Standard Metricon kitchen – what does it look like?

Kitchens are by far the most read part of this blog. And I’ve had a few offline questions about this very important room!

So lets indulge a little more. How do you decide to design your kitchen? What comes as standard?

standard kitchen

island standard

Firstly, none of the amazing images you see from the M marketing team, or on any blog for that matter, are standard kitchens.

The standard kitchen is very basic. The designs or schematics above show you the cut n paste that comes as part of your draft plans.

Depending on the house you choose, there will already be a base-line kitchen configuration. This just a starting point. You can pretty much do what you want within the existing walls.

As a rough guide, the M team work on a provisional sum of around $6,000 on top of the base price for the generic kitchen upgrades that most people consider.

One of your appointments – cabinetry – is your chance to work with a kitchen design guru who will help you get the most out of the space.

You are not alone. You get some very custom work at this point. Just be careful to keep in mind that cabinets – as great as they are – can get quite expensive quite quickly.

The fridge cavity also came as standard in our design, so we left that alone. All we did was upsize the size of the cavity to fit a larger fridge if needed (we added 50 cm to the height and width)

Our base kitchen came with an L shaped kitchen, but that didn’t suit the way we wanted to use the space so we removed the L and replaced it with a large floating island bench.  We chose the largest island possible for our space, within the constraints of a single cut stone (no joins) and the maximum allowed overhang for stools and ease of sitting.

We put overhang on two sides so there will be plenty of seating room should the bench become a poker den or a mass tomato sauce up party or pasta making party.

Our package did not include a splashback, so we went with a feature window. We did add some feature tiling to the areas around the window for some added detail. A number of packages include a glass/tiled splashback.

Also the base kitchen configuration – for us – was a little cramped and the drawers and cupboard were a little small and not overly usable. So we pretty much custom designed each cupboard and drawer (oversized).

The benchtop standard was a very limited laminate range of category one. I’d be surprised if anyone finds too much in that list that is okay. The good colours – and range – really kick in at category 2.

After much debate, we decided to go for a feature piece of stone at 50mm. We cheated on the stove/sink side and only used a 20mm piece of stone. In the butler’s pantry, we cheated even more with a laminate that is the identical colour of the stone (but hidden away and hard to tell it is).

The big decision is trying to work our where your hot workspace, water and cold workspaces will be. We decided to have the sink and stove off the island so we have a large clean bit of real estate to work with.

Cabinet choices:

  • Laminates (standard or upgrade)
  • 2pack
  • Vinyl wrap

Benchtop choices:

  • Laminate
  • Wood
  • Diamond gloss
  • Stone
  • granite

Cabinet kickers

  • I’m not sure these are a standard. We went with a slightly more expensive kicker that gives the impression that the kitchen bench is floating.

Appliances as standard

  • Canopy exhaust (we upgraded)
  • Stove with built in oven (we upgraded)

Other items as standard that we were happy to accept:

  • Tap
  • Sink
  • handles


Day 137 – Plastering, cabinets, staircase!

Today was site visit day. It was a very big day for us to see the plaster complete, staircase and carcasses all in.  Around 365 days ago we sat in Studio M and chose our house colours of matchbox sized samples. What would these samples look like en mass? Had our taste changed?

From the moment I entered the house I was greeted by the space and proportions that Metricon are famous for; everything felt generous in proportion. The extra high ceilings, wider corridors, taller doorways, all gave as sense of space. The house was light filled and had a beautiful warmth to it, even though it has a long way to go. Okay enough of me, lets see some pictures!

Staircase with feature window and hand rails in. This will eventually have a feature hanging pendant. We are thinking of staining the wood a dark colour.2014-02-22 14.28.25

This is the kitchen reveal. Very early days, but we love it already. The stone template is on the island and is being cut as I type. It is a very super piece of stone and will require 6 blokes to move it! The gaps you can see are for a dishwater and two ovens. Yes, we have gone with two small ovens instead of one big one. Same price, but we felt it gave us more cooking options.

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I love under staircases. This cavity is even more important as it will eventually be a wine cellar. I did a quick calculation and reckon it is good for some 2000 bottles. That is plenty of room!

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Powder room continuing the wooden theme of the kitchen next door.

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Family bathroom cabinets. This is a gorgeous laminate. It will go really well with the saltbush tiles (i hope!). It has a lovely texture to it and very fine stripe.

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Ensure with feature window where a free standing bath will one day live. We have gone with a more aggressive tiger stripe on our cabinets in here to jazz up the bathroom which has a stark white tile wall.

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Super solid front door. Tiffany green. Lovely. Just kidding. We are going with a dark front door in namadji.

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Another shot of the kitchen because I can; and I’m saving you from the other 100 I took!

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View down the hallway to the front door. We have some doors at the end of the hallway to create an air lock to keep the heat in.

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Master bedroom with the balcony stacker doors. This room is huge. I’m thinking to taking up indoor soccer as a result.

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Bedroom windows (facade of house). We added another window (right hand side) as this look out to the beach. You can see the sea from this window which is very exciting. It is also where the robes are so I haven’t yet figured out if the neighbours like nudity – or more specifically – mine!

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So next we have stone benches going in, firebox (!), painters to start next week, then flooring and tiling the weeks after that. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another picture bomb in 14 days or so. The last batch of cladding arrived too, so the front of the house will be done (they ran out of cladding at the factory!)

My kitchen rules!

The hub our house and the love of our world. We decided to spare no expense on the kitchen. Sure it might be laminates everywhere else in the house but the kitchen is the focal point.    

kitchen sketch

We’ve gone for a large island bench. It is 1380 wide, 2450 long and 60mm chunky stone. We’ve added a big deep storage cupboard to the island bench to hide all the living room junk! The kitchen has a nice overhang on two sides for lots of stools and island bench dinner parties.  We added a shelf to the island bench to break it up a a bit as it is a very imposing structure. It just softens it a bit.

We have pushed the bench out into the living and dining area a bit to give the bench some room for foot traffic.

The kitchen bench will feature three glass pendant lights, of which we are still finalising.

We moved the sink from the island to make it a more usable space. That means the sink, stove, dishwasher are all in a row.  Not the dream kitchen triangle of fridge, sink and stove. Time will tell.

We’ve gone a glass window splashback. It turns out this option is cheaper than tiling or a glass splashback. Good news because we think these windows to the garden are sensational. Hard to keep clean, but how good do they look.  Off white tiles adorn the sides of the sink and stove area.

The overhead cupboards are just a long row of off white. We’ve integrated the range hood as well. We’ve added a bulkhead above the cupboards so they don’t just stop and hang in mid air.

We’ve gone for oversized drawers where possible as the standard ones are just annoying. I’m a drawer stuffer sort of person, so I like to toss and never have another drawer jam ever again!

The walk in pantry is massive so that will be the main storage larder area. It will also house all appliances ready-to-go on a workbench on one side and shelves on the other.  I like storing sacks of coffee beans, grains, olives, preserves, so a large pantry was a must.

We have gone with twin 60cm electric ovens. We looked at a big monster oven, but we’ve had one of those before and only used it to full capacity a few times. The new trend seems to be two ovens for maximum usefulness. I like this trend. I like the functionality of dual cooking.

We’ve also upgraded the exhaust fan range hood to a super monster unit that will ensure our house doesn’t smell like a kitchen. We went the maximum litres of circulation we could afford. It also sends the air outside, rather than into the roof cavity.

We’ve gone an integrated dishwasher because it was not much more.

I purchased all appliances through Metricon. Of the four appliances, only one could be found $80 cheaper – a clearance model from a deep discount online retailer.  Metricon also manages the install as well. Well worth it. I’m not sure why people do appliances themselves. Worth getting a quote to see whether the saving is really there.

Remove the black handles – and stove from the bench – and this is sort of the look. Oh, and our bench will also run long ways.

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