Joe is the customer of your dreams, she knows exactly what she does and doesn’t like so when we met up at her newly purchased property the ideas were flowing and quickly dismissed.
Her property is a 1990s house which traditionally had individual rooms and she wanted to open up into a family kitchen/diner more contemporary open plan space. The kitchen was originally in the smaller room and the dining room was a large room with views over the garden.
I suggested moving the kitchen to the dining room and knocking the wall down in between as this was only a partitioned wall. After discussing this with electrician, plumbers and builders this could become a reality so we went onto the design of the kitchen.
The kitchen is quite narrow but to make full use of the space I suggested the kitchen be centre of the wall rather than against either corner with a parallel island and breakfast bar one side. I suggested building a fake wall around the back wall run of kitchen so it looked set into the wall, with spaces either side for chairs or built in shelving.
To keep with a minimalist look I suggested a Quooker tap to avoid a kettle on the work surface and suggested a downward draft hob to avoid an island extractor, but also giving possibility of pendants.
We went for a simple white handleless door which could be customised with other aspects of wood and colour. Joe found some beautiful encaustic tiles which she wanted incorporate so with this leading the design we used these as a splashback but replicated the pattern on the dining side of the island. The worktop is a simple light veined marble effect Silestone to give texture but not take your eye away from the tiles. To add some curves we added a circular breakfast bar for the family to use in the morning, which is in the same colour wood as the wall units and décor on the front of the island.
Cost of Project: £21,000.00View this retailer's profile