Beatrix always begins with understanding the client and their individual needs in relation to how they use their kitchen to get the planning, scale and materiality right. “Every family or homeowner is different and it’s important to design for their requirements,” she explains. “It not only needs to look great but the function of the kitchen is critical. The kitchen needs to be designed for optimal function and maximum efficiency for cooking, gathering, entertaining and dining.”
The foundation of the kitchen design is usually shaped by practical needs; how many ovens are required, cooktop preferences, number and sizes of fridges and sinks, and the desired look and performance of benchtop materials. Beatrix and her team will then work on a design beginning with the layout plan, prioritising items or areas that are accessed frequently (like the fridge and pantry) are located in areas with good circulation and space around. If the house is large enough to accommodate a butlers pantry, deciding how that functions is also considered.