Our client wanted to renovate their home including an extension and new kitchen. They wanted an industrial, modern kitchen which would be open plan having a snug area and dining area. They wanted a utility space in the room and a larder unit.
They wanted it to be a social space, with some seating on the island which could be used for family life and for entertaining friends. The TV needed to be seen from the kitchen so big games could be watched whilst dinner was cooking but it also needed to be not in your face so the kitchen was still the star of the room.
Their space was so large I needed to be careful not to overwhelm it with units, especially as the clients had fallen in love with a navy blue. We decided on keeping the tall units by the new sliding doors where the most natural light would be coming in, this meant we could get away with bigger blocks of colour. Within these tall units we housed the French door Fisher and Paykel fridge freezer, a larder/pantry unit which housed their microwave and a utility unit to house their new boiler, washing machine and storage for cleaning products.
We then started discussions on cooking appliances. They were undecided between range cooking and built up ovens, but when discussing further we decided that range cooking would suit the industrial feeling they wanted while giving the modern look from using the Fisher and Paykel 1200mm wide Range Cooker. We then started playing around with extraction around the range, whether it would be hidden into units, on display or as a mantle. We came to the agreement a mantle would give more interest into the room instead of a large section of wall units and would be easier to clean than a free fitted extractor. Once we had decided on a mantle, we played around with positioning it on the wall facing the sliding doors, or on the large run. The large run allowed more space around which helped make it a feature of the kitchen.
The navy blue cabinets were originally paired with a marble looking quartz, until we began discussing Corian and it’s benefits. After looking at samples we went with Corian White Onyx for the worktops, cleverly creating a raised area behind the range and hiding the join into the swirls on the island. To finish the look off we went with stainless steel cup and knob handles from Mereway which emphasised that industrial feeling.
Originally, we were looking at glass splashbacks, which would have the brick image printed onto them, however even though this would then be easier to clean we couldn’t avoid the fact we felt we were losing some of the character that proper brick slips brought, so they were the only choice.
As the room is so big lighting played a key part, I worked with the builder to frame the roof lantern which could be independently switched to create ambience lighting as well as putting some pendants on the island. We added in under cabinet lighting which could be used in addition to down lights, used as task lighting or used as ambience lighting. When we added the under unit lighting you could see the texture in the brick slips and it just set the room off.
Cost of Project: £34,653.92View this retailer's profile