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Modern stone with old-school character

Using bright, white stone in the kitchen and bathroom was a perfect way to modernise Nikki and Glenn Halls’ home, while retaining its 1930s character.

With the help of Pacific Stone, they chose Silestone’s Calacatta Gold for their benchtops, splashbacks and bathroom vanity.

Calacatta Gold is an engineered stone designed to resemble marble. Its white base has gold, light grey and brown veins running throughout it, finished with a matte porcelain surface.

“Once we decided to repurpose the house’s original rimu for the kitchen island and other accents, using Calacatta Gold became an easy choice. The warmth in the veins complements the timber beautifully,” says Nikki.

Kate from Pacific Stone says using the same stone for the splashback is her favourite part of the new kitchen.

“Splashbacks are often an afterthought for people, but Nikki’s planning certainly paid-off. The way the stone’s pattern carries on from the bench top up to the range hood, with a warm light shining onto it, makes the space look larger and lavish.”

Nikki is a kitchen designer and Glenn a house design consultant – so the couple knew what they wanted.

“We wanted to have a stone bench because it’s practical, and much more forgiving than a laminate.

“We were always going to use Pacific Stone. They’re the company I use for work and they always do a beautiful job. I’ve tried others, but I always go back to them.”

A 1930s dark wood wash table was converted into a bathroom vanity using Calacatta Gold, matched with a white sink.

Kate says this was an easy way to utilise left-over stone from the kitchen.

“There are always off-cuts, so people who work with us are more than welcome to get creative and use leftover stone for something else.”

The wash table continues the theme from the Halls’ other bathroom, where they fitted white stone with darker grey veins on the vanity in an earlier restoration project.

From order to install, the process took about three weeks. It is one of the final touches on what has been a seven-year renovation, says Nikki.

“Over the years, we’ve had temporary kitchens that we transferred around every time we did a bit of reno. We couldn’t start on the kitchen for a long time, because we were extending that part of the house.

“The temporary kitchens had everything I needed, but having a stainless steel bench with a dishwasher pushed in the corner was never what I wanted. To finally achieve the end product that we have is wonderful – we love it.”