A classic white with kitchen with Arts and Crafts features

This kitchen renovation by Neil McLachlan of Neil McLachlan Design aimed to modernise the functionality of the space, and also bring it into alignment with the Arts and Crafts details of the rest of the house. Below, McLachlan explains how they opened up the design to better suit a modern family, while retaining a classic look.

Arts and Crafts Neil McLachlan
‘Crackle’ glaze brick tiles from Heritage Tiles add some Arts and Crafts detail to this Remuera renovation. Photograph by Jackie Meiring.


HOME What was your brief for this space, and how did you go about fulfilling it?
Neil McLachlan, Neil McLachlan Design The brief was to create a more family-friendly space with good storage and flow. We gave the existing kitchen a facelift: we removed tall pull-out pantries which divided and blocked the kitchen from the hall and projected the new bench past cabinetry to provide an overhang for barstools. We kept most cabinetry carcasses and changed the doors to a simple framed profile more in keeping with the house’s Arts and Crafts architectural features and panelling. We changed taps to a more classic look, too.

HOME What was the inspiration for the coloured tiles and the white insets?
Neil McLachlan The renovation of this house involved controlled use of strong colour. The random laying of blue, green and white crackle-glaze brick tiles was a way to add colour and continuity to the décor while being a definite nod to the Arts and Crafts period.

HOME What do you think makes a good kitchen generally?
Neil McLachlan The kitchen is so often the heart and gathering place of a house these days and needs to be a practical, functional space – while looking good and being able to accommodate guests nearby who can converse and interact with the cook without being in the way!

Design details

Tapware Perrin & Rowe tapware.
Tiles ‘Crackle’ glaze brick tiles from Heritage Tiles.
Benchtop Emerald Pearl granite benchtop from Granite Workshop.
Appliance Ilve cooker and rangehood.
Lampshades Lampshades from Ikea, Sydney.
Barstools Replica barstools from Recollections.

Related articles

The poetry of design

Architect Tony Koia let this house take its own form — from the immediate landscape, the views, and the mountains and lake in the distance.

Master built

The success of any project often comes down to the level of collaboration and the working relationships between client, builder and architect. In the same way a well-built home provides a better environment for living, so too does a well run project team produce better outcomes.