Kitchen of the Week: Rustic Character for the Cromwell Holiday Home on a Rail Trail

This new kitchen in a vacation home next to the Otago rail track in Cromwell was designed by Stefan Sonntag to reflect the historic nature of the setting.

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This new kitchen in a vacation home next to the Otago rail track in Cromwell was designed by Stefan Sonntag to reflect the historic nature of the setting.

There is a wonderful architectural tradition in central Otago: houses often feature steeply pitched roofs, local shale stone, and exposed timber, all of which suit both the climate and the landscape.

This holiday home next to the railroad tracks in Cromwell, with vineyards all around, has contemporary country character in abundance. But it wasn’t always that way, says designer Stefan Sonntag of Masterwood Joinery in Cromwell.

“The house was built in 2004, and when it was sold the new owners had the interior hollowed out. There was nothing inside when we arrived to design the kitchen – we started from scratch.

With its feet in solid American white oak, the 4m long island looks like a piece of furniture.  Sliding doors open onto a lawn and the lake.  The shale chimney is visible on the left.

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With its feet in solid American white oak, the 4m long island looks like a piece of furniture. Sliding doors open onto a lawn and the lake. The shale chimney is visible on the left.

“The owners wanted a warmer, country-style feel to match the location – they have a townhouse in Christchurch that looks completely different.

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Sonntag says they also had strong ideas on the layout: “They wanted the little bar above the two wine cellars next to the sliding doors that open onto the lawn and the lake – that was really important. . And they asked for the log (oak) at the end of the island.

The owners specifically requested the two wine refrigerators with the oak bar above and the butcher's block.

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The owners specifically requested the two wine refrigerators with the oak bar above and the butcher’s block.

With a length of 4 m, the wooden island is a central element. It was designed to look like a cabinet with solid American white oak legs – “the owners didn’t want a heavy kick.”

Door and drawer fronts and island panels are 19mm Prime Art plank oak in rustic style. These are combined with 20mm Caesarstone fresh concrete worktops.

In contrast, the anthracite cabinets along the wall are in Laminex Acrylic in Cinder Matte. Sonntag says the interior of the carcass matches, so when the doors are open, the interior is the same color.

Stefan Sonntag says the country character of Cromwell's renovated home is

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Stefan Sonntag says the country character of the renovated Cromwell House is “completely different” from the owners’ house in Christchurch.

The cabinets along the wall are in anthracite with copper handles.

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The cabinets along the wall are in anthracite with copper handles.

The designer says the splashback tiles were deliberately chosen to provide a neutral background that wouldn’t stand out.

But there’s more to cooking than rustic matte finishes. The tiles are shiny, there are polished copper handles on the cabinetry, and the large hood shines positively – the perfect counterpoint to the large shale fireplace in the open plan living space.

Sonntag says the renovation also included the new wood-lined gable ceiling in the room and black steel rods in the exposed steel trusses.

The kitchen of the week is supported by Resene. Find more inspiration in Resene’s kitchen decor gallery.

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