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HomeDesignHow Apollo Kitchens Help Turned This 150-Year-Old Church Into a Home with a Stunning Kitchen

How Apollo Kitchens Help Turned This 150-Year-Old Church Into a Home with a Stunning Kitchen

One of the most satisfying things about working in kitchen renovations is helping to deliver someone’s dream kitchen, and completely transforming the space.

Transformation is an understatement when talking about the project that Apollo Kitchens undertook in Carrington, a suburb in Newcastle’s maritime precinct. Designer Jim from our Beresfield showroom was tasked with creating a brand new kitchen, as part of the conversion of a 150-year-old church into a family home. No easy feat, the brief required Jim to balance the desire for modern conveniences and style, while still maintaining the traditional charm that the classic building demanded.

Before – it was hard to envision a kitchen in the space in its original condition!

The end result is this breathtaking kitchen, a result of close collaboration between the homeowners, the builder, and Apollo Kitchens. Perfectly marrying modern touches with classic style, this kitchen features a number of innovative solutions to deliver the brief.

After – an incredible result created in this new family home

A sense of drama was created through use of the “Blackened Linewood” panelling for central cabinetry and the island. This was contrasted by the lighter “New Stainless Steel” in a velour finish for the adjacent cabinetry, drawing focus to the central points of the kitchen and bringing balance to the space. The feature pendant lighting is a perfect finishing touch, adding to the spades of natural light allowed by the racked ceiling sky lights.  

The right wall of the kitchen hides shallow pantries

Storage was another important consideration for the space. The ample floor-to-ceiling cabinetry alongside the right hand wall of the kitchen conceals shallow pantries, providing maximum accessibility and plenty of storage options. The elongated cabinet size accentuates the kitchen’s height. Also contained in these pantries is an integrated ironing centre, creating a multi-function space.

The synergy of ideas from the owners, the builder and cabinet designer have created a masterpiece of modern utilitarianism with a classic look befitting the rebirth of a grand old building.   

Cabinetry was also used to conceal the larger appliances, using integrated fridge and freezer units. This allowed the homeowners’ choice of larger AEG ovens to take focus in the kitchen without distraction. Clever panelling around the cooktop allowed for seamless integration of power outlets without cutting into the stunning “Statuario Nuvo” splashback from Caesarstone.

The inclusion of a butler’s pantry created a secondary space for preparation and storage

Adding to the extensive storage offered by the innovative cabinetry in the kitchen, a separate butler’s pantry was the perfect answer to creating a family-friendly space. Storing small appliances along with crockery and cutlery in a separate area keeps the foraging teenage boys in the home out of key workspaces, and an extra space to prepare or store dishes when entertaining.

Jim’s work on this masterpiece of utilitarian style was recognised by the HIA, shortlisting his design for Kitchen of the Year at the 2018 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing Awards.

The homeowners were rapt with the end result, and this project has joined a list of exceptional work that Apollo Kitchens has delivered.

This is just one of many projects that Apollo Kitchens has worked on, transforming the original space and delivering a beautiful kitchen that will be loved for years to come. 

Get in touch with us to talk about what we can create in your home.

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