This kitchen was to be part of a large, detached property set in the beautiful East Sussex countryside with amazing views. The property was in the process of being redeveloped on a grand scale and we were thrilled to have been asked to design a kitchen to fit into the client’s dream house.
The kitchen is a large double aspect room with bi-folds leading into the garden. The clients wanted a central island as the centrepiece with seating at one end. Then wall and base units on the north and south sides of the kitchen. The style was to be a white and oak handleless kitchen; contemporary and elegant, with a ‘wow’ factor.
The kitchen needed to house plenty of storage and appliances such as an oil-fired Aga, two ovens, a combi microwave oven, a coffee machine, a dishwasher, an integrated fridge with a water cooler. They also wanted to include an integrated freezer, white wine chiller, two sinks, boiling water tap, pull-out bins and recycling, and a large induction hob. The clients wanted to have a clean and fresh overall look.
This was a big kitchen to design. Our designers and fitters worked alongside other professionals to complete this kitchen.
It worked out well and was relatively straightforward considering the scale of this job. One of the biggest challenges was carrying in the very large and heavy Caesarstone worktop for the island. This took a lot of manpower to do this.
The island was the main feature in this kitchen and was 5 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and 100mm thick. The island housed plenty of storage in drawers and cupboards, a sink with a Quooker boiling tap, and a large induction hob.
The cabinetry was a mix of white and oak veneer handleless units with led lighting throughout the kitchen.
Down one side of the kitchen, we had a run of cabinetry which housed the ovens, microwave and coffee machine along with base units and a sink area. Down the other side, the units were very carefully housed around the beautiful black Aga with a stunning white splashback. The cabinetry above the Aga was single cupboards to conceal the extractor fan. The mix of white and oak veneer cabinetry really bring warmth to the room.
LED lighting illuminates the stainless steel handleless channel detail and vast oven bank to great effect, whilst the island sits impressively within the space. It is often the way the various elements are integrated with one another that makes the difference in the overall feeling of quality, The result is stunning simplicity.
How it worked out
On a project such as this one was, it is a huge triumph when it comes together so successfully. The overall effect is a beautiful large and functional kitchen, which the clients are very happy with. The use of such varied finishes and textures creates an organic feel to the space. The beautifully simple, handleless kitchen hides a world of functionality, features and intricate design details. Achieving such precision over a large scale like this, and having the ability to communicate all the details, not to mention the exactness, of the structural requirements, is key to the finished result.