Kitchen with island in a dream holiday home
15/ 03 / 2021
The owners of this single-family holiday home, built on a slope on the Costa Brava, wanted to kit it out with a spacious, comfortable and practical kitchen that would make tasks easier and increase interaction among users.
Fully connected interiors and exteriors
The building consists of two superimposed bodies, with the upper one slightly set back in comparison with the lower one. This difference in volumes is instrumental to two of the most characteristic features of the home: the continuous balcony on the upper floor, which runs along all its rooms, as well as the porticoed area on the ground floor, where the link between interiors and exteriors is at its greatest.
The entrance to the house is through the deck, to get around the slope of the terrain, and the areas have been distributed between both floors according to their purpose. Thus, the hall and the private areas—three bedrooms and two bathrooms—are found on the upper floor, while the lower floor is where the public areas—kitchen, living room, indoor and outdoor dining rooms, terrace and pool—are found, in addition to a suite and a guest toilet. The stone of the walls that outline the property provide continuity with the façade and columns of the first floor, endowing it with consequence and integrating it into the environment.
The simplicity and precision of the exterior design extend to the interiors, where the rooms are laid out with sobriety and elegance to emphasise the connection between the home and the landscape around it. Thus, aside from light colours, large windows predominate, which enhance the home’s brightness and offer breathtaking views of the sea from any vantage point. The furnishings and the décor feature contemporary elements, which have been carefully chosen to underscore its Mediterranean essence.
A kitchen that serves as the centrepiece
The public area of the house is a large, open area that is shared among the living room, dining room and kitchen, where the different rooms flow together without any partitions or barriers. The kitchen is kitted out with furniture designed by Santos, featuring clean lines and smooth fronts, which seamlessly blend into the architecture and interior design of the entire floor.
The focal point is a large central island, to which the dining table is attached, and which serves as a preparation and cooking area. On its inner side, it has a hob unit and a drawer unit, both with full-extension, large capacity drawers. Its outer side, finished in Rustic Oak, has an open unit with shelves. The worktop has an overhang towards this side, transforming into a counter for snacks or quick meals.
The rest of the furniture is laid out parallel to the island, framed by a partition wall to minimise its impact. It is a composition that holds the washing-up area and kitchen appliances in a compact space. The central part, comprised of three base units, includes the sink unit, integrated dishwasher and a storage unit. There are four wall units with side opening door hanging above them, providing additional storage space. What’s more, the LEDs installed at the bottom provide lighting for the work surface. The row is rounded out with three tall units located at the ends, which hold the fridge, ovens and storage space.
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