It’s always a pleasure when clients recommend us to their friends, and that’s exactly how we were introduced to Jas and Diane.
While they were happy with the basic layout of their kitchen, it was looking tired and outdated after many years of family use.
With their children now flown the nest, they wanted a kitchen that focussed on the pleasures of cooking and entertaining.
The layout of the original kitchen worked well for Diane and Jas, so in our design we retained the same basic shape.
This gives the kitchen two distinct areas – one for seating and one for the chef to work (without people getting in their way!). The layout also allows an easy flow between each doorway, again without disturbing the chef.
Having plenty of storage was a key requirement in the design. Corners are always a challenge because there are so many different options to consider when choosing the best approach. In this instance, driven by functionality but also aiding the overall aesthetic, we opted for a corner larder, ensuring that good use can be made of this awkward space. It’s particularly handy for storing large and less frequently used items.
Either side of the fridge freezer we installed pull-out pantries. These are easily accessible, on soft close mechanisms and can hold a whopping 150kg! This certainly makes the best use of this tall, narrow space.
In order to achieve the quality of finish we, and our client, expected, we completely stripped out the old kitchen. We upgraded all the electrics, including a new fuse board, plumbing and lighting, along with re-boarding and plastering the ceiling. The existing kitchen was carefully removed so that the cabinets could be repurposed as garage storage.
We constructed the cabinet carcasses in oak MFC (melamine faced chipboard) with solid oak, dovetailed drawers. The doors are made from HDF (high density fibreboard) in a shaker style with internal quadrant beading to add detail.
The cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Pavilion Gray’, subtly offsetting the white worktops which are Carrara quartz.
At the ‘entertaining’ end of the kitchen, beautifully lit display cabinets provide easy access to glassware. And you’d never know that the washing machine and tumble dryer are housed in the centre base units, nor that the boiler is concealed in the tall cupboard to the right.
The ‘working’ end of the kitchen has all the appliances a keen chef could need.
We installed a Miele single oven (Miele H7260BP), microwave combi oven (Miele H7240BM) and warming drawer (Miele ESW7020). Next to the ovens we fitted an American style double fridge freezer, with ample capacity for entertaining.
On the opposite side of the room we positioned a Kohler cast iron sink, specifically the Indio Smart Divide 6411-2-0. The tap is a Franke tri-flow with a pull-out spray. We fitted an integrated Miele dishwasher below.
The finishing touches
Not only does this kitchen offer ample storage, it’s also finely tuned to the family’s needs:
- The drawers are fitted with customised cutlery and utensil dividers.
- Their crockery fits neatly into another drawer, kept organised and separated with a peg board.
- Bespoke chopping boards and serving trays are fitted between cabinets, making use of every inch of space.
- Jas and Diane’s treasured collection of magnets from their travels around the world can be displayed on the stylish, magnetic glass splashbacks.
The glass display cabinets and open shelving we incorporated into the design give a more open feel, creating a balance with the many doors in the room. They also increase the room’s ambient lighting options.
All sockets were fitted with USB points to increase the number and variety of devices which could be plugged in. Plus, many of the cupboards contain concealed sockets.
As well as the ceiling recessed lights, we added task lighting underneath the wall cabinets.
The final result
With this stylish redesign we have breathed new life into Jas and Diane’s kitchen.
Before and after – the “cooking end”
Before and after – the “entertaining end”
From the first meeting with Jack and Vince we knew that we had found the right company for our new kitchen. We should have saved time in looking around and gone to them first!
They did a fantastic job from start to finish.
Thanks very much to Jack for the brilliant design, Vince for the helpful advice, Gary and the team for the hard work and precise professional installation to the highest standards.
The kitchen looks absolutely fantastic and we are very happy.
We trusted the team and left them with our house keys whilst we went out and they continued their work. The job was completed on time as agreed.
They made the whole process a pleasure and completely stress free.
Thank you all for a wonderful job and a beautiful new kitchen.
Jas and Diane