New kitchens Gold Coast – more a design than a feeling?
ARE NEW GOLD COAST KITCHEN DESIGNS DIFFERENT FROM EVERYWHERE ELSE IN AUSTRALIA? Corey Mulholland, kitchen designer and project manager with KISK Kitchens Gold Coast, discusses the Gold Coast’s unique lifestyle and atmosphere, and what the owners of homes and investment properties on the Gold Coast could take into account when choosing a new kitchen.
“Many people in Australia watch TV shows like The Block for new kitchen ideas. In some respects, The Block tends to set the benchmark for what aspirational home renovators, and home buyers of course, expect to see in high-end kitchen designs over the coming year,” Corey said.
“There have been several important new kitchen design trends to arise from The Block in 2016. For example, the use of custom-look timber finishes in contrast with pristine white and black surfaces. This is a look we’ve been featuring in some of our more glamorous kitchens on the Gold Coast. It’s bound to become even more popular now that it’s had such wide exposure on TV.”
Butler’s pantries the ‘new normal’ in kitchens
“The idea of having a butler’s pantry is not a fad – it’s here to stay. If The Block is to blame for making the butler’s pantry idea more the norm than the exception, the developers of project homes and new apartments have been quick to incorporate butler’s pantries into their standard designs. Home renovators and people who are intending to renovate for resale in the near future will really need to bear this evolution in mind.”
Pre-loved homes are always competing with new homes on the market. With butler’s pantries now starting to proliferate in average suburban homes as much as luxury ones, any newly-renovated home without a butler’s pantry could become devalued. To combat this deficit, we’re sometimes annexing some extra space from within the home to deliver the desired butler’s pantry – even if it’s only a small one. We have even turned laundries into a combination Euro-laundry and butler’s pantry with an internal door to the kitchen while still retaining the laundry’s original outdoor access through the back door. It’s a lateral workaround that can work very well.”
Distinct character of new Gold Coast kitchen designs
The new kitchen designs featured on TV shows, in magazines, and online references like Houzz and Pinterest do not always translate well into a Gold Coast lifestyle scenario, according to Corey who has been specialising in the design of Gold Coast kitchens and bathrooms for many years.
“The Block almost always involves the renovation of a building in Melbourne, which has a totally different climate and lifestyle to the Gold Coast,” Corey said.
“It’s much more common for homes on the Gold Coast to have a pool, for example, and even apartments will usually have some significant balcony or terrace area for outdoor entertaining. On the Gold Coast, unlike Melbourne, households can make full use of an open flow between the kitchen, dining, and living and outdoor entertaining areas all year round.”
“This great difference in lifestyles has an influence even on flooring choices for Gold Coast kitchens. Our clients will often choose tiles for easy-care flooring, particularly where household members and guests are accessing a pool outside, whereas in the capital cities of the south it is much more common to choose hardwood floors or even floating floorboards which are definitely not suitable for exposure to moisture.”
White kitchens Gold Coast are ever-popular
Aside from lifestyle considerations, the lighting conditions on the Gold Coast are very different from cities like Sydney or Melbourne.
“Gold Coast residents enjoy many more days of sunlight than people living further south. It’s a brighter, bolder quality of light too. While accent colours come and go in popularity over the years, and are relatively easy to update just by replacing a coloured splashback or whatever, by far the most popular colour chosen for new kitchens on the Gold Coast is white. I think it’s very safe to say that all-white kitchens, on the Gold Coast at least, will never go out of style.”