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Below are a few of our recent projects. If there are any that are of particular interest please feel free to ask for more information, we are always happy to help.
High Gloss White Lacquer with Terra Oak Panelling and Aleutian White Quartz
Within a space not greater than 9m2 the challenge was to create a kitchen that delivered functionality at every point without compromising on simple, clean lines. Everything, right down to the sink had to be carefully considered to maximise efficiency, whilst minimising their impact on the space.
To achieve the required level of functionality within a small space needs more than just a well-considered design, it needs furniture that has the versatility to make use of all the space available, however small the space, if it’s used intelligently, it can function just as well as a kitchen twice the size.
To better understand the intricacies of this kitchen it is worth considering exactly what’s in it. At the far end, sitting below the hob, is a 900mm drawer unit and two different types of pull-out corner unit. There is also a built-in fridge, built-in dishwasher, pull-out waste bin, pull-out tray rack and two further drawers under the oven. And that’s just the base units! The state of the art IQ700 Siemens multi-function oven, warming drawer and a flexi-induction hob provide the same high level of functionality within the appliances. While the 20mm Quartz worktops and Terra Oak panelling maximise the feeling of space when combined with the two runs of flap-door wall units.
How it worked out
This kitchen is a great example of what can be achieved when the customer and designer work together, refining the design a number of times until they get what they want. This process is very much a two way street; our expertise in knowing what’s possible combined with our customers knowledge of what they want and how they will use the space.
Like all kitchens though, the design is just the start. Small spaces are not just hard to design; they make the installation a little trickier too. Once again our fitters did us proud! By the end of the first week the old kitchen was removed, first fix plumbing and electrics complete and the new kitchen furniture installed. In the second week the room was decorated, the appliances and lighting were installed and connected and finally, the worktops were fitted.
It’s a fantastic kitchen, delivering great levels of functionality whilst staying true to the brief of a clean, unfussy space.
What the customer said
Right from our first visit to the Black Rok showroom we were hooked and no other kitchen would do! We were struck by the professionalism, product quality and knowledge but also the friendly helpful nature of both Jamie & Ed, no question went unanswered and nothing was too much trouble. All our ideas and requests were incorporated into the various designs, of which there were quite a few before we reached the final one!
The delivery/installation date was set at 6 weeks from when we first placed the order and was adhered to which was excellent. From start to finish everything was fully project managed by Jamie who also fitted around timings to suit us, which we found very helpful. All the fitters and tradesmen were professional and considerate at all times. Everything was handled excellently and couldn’t be faulted in any way.
Our new kitchen is all we hoped and planned for and more, we couldn’t be happier. We would highly recommend Black Rok to anyone.
Thanks Jamie & Ed
Magnolia High Gloss Lacquer with Almond Wood Panelling and Worktops – East Sussex
The brief here was to create a clean, fresh family kitchen incorporating warm woody tones and modern handle-less furniture.
The kitchen area forms one end of an open plan living space and it was always important that the space would work as one fluid area. The kitchen needed to perform efficiently and provide all the necessary storage, refrigeration and cooking functionality you would expect in 21st century kitchen, without dominating the space.
The island forms the centre piece of the kitchen, sized and shaped to be big enough for breakfast-on-the-go whilst not being so big as to dominate the room. Positioning the induction hob on the island ensures that cooking is a truly social experience. The bank of tall units house the built-in refrigeration along with a large larder cupboard. Cleverly concealed behind the lacquered handle-less fronts are a range of storage options, the usual drawers and cupboards are complemented by a built in waste system and an under-counter wine cooler.
To maximise the feeling of space a simple open shelf completes the kitchen. The concealed fixings and integrated lighting make something really simple, really effective.
How it worked Out
It’s always a great feeling when our customers are happy, not only with the kitchen we have installed but with the kitchen we designed. We often like to go back a month or two after the kitchen has been installed to see how things have worked out, apart from seeing the kitchen in action it’s also how we keep improving as designers. It’s our chance to see what’s worked and inevitably sometimes we see things that haven’t quite worked out as we intended. In this case, the kitchen has proved to be a great success. One of the great things is that it provides a wonderful back drop to a busy, vibrant family life. It has been beautifully accessorized to make it truly individual and unique to the family that use it.
What the customer said
First impressions… “Very smart and stylish showroom and made very welcome by Jamie and Ed.”
On the design process… “You worked tirelessly with our many alterations to our plans and we truly have the kitchen we’d dreamt of.”
On the installation… “The fitters were great – hard working, helpful and very efficient.”
On recommending Black Rok… ” We have recommended you and mentioned your name to all our kitchen admirers!”
White High Gloss Laquer with Grey Acacia Panalling and Quartz Worktops – Brighton
To create a modern, ultra functional family kitchen in a new kitchen extension. The brief here was to utilise every inch of space to the maximum, the kitchen needed to house an American fridge/ freezer and it had to have an Island, double oven bank and seating. What’s more it had to work within a space complicated by beams and existing walls, not to mention an adjoining utility and cloak room. The premium, as always, was space and knowing how to use it.
In order to incorporate everything our client wanted we had to utilise the space available in the very best way we could. The creation of an “S” shaped partition wall between the kitchen and the utility room allowed for one side to house the American fridge/freezer and the other side to house the Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer. This opened up the space significantly, allowing for the Island and Midi-Unit Oven housings.
How it worked out
Despite the simple appearance this is a highly complex kitchen. Once the design was finalised the next challenge was to accurately communicate with all the builders, plumbers and electricians involved in building the space. Details like flush fit extractor housings and built in refrigeration require careful planning in order that they come together on site and allow for a smooth, efficient installation. In this example everything worked out very well, quality workmanship by all the preceeding trades, combined with our own expert fitting team meant that 9 days after the fit began the Quartz was being installed and the kitchen was ready for use.
It’s a good feeling when it all comes together. This kitchen works beautifully in terms of functionality whilst subtle design details and high quality finishes create an understated, elegant space.
What the customer said
First impressions… “Showroom was very impressive and liked the sleek look, staff very friendly and approachable.”
On the design process… “Was very satisfied with the design process which resulted in us being more than happy with the final outcome.”
White Lacquer and Grey Acacia Handle-less – Ringmer
How it worked out
Polar White design-glass doors with Terra Oak tall units and Chrome quartz worktops – North London
To create an uncluttered, modern handle less kitchen incorporating an island and a split level breakfast bar within a light, open plan kitchen / dining room extension.
With a young toddler in the household the finishes needed to be very durable and easy to maintain but still be ultra glossy and light reflective, our Design-glass doors in Polar White fitted the bill perfectly.
The focal point of this kitchen was always going to be the island, the hob was positioned so that cooking would be a social affair, family or friends could sit at the breakfast bar while meals were being prepared. We built a dropped section of ceiling and installed a remote controlled ducted extractor above the hob to keep cooking odours to a minimum in the rest of the room.
The tall units and oven housings were built into a wall recess to give a sleek look to the kitchen and also to make the most of the space, finished in Terra Oak veneer they provide a stunning contrast to the Polar White glass base units.
The quartz worktop (Silestone) was specified to be only 20mm thick instead of the usual 30mm which helped to accentuate the stainless steel handle-less channel and give a less chunky, more delicate looking edge detail to the island.
What the customer said:
Rough-Sawn Oak Veneer with Anthracite quartz worktops and electrically operated drinks cabinet
An entertaining kitchen! This customer was looking for something different, fun and striking to look at. Dinner parties and entertaining friends were an important part of the design along with the use of different colours and textures to create a striking centre piece for this period property in East Sussex.
With dinner parties in mind we designed a truly bespoke bar area incorporating an electrically operated glass fronted shutter unit mounted on a mix of high gloss and Macassar Ebony veneered panelling to create a collage effect. The whole unit was then back lit with high output LEDs to give a floating effect on the wall. A touch-sensitive panel at the base of the wall unit operated the open/close mechanism and also switched on the interior lights. The result is a drinks cabinet which makes mixing the cocktail almost as much fun as drinking it.
The main part of the kitchen was finished in rough-sawn planked oak veneer, painted in Antique White with a chunky, solid stainless steel bar handle with oak carcase sides.
An AGA provided the main cooking requirements with a Siemens domino induction hob and compact oven/microwave for extra capacity.
How it worked out
The use of lighting, wood veneers and a touch of Black Rok magic meant that our customer ended up with the ultimate party kitchen, beautiful, tactile and useable, a true one-off, just as she requested.
Curved White Lacquer with Iroko Worktops
To design and install a modern family kitchen, maintaining space for a table and keeping an open feel. Via a set of bi-fold doors the kitchen leads out on to a decked area so maintaining a sense of “flow” was very important. The client wanted a mix of modern furniture and natural materials for the worktops and spashback. The kitchen also needed to house a built in washing machine and make use of an existing larder cupboard.
The decision to keep the table and chairs meant the space available for the kitchen furniture and appliances was fairly limited. With this in mind the design needed considerable thought to accommodate all our clients’ wishes. The sink sits between a built-in washer/dryer and a built-in dishwasher. The existing larder cupboard was adapted with the door and mouldings re-clad in matching front material whilst the inside was reconfigured to accommodate the vacuum, ironing board and recycling bins. The feature part of the kitchen is the curved oven/hob run of units, topped with Iroko worktops.
How it worked out
Considering its’ size this kitchen works very well to provide as a highly usable space both for cooking and socialising. The use of curves creates a simple yet striking look whilst the elegant mix of real wood and high gloss lacquer give the kitchen a truly luxurious feel. The warmth of the wood is further enhanced by the travertine tiling, used to great effect to add another layer of texture and interest.