Our client had a fairly clear idea of the way they wanted their new kitchen to work. The challenge for us was to create a design that not only functioned effectively with all the things on the “Wish List” but it also had to have the understated, elegant look of a Black Rok kitchen. The client intended to knock the wall down between the dining room and the kitchen, they then wanted to relocate the kitchen to the opposite end of the space. They were keen that the kitchen would not dominate the space and would leave enough space for a dining table and chairs.
The wall run needed to house the oven, fridge, sink, hob and dishwasher, oh and a larder cupboard cut in around some pipe boxing. The base units are framed on either end by the tall units and the look is lifted by the wall units and panelling. The peninsula was to be kept free of any appliances but have space for seating and a mix of cupboard and drawer storage.
How it worked Out
The kitchen is a beautiful example of simplicity, the unfussy design sure to last the test of time. There are pleasing details such as the up lit panelling above the wall units and very elegant colour scheme, with the lava grey framing the white wall units and worktops. The high degree of functionality within a relatively small kitchen allows for the space to remain clutter free.
What our customer said
‘We are very happy with the design and quality of the kitchen, it looks and feels stunning’.
Set within a contemporary new build property this curved kitchen was to form the focal point within a large kitchen dining area. Our clients wanted a designer kitchen that would feature not only curves but also no handles. It had to deliver a high level of functionality whist never compromising on style.
Curves were a must and set the tone of the whole design. Luckily for us the space lent itself to a beautiful curved peninsula running parallel to the tall unit bank on the back wall. The challenge with curves is how to integrate them into a space that is primarily made up of straight lines. To achieve the balance here we kept the curves to the peninsula with just one more on the bar unit. Less can sometimes be more and this is a good example of not over doing an idea. The drop ceiling detail running around the perimeter is another detail we added to homogenise the space, adding lighting and interest whilst also housing the tall units.
How it worked out
The pictures, as always, only tell half the story. The overall feel of the space is every bit as glamorous as it looks but what is perhaps a little harder to appreciate is just how functional this kitchen is. Full height fridge, full height freezer, oven, steam oven, warming drawer, induction hob and not one but two dishwashers make it a kitchen that can handle everything life can throw at it. The seductive curves are perfectly complimented by the 20mm quartz worktops and the Natural Oak wall panelling.
These types of kitchen are always a challenge, both on the design side but just as crucially on the installation side too. It’s a credit to our fitting team the way they once again turned our customers dream into a fully functioning reality. This kitchen is a huge triumph and occupies the key space in the home of a local celebrity. Pretty cool huh!
Set within an astounding property this kitchen was to form the major feature within the east wing of the house. Our clients were very simply looking for the best available and wanted a kitchen that would live up to the rest of the house.
In terms of practicalities the kitchen had to deliver all the very latest integrated Siemens appliances, including Full height integrated freezer with ice and water, full height fridge, combi Steam oven, combi microwave, full size oven, coffee machine warming drawer, free induction hob, down draught extractor, dishwasher, double sink, waste disposal, spray tap, filter tap, boiling water tap, oh and a dishwasher!
The style was to be contemporary and elegant with a wow factor that would last for years to come.
The layout was established fairly early on with the kitchen focusing on two main features, a 6 meter long island centred on a floor to ceiling bank of storage and appliances. The effect of this perfect alignment was to be further enhanced by the dramatic drop ceiling that would run above the island, incorporating feature lighting and hidden ventilation.
The key with a large room is to develop a scheme to maximise both the visual appeal and the functionality of the space. It can be very easy to lose the efficiency of the “working” part of the kitchen. To avoid this we centred the action on the far end of the space. Sink, hob, ovens and fridge are all very close to one another making it a kitchen that not only looks great but one you can actually cook in too.
The next part of the challenge comes in designing the space around the kitchen. In this instance it is the perfect alignment of the oven bank, island, the drop ceiling and the feature lights combine together to create the effect of a dramatic, perfectly configured space.
The main feature island consisted of a 3 meter run of drawers at one end and then a dramatic, 3 meter long breakfast bar at the other. To cope with such a span we designed a custom made steel support that sits within the 100mm quartz. The result is stunning simplicity, beneath the surface it is anything but!
The choice of Satin white handle-less cabinetry with integrated LED lighting gave us the chance to add 100mm Diamond White worktops to create a look of timeless contemporary, elegance. The pure simplicity across the finishes allows the lighting to really elevate the design in the subtlest of ways.
How it worked out
On a project such as this it is a huge triumph when it comes together so successfully. The apparent simplicity of the design hides a world of hidden complexity and intricate design detail. Achieving such precision over a large scale, having the ability to communicate the detail, not mention the exactness, of the structural requirements is absolutely key to the finished result. Before the space even exists every detail must be decided and then the space is reverse engineered to allow for the finished kitchen to fit so perfectly within it. There is no room from error, the floor tiling covers over 300m2 in this particular living/ kitchen space and is all aligned to the centre of the island. So long before the space is anywhere near complete we had to give a centre mark for the grout joint, the drop ceiling, the island and the vast bank of tall units. Get this wrong and you have a very expensive, very complicated headache on your hands. No pressure!
That we have developed the skills to deliver on these types of project is a wonderful testament to us as designers, project managers and installers. The work by Zac and Jake to deliver such quality in the installation phase is something we almost take for granted now, they deserve a special mention here though, the quality is simply first rate. Francis Tate Marble Works, our long standing quartz and granite partners, also deserve a special mention. Their work on the quartz worktops is so good Samsung, the quartz manufacturers, want to use this kitchen for their own marketing and website.
What our client said
“We are so glad we went with Black Rok, we are incredibly happy with the kitchen and have loved working with a company that does exactly what they said they would do exactly when they said they would do it. “
The key component with the design of this cubanite grey kitchen was to maximise the feeling of space and light. Our clients wanted the usual level of functionality within the kitchen space whilst also requiring a neatly concealed laundry zone in the new extension. The style needed to be subtle and elegant, allowing for the materials and finishes to add a touch of understated glamour.
After a fair amount of exploration the shape that best suited the space focused on a single long run of cabinetry along the main wall. With no wall units or tall units this run was to be elevated above the ordinary with 80mm quartz worktops, sitting above the handle-less channel detail.
This set a tone for the kitchen and blended the two spaces into one with the cabinets wrapping around the new opening. On the opposing wall the sink run featured the one tall unit, to house the fridge/ freezer, along with bins and the dishwasher. Two high level wall units provide useful storage whilst not interfering with the space above the sink. To add a further touch of glamour three simple LED illuminated glass shelves provide a little extra storage on both walls.
How it worked out
By keeping the main run of furniture to worktop height the space feels very open and light, whilst clever storage and fully integrated appliances ensure there is no compromise when it comes to functionality. The stainless handle-less channel detail and the worktops certainly elevate a very simple design to another level, whilst the sculptural Extractor hangs like a piece of art work above the hob. Elegance, simplicity and German functionality, mixed up with a little design flair… it’s another great Black Rok kitchen.
Our brief here was to change the look and layout of the kitchen in a fairly dramatic way.
Our clients wanted a set of Bifold doors installed at one end, they wanted more fridge/ freezer space, more storage, more worktops and more appliances all whilst making the kitchen feel lighter, brighter and more spacious. Everything, right down to the sink had to be carefully considered to maximise efficiency, whilst minimising their impact on the space.
The Bifold doors set the tone for the kitchen. To make the space work we designed a tall unit bank to house Full height Fridge, full height freezer and oven, microwave and warming drawer.
Space was tight to achieve this but it was just possible, to enhance the appearance we designed a drop section of ceiling to close the gaps between the cabinets and the ceiling and give the furniture a truly built in appearance. 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. Running down one side of the kitchen the worktop housed the sink and hob, along with bins, dishwasher, drawers and a corner Le Mans unit.
To the right of the sink a roller shutter with cupboard above made great use of the corner space. On the opposing wall more storage was enhanced by a curved section of worktop to provide the perfect spot for a bit of breakfast.
How it worked out
Finished to our usual high standards this kitchen is a real gem. The room feels so much bigger and everywhere you turn there’s a feeling of real quality. The Bifolds open the space to the garden providing a real “Wow” factor and then once inside the “Wow’s” keep on coming. We designed the overall room concept; project managed not just the kitchen but the building works as well and ensured the whole project ran smoothly. The end result is a huge triumph showing just what can be achieved with good design.
As specialists in contemporary kitchens we love it when our customers are set to fully embrace the Black Rok ideal; big, handleless kitchens that seamlessly integrate the very latest technology are becoming something of a forte for us. And as luck would have it, that’s exactly what this particular customer wanted. Their property was to be extended to allow for a large kitchen-dining-living area, finished with vast banks of sliding glazed doors.
Incorporated within the kitchen was to be the very best in Siemens integrated appliances, including two full size ovens, a microwave combi, a steam oven, a coffee machine, a warming drawer, a full size integrated dishwasher, a zone less flexi induction hob , a full height A-cool fridge, a full height A-cool freezer and a built in wine cooler… oh and a downdraught extractor that rises up from the island worktop.
The kitchen also needed to blend seamlessly into the TV zone whilst offering ample storage with drawers and pull-outs complete with seating on the island for five.
The shape of the space lent itself to a big “T” shaped island with the big bank of tall-units and the sink run set against two of the walls. Our customer decided on a satin lacquer grey door with handle-less cabinetry. To bounce the light around we used an off-white Quartz, built up to 100mm, this set the tone with the stunning overhang on the island creating a beautiful seating area for all the family. To accommodate all the technology we configured a bank of five tall units whilst on the island a bank of beautifully accessorized drawers sits below the induction hob and downdraught extractor.
To the right of the tall units the sink sits nicely in front of the window, complete with full sized dishwasher and pull-out waste bins and recycling. Further storage runs along the end wall whilst to the left of the tall units we designed the TV zone. Here we built a false wall into which we set a run of low level units and a column of LED illuminated glass shelves.
How it worked out
There is so much to this kitchen that it is hard to know where to start. The first thing that strikes you is just what an amazing space it is. The huge glass doors coupled with the sheer size and scale of the kitchen make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a movie set.
That changes the second you begin to touch and use the kitchen though, suddenly it’s more like being in a very expensive car showroom, a luxury, German car showroom of course. But the feeling of solidity, the reassuring weight of the doors and drawers, coupled with the beautifully tactile surfaces give such an overriding sense of quality it’s hard not be impressed.
The installation, and especially the attention to detail, are what make this kitchen so good. For example, check out the bank of isolator switches above the coffee machine, neat, tidy and super functional. And you find details like this all over the kitchen. LED lighting illuminates the stainless steel handless channel detail, drawers are beautifully accessorized , the 100mm quartz worktop with stunning overhang detail, the stainless steel plinths… the list could go on and on.
Every now and again a kitchen so beautifully encapsulates what we do that we wish we could pick it up and put in our showroom; this is definitely one of those kitchens.
What our customer said
“We had wanted to upgrade our kitchen and create an open living area for quite some time and we knew it would be a significant investment in the value of our house. Much thought was put into specifying the kitchen itself with visits to national shows to gather ideas. The big hurdle we faced was who to choose to make this dream a reality and to do it justice.
We needn’t have worried!
Black Rok have been superb from the start. They showed incredible patience with us during the design stage and numerous changes of mind on style, colour scheme, this work top, that work top and what size and shape the main feature island would be.
Each step of the way our thoughts were accurately reproduced in photo-realistic designs that made it really easy to visualise our plans. Sound advice and design expertise was on tap and readily accepted. How nice also to see the designer actually involved in installing the kitchen too! No contract kitchen fitters here! We felt that Black Rok were as emotionally committed to the project as we were and dedicated to the fine details.
Seeing the kitchen taking shape it was also abundantly clear that the German built units are of the highest quality and will be trouble free for years to come. Our thanks to Jamie and Ed for a truly fantastic job from start to finish. If you are considering a new kitchen, we have no hesitation to recommend Black Rok.”
This kitchen occupies a major part of a new extension added to a Grade II listed barn conversion. Our client was looking for something unique that would form the focal point of the space; aside from being a great place to work the kitchen also needed to be beautiful to look at.
The initial challenge was to work within four major design constraints. Firstly the AGA had to go on an internal wall, secondly, for structural reasons, the oak post had to be positioned no more than 850mm from the front of the AGA, thirdly the island had to start from the oak post, appearing to be a part of the building, and finally we had to try and lose the unsightly ‘step’ in the wall between the existing building and the new, glazed extension. You can see the story unfold in pictures in our photo montage video.
Working with such a big space is exciting, working within a big space that is tightly governed by the interaction between certain fixed elements is seriously challenging. It can seem incredible that in a space so big the success of a design can pivot on ‘finding’ a few extra centimetres to make something work. This design hinged on solving just such a problem, we had to find a way to make the space between the AGA and the oak post work.
We came up with the idea of rounding off the corner of the island, closest to the AGA, by insetting a solid oak butchers block into the quartz. Not only did this round off the corner perfectly but it also set a tone that would run throughout the whole kitchen.
We designed the AGA housing to have built-in solid oak shelving on either side with built-in LED down lights. The final oak element would be a substantial 100mm solid oak breakfast bar, sitting at right angles to the main island.
To mask the joint between the existing building and the extension we designed a section of drop ceiling which, in conjunction with a pair of 200mm deep larder cupboards, would hide the step and give everything the true built in appearance.
With the major structural considerations taken care of it was then a question of how best to arrange the appliances, storage and what finishes to use. The sink run housed a dishwasher, under counter freezer, waste recycling pull-out, along with some cupboard space and removable access for the AGA pump and stop-cock. The tall units were to house a full height, built in fridge, a multi-function oven and the two reduced depth larder cupboards.
The sheer size of the island allows for significant storage in the form of drawers and cupboards, it also houses a built in wine cooler, steamer, induction hob and the feature oak chopping block. Above it sits a remote control flush-fit ceiling extractor.
The island gave us a chance to do something a little bit special with the overhang detail. With integrated lighting installed under the 100mm Quartz worktop this detail really comes to life, whilst also physically connecting the island to the oak post. To further integrate the kitchen with the original building we designed a big and bold solid oak breakfast bar to fly at right angles from the main island.
How it worked out
That this project went so well is no small achievement. It goes without saying that there is tremendous potential for things to go wrong. Designing not only the kitchen but also a considerable amount of the wall and ceiling detail requires significant thought and attention to detail. Months before the kitchen was fitted key decisions had to be made and drawings produced to ensure the builders could prepare everything to the exact specification required. Get one of these things wrong and you have a very big, very expensive kitchen that will not fit in the space.
The design itself was always striking, but the way it works within the space itself, indeed the way it uses the details and quirks of the space, are the real achievement with this kitchen. The interplay between the wooden elements, the quartz, the cabinetry and the lighting capture exactly the unique specialities we have as a company. Designs like this go a lot further than simply arranging cabinets and choosing the colour of the door. It is the understanding of the various technologies and materials and how they will work together that makes these types of kitchen possible.
The attention to detail throughout, coupled with the quality of the finishes, is something that should be seen to be fully appreciated. The photographs do little justice to the overall effect and if you are serious about a kitchen of this type, the owners are so happy they will allow us to show perspective clients their kitchen.
What our client said
We have absolutely loved using our new kitchen created by Jamie and Ed at Black Rok in Uckfield over the Christmas holiday period. It’s a sure fire way to test out whether or not all the drawers, cupboards, appliances work in their nominated space within the centre of our home – I can tell you, Jamie helps you to create a dream that actually comes true.
Our journey with Jamie (and Ed) began over a year ago when we moved to the area, initial enquiries originally, ideas that grew and Jamie helped to turn them into a reality. He took our ideas and drew up endless plans for us to look at and consider, nothing was too much trouble. He led us through each step of the way and if we made a suggestion he would turn it into a practical reality so that it worked within the space. He supported our colour choices and even questioned them if he felt they wouldn’t work. My husband and I changed our minds from time to time and even had the odd disagreement (Ok argument!) in the showroom but the Black Rok team didn’t falter, just incorporated the changes into the designs. He spent hours at his showroom in Uckfield with us and here at home going over the finer details, nothing too much trouble. He worked tirelessly with the builders, electricians, plumbers and numerous tradesmen on the telephone, over email and face to face on site, so we didn’t have to. He kept us informed every step of the way.
When the time came to install our beautiful kitchen, Jamie himself and his team, Jake and Zac worked constantly and quietly, making sure each step worked like clockwork before moving onto the next phase (cleaning up after them each day). They all made it appear so easy asking questions when they felt they needed to but essentially just getting on with the job always polite and respectful of our living space.
The end result is just glorious, we love it, a dream come true and everything works together in harmony, the old, the new, the gloss, not to mention he also installed a sparkly new office along with an amazing utility room — the house is reborn.
We thank you Jamie (and Ed, Jake and Zac), you have created something really very special, but most of all you have created the heart of our home and we LOVE it.
Set within a high specification, interior designed property, this kitchen was as much about aesthetics as it was about functionality. The client was very keen that the furniture should appear built-in, with a small island and white quartz worktops. In terms of functionality a large oven bank with substantial refrigeration was required along with a varied array of drawers, cupboards and pull-outs.
To start with the design focused on how to best utilise the kitchen space to incorporate a fairly sizeable ‘wish-list.’ The shape of the room lent itself well to an island type layout, with two entrances, one leading to the lounge area and the other to a large, dining and living area. The flow was easy to achieve by grouping the appliances along the end wall with the gas hob and double bowl sink sitting along the back wall. The wall units were to be built-in using ceiling fillers sized to match the door widths, the look completed with LED down lights.
How it worked out
There’s a simple, elegant feel to this kitchen. The timeless white furniture and worktops giving our client freedom to play with various accent colours in due course. In fact, when we photographed the kitchen our client was deciding on the glass splash backs and was using the heather as a source of inspiration. The beauty of white is not only the versatility it offers but the way it maximises the available light. For a kitchen that does not have any windows, it feels wonderfully light and airy.
The simplicity of the design conceals considerable functionality with more than ample capacity for even the most serious of cooks. The ceiling fillers above the wall units are a nice detail as are the mitred corners on the island worktops and end panels. Simple, subtle and very, very stylish, it’s another Black Rok kitchen that’s so nice you just won’t want to leave.
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.
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.