This extensive project was designed to maximise the small footprint of the kitchen. The client had been working on renovating the rest of this character property and the kitchen was the last room to be done.
Working closely with our design team the customer described what they wanted. The room had only one window but 4 doors so this kitchen was going to be a thoroughfare and had the potential of becoming quite dark and crowded. The client really wanted to have a breakfast bar area, whether that be as an island or a peninsula.
After a few different versions, we designed a kitchen that the client wanted! We listened and were able to include everything this customer wanted, a traditional kitchen with a modern twist.
This is a painted Austin door, every door is painted just for this project, although it increases lead times it creates an even more personal feel to the kitchen knowing that it has been made precisely for you. The carcasses are all in a blonde oak colour to help continue that traditional theme. Storage was key and with no space for a larder unit, we have designed the kitchen with pull-out Le Manns corners, draws, and wall units. Attention to detail is key and is demonstrated throughout the design and the installation, the wall units on either side of the extractor hood are hinged so you can open them whilst cooking, and the hinging on the base units and the wall units matches.
The brightness and airiness of the kitchen come from the cool Lyra Silestone worktop that has a gloss finish on it, as there is such a large amount of Silestone it is important to get a colour that really helps brighten the room up. The upstands and splashback are also in the same material creating a seamless approach and finish from worktop to wall. Without a traditional tile on the wall, it was important to tie the worktop and the wall together in an easy-to-maintain way.
Curves are key to making this kitchen flow, it is a busy route, and having square edges and many corners is not safe nor practical. The use of curved base units on the end of the sink run and to form the peninsula has enabled the client to get more storage and eliminate the fear of catching themself on a sharp corner.
We have used a Blanco SilGrainte Sink that is hard wearing and is mounted underneath the Silestone worktop along with a waste disposal unit and a pull-out tap. The pullout tap is a great addition to any kitchen to help rinse large bowls and plates before dishwashing and also being able to clean the sink fully.