When Peter and Karen got in touch with us, they were looking to convert their tired, outdated kitchen into a sleek, contemporary space.
This was an interesting project as their home was an ‘upside down’ house. Built on a steep slope, a common occurrence in Biggin Hill, the entranceway and living accommodation are ‘upstairs’ to enjoy the countryside views, with bedrooms downstairs.
Reconfiguring the space
To create the open plan space they desired, we had to start with some building work. The builders knocked through the walls which had originally separated the kitchen, living room and hallway, and removed a small WC. This provided us with a large, open plan area to play with.
Our design for the kitchen needed to incorporate plenty of storage, allowing Karen and Peter to hide away any clutter and achieve the minimalist look they sought.
As well as the closed cupboards and drawers, we also incorporated stunning open shelving next to the worktop.
This provides easy access to frequently used items, while still keeping them discretely tucked away. It adds a touch of more traditional styling and detail to the corner of the room. And, at the flick of a switch, the integrated shelf lighting turns it into a bold display unit.
The centrepiece of the design is a large kitchen island with integrated dining table. This provides cooking space without being isolated from your guests and an expansive area for dining. The base cupboards under the table also house a mountain of tech and AV gadgets, keeping the living space clear of clutter and cabling.
Sleek and contemporary looks
We will generally construct our cabinets with Winchester oak MFC. However, in this case, we colour matched the interiors with the cabinet doors.
In realising Peter and Karen’s ambition for a modern, minimalist kitchen, we naturally opted for flat fronted, frameless and handleless cabinet and drawer fronts. They are finished with a ‘dust grey’ gloss acrylic. The overall effect is of a clean, virtually seamless design.
The use of modern materials didn’t stop with the cabinets. We used Carrara quartz for the worksurfaces, with an elegant ”waterfall” edge to elevate the tops. The dining table is constructed from 15mm toughened glass. The surrounding clear plastic and steel cantilever chairs complete the look.
The clean, minimalist feel continues through and beyond the kitchen thanks to the smooth resin floor provided by Sphere 8. The striking artwork which dominates the south wall adds a perfect flourish of drama to the room.
Modern technology to match the modern design
Karen and Peter wanted to create a kitchen which allowed them to both relax and entertain. So, we incorporated the latest technologies to help them do both.
The Siemens oven array includes a coffee machine, two single ovens and a microwave.
Either side of the ovens are an integrated Liebherr fridge and freezer, including an ice maker.
The sink is fitted with a Quooker Flex tap, cold water filter and soap dispenser. This allows Peter and Karen to do away with the clutter of a kettle, bottles of hand soap, etc.
In the central island, a BORA Pure hob is fitted flush to the worksurface. This includes an integrated, supremely quiet extractor fan. It is perfectly positioned to allow the chef to monitor the dinner while still chatting to their guests.
But the integration of technology doesn’t stop with the cooking. There is a pop-up socket tower in the island, conveniently placed so both the cook and those at the table can reach it. And we concealed all their smart home controls, remotes and even Alexa, in the units under the glass island!
Ready to remove the clutter from your kitchen?
We were delighted with the room we created for Peter and Karen, as were they.
If you’re ready to banish the clutter from your kitchen and create a sleek, minimalist design of your own, then we can help.