Our Hampton’s Style Kitchen Part One

our classic coastal and ‘oh so hamptons’ kitchen renovation: the design and destroy process…

Whilst I believe my greatest DIY success aesthetically and relative to price is our small bathroom renovations, in terms of structural design it’s unquestionably our new Hamptons style kitchen. In one of my upcoming blog posts I will discuss budget allocation based on your lifestyle, design requirements etc and this could not be more relevant when discussing our kitchen. Our kid’s toilet and guest bathroom underwent a cost effective, non-structural, aesthetic renovation by me of course, allowing the vast majority of our capital to be injected straight into our kitchen. And that it was.

I have a wonderful and loving partner who generously allowed me to take the reigns on this project as A) kitchen design is not really his thing and B) He trusts me. I selected a company called Juro Design to quote purely because they were a local business (that’s important to us) and featured shaka style kitchens on their website. After a positive experience meeting Roland I was happy to proceed however I did receive a second quote to confirm my predictions on price.

The two images below are the original kitchen and if I say so myself, it looks pretty damn good for 18 years old! The first photo I found from the original real estate listing when we bought the house and the second photo I took myself whilst inspecting the property prior to purchase.

kitchen before full renovation services page
Tanawha kitchen before renovation
Original photo of the kitchen
First kitchen design by Juro

the slowly evolving design process…

After a long and detailed initial discussion with Roland I knew it would take months designing and perfecting every little detail of our kitchen – here was the first drawing.


Ok, so we were a little far from perfect. I went on an internet rampage courtesy of Google images finding photos of beautiful kitchens and writing down all my wants, needs and goals for our new kitchen. I think it’s important you have a pretty good gasp on what it is exactly you want to achieve both from a design and practicality perspective and of course aesthetically. Here is short snippet of my “goals” list when designing our kitchen.

We are a family of 5 plus two large dogs so these items were non-negotiable:

  • A large stone benchtop to cater for the masses with lots of work space.
  • Generous room between the back wall and island bench for foot traffic.
  • A considerable size pantry stocked to the brim with food for the adults, kiddlets and dogs.
  • 2 large bins.
  • Loads of cupboard space for the kids to shove things when I’m not looking.
  • A big oven and cooker to cater for our big parties!

Aesthetically I wanted a classic coastal, Hamptons style look that would do justice to our aging home. This would include all the lovely details that a traditional Hamptons kitchen would have – turned legs, the mantelpiece and ledge, decorative mouldings, feature corbels, traditional style cabinetry and handles. I also wanted serious wow factor and loved the idea of floor to ceiling cabinetry across the entire back wall – stunning!

kitchen details, ideas, inspirations and photos
Stack of ktichen magazines

designing continued…

Fast forward a month or so and I had created the traditional, Hamptons style kitchen I desired that would do perfect justice to our beautiful and grand old home. Both my partner and I were completely 100% happy with the design and I really believe this is key when renovating. If you have any uneasy feelings or negative intuition with the design or any element of your renovations, I feel it’s super important you figure out exactly what it is you’re unhappy with and resolve it. If it’s for your own home it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get right, you’ll thank yourself later.  Here are the approved final drawings right before the kitchen was ripped out.

Final kitchen design by Juro
Final kitchen design by Juro

highlights, details and design features…

There are many little details and highlights I love about our kitchen, however I have listed the most important from a design and practicality perspective and of course aesthetically.

  • The wide, detailed legs around the island bench allowing room for barstools (very important as we chose not to have an informal dining table – the island bench simply IS our dining table!
  • The framing (or mantel piece) around the stove looks like a piece of furniture with the turned legs, detailed mouldings, matching cabinets to the island bench, feature corbels and a gorgeous mantel ledge.
  • Floor to ceiling cabinetry to emphasise our stunning 3 meter ceilings.
  • Relocating the fridge into the space previously utilised by an old phone desk.
  • Moving the cooker into the middle of the room allowing a symmetrical flow from wall to wall.
  • Removing the window all together (much to my partners disapproval).
  • Due to moving the fridge, we lost a considerable amount of room in the existing pantry. However, I managed to make up for it by adding push to open cupboards in the front of the island bench, cabinets and drawers either side of the cooker and a sneaky little, full height pantry where the window was. Perfect!
  • Instead of tiling the splash back standard height from the bench to the overhead cupboard, I not only extended the splash from top to bottom of the entire wall, I also tiled the adjoining wall to create a seamless look for the kitchen.
old phone desk in kitchen
The old phone desk (minus a couple of drawers) where the fridge would be relocated.
new placements of the fridge and pantry in kitchen
Excuse the Energy Rating sticker - the new placement of the fridge.
before tile detail kitchen
The glue shows where we originally planned on tiling the splashback
tile detail in new kitchen
And here's where the tile splash ended up! It finishes the entire back wall of the kitchen.
original kitchen window
The original window and corner detailing
kitchen cabinetry installation
The cabinetry installation
full length pantry, cupboard space where window was
The space now has a full length pantry and a small bench height cupboard to keep tea, coffee and the kettle out of sight.
talostone stone bench top
Now that's a piece of stone! It's bigger than the tray of the truck.

then came the #destruction…

Can you believe this happened in half a day? The boys started at 7am and by smoko our house looked like this! Craziness.

empty shell of kitchen
Where did the kitchen and pantry go? Arghhhh...

kitchen part two coming soon…

In two weeks’ time I’ll post Part Two of our Kitchen Renovation. In this article I’ll discuss the hurdles jumped in regards to the design itself, timing and general problems that pop up during a renovation. I’ll also list the fixtures and finishes selected and why, AND the final photos of our beautiful “Oh So Hamptons”, classic coastal kitchen.

I’ll leave you with this – how many men does it take to install and glue a 20ml piece of stone vertically against a wall? Apparently 5! Poor things, they certainly worked for their dollars that day! 🙂

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installing the stone splash back in kitchen
Installing the stone splashback - not as easy as one thinks!