I love a terrace house. The classic details, high ceilings, fireplaces and petite outdoor escapes- they get my heart racing! Terraces are my favourite pieces of Australian historical architecture, which is why I choose to focus specifically on updating terraces to suit our modern lives.
One of the biggest challenges of living in a terrace can be the small footprint- but i choose to see this as an opportunity when it comes to renovating! The petite size affords you, terrace dweller, the chance to use premium, luxurious materials over more economical choices required in larger spaces. Marble benchtops, fine joinery details and handcrafted lighting are all within reach in your renovation. The expansive beach houses and suburban spreads must consider materials carefully to keep costs in line. But not you, charming terrace house! You can have the very best of everything because you need less of it!
In the spirit of treating yourself, Here is a roundup of my favourite luxe benchtop and cabinetry materials for kitchens and vanities along with some inspiration!
A classic choice- natural stone is my first choice for a classic kitchen. The subtle variations mean that your slab is alway truly unique to you and your home, but always plays well with a wide range of colours and other materials.
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A 70’s classic that has come back in a big way, Terrazzo is hard wearing and built to last. With endless variations and the possibility of customising your very own blend, Terrazzo can be either whisper quiet or a big, bold statement.
For those looking to live outside the box, brass can offer two very different looks. Brass can be earthy and organic when allowed to naturally patina over time- my solid brass bathroom taps have evolved over the last few years and are now a dark bronze with green splotches throughout from oxidation. Alternatively, if appropriately lacquered, brass can remain as shiny as the day it arrives. Brass cabinets are achieved by affixing a thin brass panel to a substrate (your cabinet door). Pretty bold, but in these inspiration images, I really like it! What do you think of this look?
Call me crazy, but I think all-chrome kitchens are incredibly sophisticated as well as being quite practical. Because I’m obsessed with all things interiors, I love reading about professional chefs and their home kitchens. They almost all agree that stainless steel is the way to go. I currently have stainless steel at home and though I personally prefer the look of marble, I can’t deny how practical and handy they are for cooking purposes and clean up. The modern way to do stainless steel is to use the material on your cabinetry as well so everything is uniform.
Lastly we have concrete! Tough as tough can be, concrete gives an undeniably industrial look. I used concrete in a kitchen last year and the results were really beautiful and hit my client’s modern rustic farmhouse brief to a t! However, concrete can also look really modern and sophisticated when paired with a minimal colour palette and hand poured in interesting shapes, as Madeline Blanchfield did in her Clovelly project. Though concrete has a reputation for being very durable, it will still reflect stains and spills.
I love a kitchen renovation! About to embark on your own? Get in touch for my expertise in small space and terrace home kitchen solutions. I love finding creative storage solutions to ensure you get the most out of your small space!