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Saxony Building - An 1860's Kitchen Renovation

Home owners Susan and Michael Papps, Saxony Building Owner Luke Doeke and Accurate Construction Services Gallerie Manager, Natalie Milan. Photo: Tash Mohring

Nestled between the towns of Nuriootpa and Tanunda, in South Australia’s picturesque Barossa Valley wine region, is the home of Susan and Michael Papps. An 1860’s dwelling that sits side by side with their boutique cellar door, Yelland and Papps, and the families vineyards.

Over the years this home has undergone a number of renovations by it’s owners, and this time it was the kitchen that was in need of some love. With an appreciation of bygone era’s Susan says that putting a modern kitchen into this house that has such great bones and soul was just not an option, and finding a builder that could mix the old bones with the new, in a way that would work with Susan’s love of functionality and classic vintage styling wasn’t going to be an easy task.

However, with the help of Lisa and Luke Doeke, owners of a local Saxony Building, this 1860’s home has finally had a kitchen that is true to its heritage. Traditional features like the panelled wooden ceilings and original red brick stove surrounds were uncovered and bought back to life, not only as textured features that help soften the newness but practical solutions to storage and lighting.

The red brick stove surround has been enhanced with the use of local reclaimed timber to support the brick chimney. While the previously enclosed stove alcove is now a good looking feature space used to store wood for the families fire place - a must have in the Barossa Valleys chilly winters.

And thank goodness Saxony Building were on board to restore the original timber ceiling to it’s former glory. Susan and Michael tell me that many homes of this period in the Barossa Valley have the ceilings hidden under plasterboard as restoring them is not always a job modern builders are keen to tackle. However Lisa, Luke and their team were fully on board with the couples dreams and worked tirelessly to restore the boards that would not only compliment the kitchen but would enhance it in a way that so many desire. With a white wash addition and the insertion of down lights this ceiling helps create a sense of space and light that a kitchen always needs.

Over all, everything from the tile choice, the new but classical vintage matte taps, the ceramic farm style double, open cabinetry and wooden floors, have been designed and built to look as if this is the way this kitchen should have been all along. It’s agelessness and quality will see this home through many many more decades to come.

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