A Sensitive and Considered Renovation, by Australian Kitchen Maker Cantilever

Open Japanese wooden shelves, streamlined white cabinets, black steel window frames, cut out drawer handles, compact footprint: this Melbourne kitchen by Cantilever, an Australian company of custom kitchen systems, ticks all of our boxes.

It is owned by artist and former furniture maker Martin Tighe and partner Jennifer. After raising their children in the family compound, a former bottling dairy belonging to Martin’s grandfather, the two decided that it was time to renovate the kitchen to adapt it to their new status of an empty nest.

“So our initial kitchen helped us very well for 23 years, but we are 23 years older, and everything was [under the counter] including our pantry and oven, and it was getting harder and harder to work in this space, ”said Jennifer Cantilever. “We had to kneel when we wanted something!” So we thought we should do a kitchen renovation, and we wanted something a little special, it’s a nice space. ”

The couple hired Cantilever for the project, but asked them to work within the confines of the existing compact footprint. She had served many generations well, after all. Here is an overview of the results:

Photograph of Martina Gemmola via Cantilever’s blog.

Martin and Jennfer - Australian Kitchen Maker Cantilever
Australian Kitchen Maker Cantilever

Above: The Martin and Jennifer family complex includes several buildings connected by a courtyard. Their priority for the project was to keep the original footprint and keep the building intact.
Australian Kitchen Maker Cantilever
Australian Kitchen Maker Cantilever

Above: The couple in their new kitchen. The concrete floors of their old kitchen were simply cleaned and polished. The stools are by Tait.
Cantilever offers four different kitchen systems to choose from. The couple chose their K3 system, the brand & # 8
Above: Cantilever offers four different kitchen systems to choose from. The couple chose their K3 system, the brand’s mid-century line.
Above: “I love the fact that I have a nice set of built-in wooden shelving, which is great for displaying all kinds of rooms,” said Jennifer Cantilever. “I have mid-century teapots and mug sets and things that I can put in and display with changing illustrations, like a mobile display case.

Above: The tiles, in two different sizes, are from Tiento.

Really, should the kitchens be bigger than that?
Above: Really, should the kitchens be larger than that?
The kitchen is open to the dining area.
Above: The kitchen is open to the dining area.

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