the architect, we decided to leave it as per the floor plans. Having a support beam smack bang in the middle of the space was also challenging.

6. It’s often said that “kitchens sell houses!”How have you made the kitchen a standout room in relation to the rest of the house?
We decided to have to kitchen as it’s own space rather than having an open plan feel. I like that it’s a seperate area and has a spacious butler’s pantry attached. The champagne panelling works in really well with the entire apartment theme and design.

7.  Who has your kitchen been designed to appeal to and what are some of your kitchen features that your target market will love?
Our kitchen has been designed to appeal to our target market of a double income, professional couple who have want to be able to entertain with ease. We love the layout using the design of a triangle to make sure the kitchen is functional. You can reach the fridge, cooktop and sink within 3 steps of each other. There’s a huge prep area central to all kitchen zones. We really love the butler’s pantry.

8. What advice would you give people who are renovating a kitchen?
I’d say look at magazines and online sites for design inspo. Take note of what you like. And don’t rush! A luxury we didn’t have. Once you know what you want, draw out a basic outline and get the experts to help with the rest!

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