AN EAST Brisbane interior design company has won an award for the work it has done to the kitchen of a Redland Bay home.
Darren James Interiors won the Housing Industry Association's 2019 Australian Kitchen of the Year award.
An HIA spokesperson said the award acknowledged quality of workmanship in the manufacture and installation of a complete residential kitchen.
The kitchen of the Giles Road property was described by HIA judges as meticulously detailed and installed with precision.
"The quality of workmanship that was evident in every corner of the winning kitchen was a distinguishing feature that caught the judges' eyes," the HIA spokesperson said.
"With an asymmetrical layout adding interest and a balanced contrast between dark and light, the overall aesthetic is industrial but refined.
"A beautiful custom-designed timber island bench sits below an eye-catching pendant assortment, highlighting this exciting centre space within the kitchen and bringing the light and dark hues together."
A Darren James Interiors spokesperson said the owners of the large Redland Bay property had bought the mid-1990s style house with a vision of transforming it.
"The couple in their 60s wanted to create a space in which they could celebrate their retired life, while still maintaining a big focus on crafting entertaining spaces for their large family," the spokesperson said.
"The existing house was quite dated, featuring a lot of 90s-style joinery, flooring and overall colour scheme, however it had an open plan set out and panoramic view over the bay to Stradbroke Island."
The spokesperson said the plan was to create a generous cooking space that opened up to living and outdoor areas.
"Creating flow from the entry of the house through to the kitchen and then out to the outdoor entertainment area was a big focus to capture the external views and maximise entertaining," Darren James Interiors spokesperson said.
"We approached this by repositioning multiple hallways into the kitchen and ensuring a view from all living spaces to the kitchen in the centre of the home.
"The layout of the kitchen was opened up to a gallery style format featuring a large island bench with custom-built table base attached to create casual seating opportunities which overlooked the landscape around."
HIA managing director Graham Wolfe said the Australian Housing Awards recognised the best in Australia's residential building industry.
"HIA is committed to recognising our members who excel in building exceptional homes, kitchens and bathrooms," he said.
"These members are reaching the highest standards in workmanship, are innovative and push the boundaries with design."
Winners were selected from state-based finalists with awards in 22 categories.
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