Timeless and tasteful kitchen transformation

Timeless and tasteful kitchen transformation

As in many older homes, the layout of the existing kitchen in this Adelaide home just didn’t accommodate today’s way of living.  A long, narrow space combined with some awkwardly placed doorways certainly made for a challenging space, but some out-of-the-box thinking by designer Nathan Wundersitz (SpaceCraft Joinery) paved the way for a wonderful transformation.

Nathan began his space planning by closing off the original kitchen doorway, and creating a direct and welcoming entry to the kitchen via an adjoining study nook. The repositioning of this entry allowed a new and practical connection to the dining and living areas, and a perfect new space for a walk-in pantry.

With the practical planning sorted, Nathan put together a warm and inviting palette: the pure white kitchen was cleverly tempered with beautiful timber battens and the client’s favourite red. The vertical line of the batten feature was repeated in the vertical struts defining the study nook, and screening the space from the front door.

The judging panel of this year’s KBDi Designer Awards loved this kitchen, awarding Nathan the category title of KBDi Designer – Large Kitchens SA and the state award of KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year SA – 2017. Find out what the judges had to say about Nathan’s kitchen here.

See more of Nathan’s work at http://spacecraftjoinery.com.au/.

Design, details and drafting

Design, details and drafting

‘The details are not the details. They make the design.’
Charles Eames

A detail-focussed design professional will be well aware of this famous quote by American designer, Charles Eames. They’ll also know that if the details aren’t documented accurately, their true design intent is unlikely to see the light of day!

Clear, concise and accurate technical drawings ensure your designs aren’t left open to vague interpretation by others. Software like PYTHA 3D-CAD makes the execution of excellent plans easy, but knowing the fundamentals of technical drawing is also essential.

Pytha Partners Australia have shared a simple ‘A-B-C’ method that will ensure your technical drawings are detailed to a tee.

A for Australian Standards

If you’re looking for consistency in your technical drawings, Australian Standards are an excellent reference.  Using the following Standard as a starting point for a quality control checklist will make sure you’re on the right track.

AS 1100.101-1992 (R2014) Technical Drawing General Principles

This Standard sets out the basic principles of technical drawing, including:

  • common abbreviations
  • sizes and layout of drawing sheets
  • types and thicknesses of lines to be used, with examples of their application
  • requirements for distinct uniform letters, numerals and symbols
  • recommended scales and their applications
  • methods of projection and indication of various views (elevations etc)
  • methods of indicating sections, and conventions used in sectioning details
  • recommendations for dimensioning including size and geometry tolerances
  • conventions used for the representation of components

AS 1100.301-2008 Technical Drawing Architectural Drawing is another useful Standard. It’s complementary to AS 1100.101 (above), and indicates methods of presenting drawings of architectural work, before, during and after the construction period. It includes information on additional abbreviations, the layout of drawing sheets, line conventions and conventions for the cross-referencing of drawings, coordinates and grids.

Check your local library for copies of these standards, or visit www.saiglobal.com for more information.

B for Brevity

Many designers and drafties think their intentions will be made clearer by filling their orthographic drawings with notes, but this is not always the case.

Applying the ‘KISS’ theory (keep it simple, stupid!) to your drafting will make for easy-to-read, uncluttered documentation. Consider the following when aiming for brevity:

  • Be consistent with your layouts, linework, dimensioning, abbreviations and symbols (using Australian Standards and your quality control checklist). Avoid large blocks of notes, and embrace white space!
  • Include a legend to explain and/or confirm the meaning of abbreviations and symbols.
  • Back up your plan set up with a comprehensive specification (set out in table format) and an accurate 3D rendering, and you’ll ensure everyone is on the same page, with all the information they’ll need.

C for Clarity

Technical drawing is a method of communication – think of it as a language that everyone should be able to understand. By delivering clear and consistent plans, you’ll be more likely to be understood, and less likely to have to explain your intentions over and over again. To ensure your drawing set comes together in a way that can be clearly comprehended:

  • Plan your drawing set in advance (floor plan, elevations, mechanical/structural plans, sections and 3D renderings). Lead the reader through the set of drawings with clearly set out call-outs (symbols) and references.
  • Plan each individual drawing before getting in to the detail, making sure the layout is clear and logical – don’t be afraid of white space!
  • Consider how the reader will be viewing your plans: will they print them out (A4? A3? A0?) or view them on a big screen monitor or an on-site iPad? Can your drawings be easily read when reduced or enlarged?

The level of flexibility that your software allows will naturally impact upon the above. A quality CAD system like PYTHA will allow you to adjust your setouts and linework and conform with Australian Standards, ensuring the technical drawings you produce are top quality, every time. 

Find out more about PYTHA at www.pythapartners.com.au.

It’s all about the pink grout!

It’s all about the pink grout!

This delightful bathroom by Victorian designer, Stephanie O’Donohue (Smarter Bathrooms & Kitchens), wowed the judges of this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program.

The panel loved the repetition of shape in this small bathroom: from the glossy white penny tiles to the retro white towel rings, tapware and handles, the circular theme has been beautifully detailed.

What really caught their attention, however, was the oh-so-pretty pink grout defining the penny mosaics. The judges admired the designer’s confidence in this application, and said it was ‘delightfully executed’.

The entry earned Stephanie the well-deserved title of KBDi Designer – Small Bathrooms VIC.

See more of Stephanie’s award-winning work, along with that of her colleagues, at http://www.smarterbathrooms.com.au/

HIVE by Laminex

HIVE by Laminex

KBDi Diamond Sponsors, Laminex, hosted a fantastic evening in their HIVE by Laminex showroom on Thursday, 23 November.

Over 70 members and guests took the opportunity to take a tour of the incredible HIVE space. The gallery-inspired venue combines digital and physical experiences to great effect, offering designers an innovative and impressive space to meet with clients for consultations and research.

Laminex’s full portfolio of materials, colour and textures are on show for a truly tactile experience, while touchpads allow a digital approach to identifying your clients design style.

Tap-and-take cards allow designers and clients to build a personalised portfolio of samples, which can then be imported in to Laminex’s Design Your Space app and reviewed in a digital kitchen or bathroom space.

Learn more about this unique Alexandria space at http://www.laminexdesignhub.com.au/hive-by-laminex/.

The ultimate bathroom organisation

The ultimate bathroom organisation

New and exclusive to Lincoln Sentry, the Onda Bathroom range provides complete and functional accessories for the bathroom. Made in Italy by Gollinucci, the refined finishes of the Onda range make it the perfect way to complement the design and functionality of the bathroom.

Available in a white or grey matte finish, the Onda range is made up as kits to suit the following drawer depths; 450mm, 400mm, 350mm and 270mm. Kits come assembled and ready to go straight into the drawer; all that needs to be done is adjust to suit the internal width of the drawer.

Each kit comes complete with a range of accessories, and, depending on the size includes;

  • Small Tray – ideal for make-up brushes and combs
  • Cosmetics holder
  • Small box with lid (different configurations to suit the different sizes
  • Tissue box holder (only available to suit depths of 450mm and 400mm)

Each of these accessories can be removed and repositioned within the frame for handy use. Each solution can be integrated with additional accessories that adapt well to the width and depth of most common type drawers.

In addition to the organizational range, there is also a range of vanity bins for the bathroom. The clean modern design and compact dimensions make these bins suitable for use either inside the vanity or attached to the door with the easy to use mounting bracket. There is an option for either a swivel lid or manual lift off lid, with both available in the grey or white matte finish. Each bin has a capacity of 5L, is easy to install and includes the aluminium door mounting bracket.

Contact Lincoln Sentry on 1300 551 919 for more information.