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DESIGN | INSPIRATION | INNOVATION
Kitchens & Bathrooms
ccording to the American Institute of Architects chief economist Kermit Baker,
kitchen and bathroom remodels are the last to be downsized when a recession strikes,
and the first to rebound after a lull. The Institute’s survey also discovered that the size
of kitchens and bathrooms is increasing.
With many seeing the kitchen as the heart of the home, and bathrooms as personal sanctums,
it may not come as a surprise that wet rooms are still going strong. It’s widely agreed they are
the most popular areas of the home in which to undertake projects, year on year. They are not only
hot spots that achieve excellent returns on investment, they are also the domestic gatekeepers to
a modern, stylish and highly functional lifestyle.
This year’s Kitchens and Bathrooms annual celebrates leading designers, decorators, retailers and more,
to inspire, inform and educate you on all your options when tackling kitchen and bathroom designs.
Some of the year’s key trends are the bold monochrome palette, the eye-catching embellishment
fashion and the resurgence of light wells in modern designs (p54). We explore Australian style (p104), with
a trend-setting collection of designs by awards finalists to kick-start your wish list and direct your decor,
as well as taking our cues from abroad (p80), browsing highly stylised and slick international offerings.
Thankfully, the progressive industry means that we continually have access to new technology,
products and materials. We cover the latest and greatest innovations for wet rooms in Style File (p126)
and our feature profiles (from p150), unveiling the professionals to assist you with your projects once
you’re ready to get started.
The three most valuable pearls of wisdom I garnered from our experts are: have a plan and stick to
it, because the most successful kitchens and bathrooms are those with a clear vision from the get-go;
don’t cut corners because, while it’s wise to shop around for price, it’s not a good idea to compromise on
quality; and lastly, take the time to get it right, because shortcuts often cause problems in the long run.
This year the Scoop team is excited to share the continued success achieved by our Kitchens and
Bathrooms title, and indeed our Scoop Home and Design series as a whole. While last year we accomplished
a push into the national market, this year’s expansion has been north into Asia, into Europe and the US.
We’re increasingly recognising and valuing our role in the Australasian region as we become a cohesive
and advanced sector of the world, bonded by business, tourism and investment.
We hope this year’s offering inspires you in creating beautiful kitchens and bathrooms. Enjoy.
Jessica Rule | Editor
ON THE COVER
This stunning bathroom by Carter Williamson
Architects has been built within a Sydney
home’s pitched roof, achieving an intimate
space within an oft-ignored area of the home.
Read more about this Australian Institute
of Architects awards-shortlisted project in
Design Directions, from p104. Carter Williamson
Architects, www.carterwilliamson.com .
“Kitchens and bathrooms are the most popular
areas of the home in which to undertake projects,
and achieve excellent returns on investment.”
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