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Imposing White and Oak Handleless Kitchen with Quartz Worktops

white and oak handleless kitchen in fairwarp

The Brief

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.

white kitchen island with oak

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.

The Design

This was a big kitchen to design as part of a large scale redevelopment of the existing house. Our designers and fitters worked alongside many other trade professionals on-site in order to complete it to our clients exacting standards. A bespoke steel frame also had to be designed and fabricated to support the weight of the island worktop.

lifting heavy kitchen quartz worktop into place

One of the biggest challenges was moving the huge and very heavy Caesarstone worktop for the island. At 5 metres long, 1.4 metres wide and 100mm thick this required some extra manpower and a lot of precision to get it placed just right.

The island housed plenty of storage consisting mainly of drawers, a prep sink with a Quooker boiling tap, and a large Siemens induction hob.
The cabinetry was a mix of white lacquer and oak veneer handleless units with led lighting throughout the kitchen.

white kitchen island with oak fairwarp

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. On the opposite side, the units were very carefully housed around the beautiful black Aga with a stunning white glass splashback. The cabinetry above the Aga were flap door style units, one of which concealed 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 delighted 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.

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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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