Our clients had done a lot of research on the type of kitchen they wanted and came to us because of both our high quality German kitchens but also for our extensive experience bringing these kind of spaces to life. The design was to make a large family kitchen with plenty of storage and to use a mix of different colours and materials to give the kitchen the wow factor.
As a young family, it was important to them that the kitchen was spacious, bright and durable. The hidden pantry was a brilliant feature for this kitchen and really is a wow factor. Being great for both storage and the odd game of hide n’ seek. For the cabinetry, we used a mixture of vintage oak and dark grey with ultra durable Deckton ceramic on the worktops.
The layout was established very early on in the process. The clients already knew what they wanted and from there it was our job to turn that vision into a practical and beautiful reality.
The vintage oak effect brings warmth to the room and works perfectly with the dark grey cabinetry. The room is large and bright with bi-fold doors with stunning views. The doors let in lots of natural light along with the skylights which really emphasises the dark colours. There is a large island in the middle of the room with an induction hob. One of the key elements was making sure the American fridge freezer, double ovens, microwave and coffee machine would all fit perfectly in the walled unit.
The most complicated part of this kitchen in terms of both design and fitting was the hidden door to the walk-in pantry. We created what appears to be a dark grey and vintage Oak cabinetry block with built-in appliances. But built into this is actually a secret door that leads into the walk-in pantry. The sleek and very cleverly designed pantry is beautiful with plenty of storage space and is a great way to keep the kitchen clutter-free. There were no door handles or hinges to be seen from the outside, the door catch was magnetic and opened with a gentle push and closed just as easily. One of the other challenges we succeeded in this kitchen was the filler panels that run all the way to the ceilings, these echo the door line detail and really transform the space.
How it worked out
The kitchen was a great success, it’s such a large, bright and airy room! The beautiful dark cabinetry works really well especially when mixed with the vintage oak, it brings great warmth and sets a lovely rustic tone against the dark grey. Our clients were really fun to work with and had a very clear idea of what they wanted to achieve, we are just grateful, as always, to be part of such a fantastic project!
The kitchen was installed beautifully by Ed, Zac and Jake. As always they rose to the challenges of the more technical parts, working closely with the other trades to ensure the clients dream became a reality. They are always professional and considerate when working in clients’ houses especially at the moment whilst working during the covid 19 pandemic.