The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. I think our kitchen will definitely be the heart of our home. This was our largest focus point (and financial investment) in the initial design stage for many reasons. We are are young family and we wanted a kitchen that was practical, functional, lots of storage and fuss free. That was the number one focus, we had to make it work for us as a family.

We also wanted the kitchen to have a large open servery to our beach facing deck to enjoy the view, be practical and convenient for BBQ’s and outdoor entertaining. The choice of handle free cabinetry was for fuss free cleaning. Let’s face it, with a 5 year old and 2 year old there will be lots of cleaning but with no handles in the way, a quick wipe over will be faster and easier to do frequently. The choice of tongue and groove cabinetry was to keep the cohesive look with the rest of the tongue and groove feature walls throughout the house. I am a lover of all white kitchens but this time I wanted to add some dimension / texture with the tongue and groove. Being a beachfront home, the tongue and groove gives that timeless, classic, relaxed, coastal look and feel. The Caesarstone Frosty Carina bench top was a luxury splurge (our biggest splurge in the whole build) and at this stage I think it is worth every cent. The bench top really compliments the tongue and groove cabinetry.

Another big design focus was our beach front view and to capture the morning sunrises from the kitchen. Our kids are early risers and we will see many sunrises from this kitchen window. Morning sun and warmth in the kitchen was also a must have for us in the design stage.

As a family we all love cooking, baking and entertaining. I’m confident this room is going to give us many memorable memories and will be the heart of our family home.

Here is the kitchen installation progress to date –

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I can’t wait to show you the finished kitchen in a few weeks!

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