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Handleless satin grey lacquer kitchen with 100mm quartz

The brief

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.

before the kitchen was installed

The design

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.

initial stages kitchen installation

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.

Grey satin kitchen island in position

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.

kitchen island showing extent of natural lighting

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.

kitchen drawer insert

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.

siemens built in coffee machine

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!

100mm white quartz worktop

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.

kitchen and tv viewing

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.”

Karl and Tracy, Buxted

D.M.N.M GutteridgeD.M.N.M Gutteridge
22:08 21 Mar 24
Thoroughly recommend the Black Rok team. We put in a new kitchen and got excellent advice through the planning process. We asked to see a number of different layout options on the computer and Jamie was very patient and helpful. The installation team were first rate and took great pride in their work. Overall very satisfied.
Linda WoodhouseLinda Woodhouse
16:39 05 Dec 23
Having downsized, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of turning my narrow, shadowy, U-shaped, very basic kitchen into one that I actually wanted to spend time in. I now have a light, airy, functional space with practical ‘innards’ and modern, intuitive appliances. Thanks to Jamie and Ed the kitchen layout has been totally transformed and the best use has been made of the space with a sleek handle-less design and contemporary narrow worktops. Both Jamie and Ed have communicated professionally and openly at all stages of the project and Ed was even instrumental in steering me towards my final colour choices! I would thoroughly recommend Black Roc for their design and fitting capabilities.
steven eckhardtsteven eckhardt
15:00 20 Nov 23
WOW! Black Rok did a really fabulous job job with both design and fit. We have a high quality contemporary kitchen and appliances. The fit was done in just a few days with care and precision. We have had no issues but Black Rok have kept in touch and visited to ensure we are satisfied which of course we are. Fabulous colour and all very functional. Great decision to use Black Rok and we have no hesitation in recommending them.
Nigel BraggNigel Bragg
16:08 17 Apr 23
We have nothing but positive things to say about the team at Black Rok Kitchen Design. Having spent 3-4 years dithering over getting a new kitchen, we finally decided to take the plunge last year. We had 2 criteria: a sleek, modern, German style kitchen provided by an independent, local business with impeccable references. After coming across the Black Rok website, we were immediately taken by the striking designs and reassured by the volume of glowing customer testimonials along with photographs of recent projects. From the moment we met with Jamie in the Uckfield showroom, it was clear that he understood what we were looking for. Although we had some pretty fixed ideas on design and layout, Jamie was able to take those ideas and enhance them seamlessly into an overall design scheme that exceeded our expectations in all departments. We had a few design meetings, several phone calls and email conversations, and within fairly short order were signing off on a final specification for delivery in early 2023. In the lead up to installation, communication was great and the technical drawings provided by Jamie for layout of plumbing and electrical services were described by our builder as the most detailed and accurate he had come across. Indeed the Black Rok team came onto site during the preparation works to meet with our builder and electricians to ensure a smooth installation process. Everything was delivered on time and exactly to the agreed budget. The cabinets and interiors are really well made and constructed with an engineered precision you might expect of a German manufacturer. The installation team of Ed, Zac and Jake were really personable, treated our home with great respect and worked extremely efficiently to ensure the kitchen was installed quickly and accurately. They solved every problem posed to them, displaying great attention to detail and tidying up diligently at the end of each day. We are utterly delighted with the new kitchen, which certainly delivers a "wow" moment when friends and family come to visit. The quality of the workmanship is incredible value for the overall price paid. We still pinch ourselves when walking into the room and are so pleased with ourselves for choosing Black Rok.
philip mccabephilip mccabe
07:30 11 Jan 23
Fantastic, intelligent and responsive service from Jamie and Ed from start to end. The kitchen design stood out from the beginning for its attention to detail and a real understanding of what we wanted from the space. They recommended excellent builders and then worked with them to make sure that the end result was picture perfect to the design. Fitting was spot on from a skilled, diligent team and we were never kept waiting. Issues with 3rd party appliances were dealt with in a way which made it crystal clear that our satisfaction was the priority. Brilliant. Easy 5 Stars.
Helen DaviesHelen Davies
19:03 24 Oct 22
We are so pleased we elected to go with Black Rok kitchens, as they have designed and installed the kitchen of our dreams! Throughout the process, from design to installation we were reassured by the professionalism of Jamie and Ed. Jamie created a fantastic design for our kitchen and suggested ideas we had not previously considered and the installation by Jake, Zak and Ed has been completed to an exceptionally high standard! Nothing was too much trouble. If you're considering upgrading your kitchen, don't hesitate to contact Black Rok, you won't regret it.
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