The cabinetry presented the Birman’s with one of their biggest challenges. Having designed the new kitchen themselves, Greg and Nika were keen to upcycle and reuse the existing Omega cabinets but at the same time completely change the layout of the kitchen.
They liked the existing Shaker cabinetry, so the idea was to completely remove the suspended high-level cabinets as well as the peninsula units and the existing sink. This allowed them to open up the space to more light and reposition the new Shaws sink to be under the window. The suspended cabinets, once unreachable, were cleverly repurposed for use as a vertical serving cabinet, while the peninsula was converted into an island. With these bold changes, the couple maintained all the storage space they needed, whilst adding more square footage to the kitchen and bringing in a lot more precious, natural light. The pure whiteness of the Shaws Double Bowl sink inspired them to choose countertops that were as white as possible to make the transition between the two as seamless as possible. The sink was embellished with a beautiful and contemporary Polished Brass tap by Perrin & Rowe to create a heightened sense of luxury.
In addition, the homeowners stained the wooden floors darker to blend with the cabinets, painted the walls white, added a herringbone tiled backsplash, and replaced the microwave with a low-profile Smeg range hood. Finally, they replaced the outdated chrome cabinetry hardware with brushed brass pulls from Emtek to bring out the rich walnut colour of the cabinets.