We wanted to share with you the story and images of an Appliance Sales Direct client's renovation. They transformed their 1970's kitchen from brown, dark and dull to light, bright and fantastic.
Helen & Bryan's kitchen renovation - featuring Teka Appliances.
Helen & Bryan moved to Adelaide from Queensland 3 years ago and after renting for a few years decided to purchase a 1930’s bungalow in Colonel Light Gardens. Whilst the home was quite liveable, the 1970’s brown and cream kitchen had to go! This was the impetus for a very substantial renovation which not only included a new kitchen but also involved 2 new bathrooms, dining, entertaining, laundry and outdoor entertaining areas as well as upgrades to the existing 4 bedrooms.
Helen made several calls to Appliance Sales Direct (ASD) during the initial stages to discuss her expectations and to begin the process of comparison to other brands on the market. Budget was a consideration but not the determining factor. She wanted a self-cleaning oven and was pretty certain on using induction although she had not seen them in use. Helen had been used to cooking on gas back home in QLD. Those initial discussions also involved the potential of incorporating a compact appliance but the final selection would depend on the types of meals she would prepare.
ASD proposed the HPL 870 pyrolytic oven and IRS 843 induction cooktop. Helen had plenty of space to incorporate the large cooktop which also now doubles as a bit of a prep area. The oven forms part of a small tower with the matching MCL 32 BIS combi-microwave sitting directly above. Helen felt the combi-microwave offered slightly more useability than the combi-steam oven although the thought of more healthy cooking options meant that the final decision was not an easy one. The black glass look of the Teka ovens and cooktop contrasted nicely with the clean white kitchen and stone benchtops. On reflection the price also played a part as the final renovation was a fraction over budget – so the savings on the appliances we’re a bonus.
Unlike Helen’s old kitchen which was dark and removed from the main entertaining area – the new design was very much open plan. The kitchen includes a large walk-in pantry which has a sliding door to close off the view when not in use. There is an island benchtop which is used solely for meal preparation and socialising. This also allows for the kids to sit and eat around it and provides an unobstructed view to the living area and outdoor entertaining area. Directly behind the island is the induction cooktop and wall ovens with plenty of cupboard storage.
Cabinet makers: Kersbrook Kitchens / cabinetry colours: 2-pack ‘off-white’ & ‘Baye’
Renovation designer: Barry Burley / Kitchen designer: Tammy Bray
Builder: Goddard Constructions
Are you happy with the design?
"Yes, for the most part I’m very happy. I just love my walk in pantry, there’s heaps of storage space and additional bench space for the little appliances such as coffee machine, toaster etc, so these can be left out all the time. My induction cooktop is fantastic – I would never go back to gas! The glass is so easy to keep clean but there’s just so much room, I can have plenty of things bubbling away. I also like the fact that we chose not to have a sink in our island – it’s made that space a great little entertaining spot." - Helen
What would you change?
"We put a lot of time and thought into the design from the start and to be honest what was delivered is on the money. Having lived with the kitchen for a number of months now there’s only a couple of things I would change. One would be the splashback, glass splashbacks are never true to colour so I would probably go with plain white or go with some coloured tiles. The other would be to place some extra down lights under the overhead cupboards. This would give a more uniformed look with the rest of the kitchen and you can never have enough light when you’re cooking." - Helen
We'd like to thank Helen & Bryan for sharing the amazing transformation of their kitchen and for choosing Appliance Sales Direct to supply their appliances.