When I work with developers, I often research the area and houses that are on the market and recently sold. This for me is critical as the kitchen is the heart of the home and needs to always be one step ahead of the other houses on the market who are in competition with my clients developments.
After researching properties for sale in the Suffolk area for a similar value, I noticed that the interiors in a lot of the houses on the market were of traditional style and looked somewhat outdated.
To make this property more attractive to the targeted audience of the London commuter, I opted for a modern interior with a traditional twist to show homage to the listed former forge.
With that in mind, I wanted the forge to have a new lease of life. I have shown the brickwork cleaned and repointed with Dektonclad coping stone and end panel down stand. The chimney was fully re-constructed and clad in Dektonalso. I also believe the oak beams would be more prevalent in my design as opposed to the two shown.
The kitchen design I opted for has multiple selling opportunities for the Estate Agent. The tall bank itself cleverly hides entries to the Utility Room and the Pantry. Through experience, this concept of hiding various rooms has created surprise, mystery and appreciation as a talking point to the prospective owner.
During the redevelopment, we would ask the developer and builder to move the waste to allow it to be on an island. I opted for two islands in the design as I wanted to create multiple working zones that the client can sit, cook and enjoy entertaining in their kitchen.
I chose V-Zug Ovens as I can incorporate the main oven, steam and microwave within two ovens.
I chose the Bora Classic 2.0 Venting hob as we have the option to either recirculate or vent the exhaust air discreetly underneath the floor.
I choose to use Fenix for the islands from our Italian furniture manufacturer, Zampieri. This allowed me to use the same surface for the doors, panels, worktops and integrated sink, creating a sleek, clean and practical look.
On the tall bank, I opted for a dark wood veneer finish in a staved style. To me this allows the tall bank to be the real focal point of the space.
In the dining room area, I decided to use full height crittalldoors that overlook the garden, bringing in maximum natural light and easy access for outdoor entertaining.
I wanted the furniture in the dining area to be similar in style to the crittalldoors to keep the theme flowing through the full project. I achieved this by using black anodised aluminium framed glass door from the XP range of Zampieri. These units are set in to the wall and are LED back lit as a feature which really stands out.