Blaines have had great pleasure in designing and bringing out the bright and colourful side of the customer’s personality. “We want it bright and modern! We want an island and for the room to become a kitchen diner.”
With that in mind. Our designers worked hard to create a light and modern streamlined kitchen. New York Gloss Pearl Grey & Gloss Dusk Grey Island create a design-driven contrast that included a beautiful Silestone Lyra Island.
Incorporating space for two bright stools to match the personality of the client. Supported by our glass fabricators, we created a custom glass splashback in a personally selected aqua colour and flowery spring meadow.
The customer has lived in the property since it was built, and it still had the original kitchen in it.
The kitchen was a dull heavy brown wooden kitchen with a mock Tudor-style wall in the middle of it.
It did not represent the style of the house, nor did it represent the style of the client.
The client had spent a long time thinking about how they wanted their kitchen to be. They had produced a detailed scaled drawing with moveable parts to try and work out how an island would work or a peninsular would work up against the wall.
When our design consultant visited the client to do the home site survey, he very quickly understood the clients’ dreams and visions.
Working closely with the client and listening to exactly what they wanted it was quickly decided that the open stud wall could be removed. It was not load-bearing, and it was purely decorative. This then would instantly lighten the room up and remove a big physical and optical block.
Time was spent with the client at the property asking questions about what they do in the kitchen. how do they use the kitchen? are they right or left-handed? These are the sorts of questions which helped our designer get to the design and colour scheme that was proposed.
Shortly after the site visits the client was invited back to our Swaffham showroom and had a presentation of the proposed design and the colours that could be used. The colours were quickly confirmed and then the layout of the kitchen was confirmed. Without the wall, we were able to extend the sink run and create an area to have an island with a wine cooler.
Various designs and colours of glass were played with during the design process to ensure that the colours selected were correct. To ensure that the client selected the right colours they took samples home and had them in the kitchen area to make sure they worked.
Storage is always important in a kitchen, and in this kitchen, there is ample storage that works in a symmetrical pattern. Everything is equal working out from the middle point of the range cooker and the sink. The bulk of the cooking and preparation areas are going to be to the right-hand side of the range cooker, and in the pull-out pan draw unit there is an internal cutlery draw to ensure that all the crockery and utensils needed are at hand.
The open boxes in a concrete colour create some visual texture and storage. All the boxes have got lights inside and underneath them. The customer did not want wall units to reduce the openness of the kitchen, but they wanted something on that wall as it looked too empty.
To develop the modern and minimal approach the customer opted for a boiling water tap as they did not want a kettle on the worktop. We recommend the Blanco EVOL-S Pro Hot & Filter 4 in 1 boiling water tap aid that comes with a dial to set a precise amount of water to be dispensed for boiling and filtered water.
When the project started the installation took around 4 weeks, although this does include templating and production time for the Silestone and glass.
Blaines removed the wall, plastering the ceiling and walls where the wall was removed, and then we removed the kitchen, we did the first fix of electrics and plumbing. These were a little more complex than other installations due to the nature of the new boiling tap and the extra lights in the storage boxes. We did the dry fit of the kitchen before our Silestone Fabricator came to template the areas that needed worktops. In between the templating and fabricating of the worktops we had our flooring engineer come and apply a fresh new layer of smoothing compound and install a new LVT floor.
The Silestone was installed and then the following day the Glass fabricators came to measure and template the areas that needed glass splashbacks, after 10 days the glass was installed, and the final job was for the kitchen to be decorated.
It was then ready to pass back to the client.