Sustainable House Day

Sustainability is a complicated beast. As an Australian manufacturer, Cantilever’s mission to create enduring, sustainable kitchens is an ever-evolving one. We consider the principles of ‘designing for longevity’ a key strategy toward improving the sustainability of our products.

Our Kitchens bring together material durability and low toxicity, fabrication integrity and we hope, longevity of style. Our distinct Kitchen System designs are deliberately subtle, and flexible, allowing them to move toward the architectural and personal styles of our client’s homes.

Our design approach is matched by engaged workplace practices toward waste management, improving air quality, and a passion for local manufacturing.  We try to apply the same values we store in our products, to our practice.    


Sustainable Open House ‘The Bunker’

Like most people, Cantilever folk enjoy working with likeminded business’ and people.  ‘The Bunker’ project saw a K1 Kitchen settle into a rammed earth build; made by industry experts Earth House Australia.   

Rammed Earth walls are a refined building technique with a beautiful aesthetic quality and impressive sustainable attributes.  By the nature of their construction, rammed earth walls contribute to a reduction in waste, improve thermal mass and reduce house-hold energy use.  Earth House Australia is taking this often Architecturally driven material to a new level by offering Off-the-plan options for new builds, one design on show at The Bunker. 


Set in the North East quarter of the home, this classic U Shaped kitchen with extended pantry length, is bathed in light.  The double glazed sink and splashback windows frame the backyard, and with the open pantry tucked behind the corner, there is plenty of bench space for prep and serving.  The kitchen palette is a Classic Cantilever K1, with White Melamine on E0 substrate fronts, matching ABS edge, and Steel pull-handles.   Laminate with ply trim benchtops and signature Hoop Pine Ply open mitred boxes with a Low VOC Water based finish, soften the palette and connect it to the original hardwood Floorboards. A simple kitchen, sitting softly in it's home.

Further reading: Click here to read the article by Emma Watson for the Moorabbin Kingston Leader published on August 18, 2017

To visit on Sustainable House Open Day you must register


Sustainable Open House ‘Melbourne Vernacular’

‘Melbourne Vernacular’ has seen a long renovation of a 100-year-old workers cottage in Melbourne’s inner west. Keeping as much of the original structure as possible, the cottage was beautifully restored, and extended to include a Kitchen and Living space, new bathrooms and rooftop garden.  The owners; Leanne and Scott Thompson chose recycled materials, including building materials from the original house, and Low VOC options wherever possible. Inspired to create a home that left as small a carbon footprint as possible, they engaged building designers Altereco to develop the passive design and thermal mass principles used throughout the extension.  The architecture of the home successfully balances complimentary textures of exposed brick facades, concrete floors and timber beams, with light and calm in abundance.


Scott and Leanne engaged Cantilever to design, supply and install our K2 Kitchen; adapted to suit the architectural features of the home.  Every Cantilever Kitchen is a custom fit, using the palettes and design detailing of our distinct Kitchen Ranges as the framework, with inbuilt adaptability and design tolerance capable of creating a unique response curated to each project.  The exposed timber beams of the Kitchen ceiling support a Greenroof covered in plants native to Melbourne’s western planes.  The matching hardwood custom joinery throughout the living space leant the kitchen to be designed using Vic Ash Veneer.  In keeping with our product standards, the veneer was finished with Low VOC Water based finish, and complemented by White Two Pack fronts with E0 substrate throughout. 

The benchtops are a subtle re-constituted stone called Eco by Cosentino (Polar Cap white), which has 80% recycled content.  Complimented by Cantilever’s own Locally manufactured sink with bamboo chopping board inset, this kitchen offers the complete Cantilever package.

Our clients have beautifully captured their renovation journey @melbourne_vernacular with plenty of helpful references for key renovation contacts and ideas.  To learn more about the sustainable qualities of the home visit here

Register to visit Sustainable House Day on Sunday 17th of September.