Cosentino highlights: Kyal and Kara’s Reno Series
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June 3, 2020
Kyal and Kara have finished renovating their latest project, Blue Lagoon, and took us along for the ride via their Reno Series. The eight-episode miniseries followed the Super Ks on the knock down and rebuild of their beach shack in Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast.
Described as ‘Mediterranean villa meets Australian coastal,’ the four-bedroom house is focused around an outdoor alfresco, yard and pool area, while a guest house at the front of the block provides a self-contained retreat for family and friends. Silestone®, Sensa® and Dekton® surfaces feature throughout their house, and we spoke to Kara about their choices. “Our material choices for this build have been more about layering texture upon texture, with creamy, tan and beige tones, rather than injecting colour,” Kara says.
Guest House: Sensa® Taj Mahal
Episode 2 focused on the build and design of Kyal and Kara’s guest house. Designed as a calming getaway, it combines a hotel feel with beach-shack charm, and features Sensa® Taj Mahal as the hero of the kitchen.
“I fell in love with Sensa® Taj Mahal from the moment I saw it,” says Kara. “The natural striations of the quartzite are so interesting and full of depth, however because the tones are quite neutral, it works well with our coastal colour palette.”
Hideout: Silestone® Calacatta Gold
The hideout, featured in episode 4, is Kyal and Kara’s master bedroom, walk-in-robe and ensuite. The parents’ retreat – with no kids allowed – feels like a treehouse, with a view of the trees out every window.
Oak cabinetry in the ensuite is in keeping with the other bathrooms throughout the house and complemented with creamy-coloured tiles and Silestone® Calacatta Gold benchtop with integrated basin and a stone return. “I wanted a crisp benchtop that would lighten the overall aesthetic and break up the cream and oak tones,” says Kara. “I love the streamlined look of the Silestone® Integrity sinks and the Calacatta Gold won me over as the crisp white with taupe highlights work so well with the tile choice.”
Laundry and mudroom: Silestone® Eternal Marfil
Laundries and mudrooms are functional spaces, but this certainly doesn’t mean sacrificing aesthetics. In episode 6, Kyal and Kara used Silestone® Eternal Marfil in the laundry and mudroom, as it provides a robust, durable surface and its creamy tones complement the coastal palette.
“The subtle vein provides a nice amount of interest, and Silestone® is so dependable in a practical space that we don’t need to worry about staining from dirt and spills,” Kara says.
Kitchen: Dekton® Taga
Episode 7 was all about creating the heart of the home – the kitchen, dining and living area – where Kyal, Kara and their children spend a lot of their time together. Kara chose Dekton® Taga for the kitchen benchtops. It imitates a natural stone while providing superior performance.
“We love the movement and depth in natural stone; however, we didn’t want to worry about stains and marks, especially with two toddlers in the house,” Kara says. “We have used Dekton on quite a few projects now and love its durability, resistance to stains and the fact that no maintenance is required. Its colouring is very similar to that of Sensa® Taj Mahal, so the creamy, tan and beige tones work beautifully with our oak cabinetry.”
Living area: Dekton® Liquid Shell
Dekton® also features in the living area, with Liquid Shell on the bench seats and fireplace hearth. “It has a beautiful texture to touch, a slight gleam in the light, and of course it has great durability,” says Kara.
Congratulations to Kara and Kyal on their beautiful new family home and we look forward to seeing the next renovation they have in store. To explore the full range of Cosentino products, please see a link here.