While this renovation by designer Jason Higham stayed within the footprint of the original home, the existing back porch was repurposed as part of the internal floor space. The open, perimeter-hugging kitchen sets the scene for the wider open-plan design with vistas enjoyed right out to the back yard. For larger occasions, the long dining table can double as extra bench space if required. Desk space was included at the far end of the kitchen bench, too, so that computer or writing activities and casual kitchen work can happen side by side. The desk also hides a discreet place to store wines.