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This nearly 7m run was being massively underutilised. My first task was to rework and maximise this space. The result enabled me to accommodate a full height fridge and freezer in the kitchen.

The area dedicated for their separate coffee room was far too small and isolated. Instead I introduced a lit pocket door breakfast/coffee station in the tall bank of the kitchen. I repurposed the space intended as a coffee room to be a downstairs cloakroom accessed from the hidden utility.

The rest of the tall bank compromised a separate lit pocket door baking pantry, space tower, hidden utility entrance and still allowed for a row of three cooking appliances.

The pantries provided two additional workstations, allowing small appliances to be ready for use, whilst keeping the central island clear. The use of pocket doors allows the doors to remain open when being used without getting in the way.

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To add impact and height to this room I used custom, vertical grain wood effect door, leaving a 50mm plinth line. The change in ceiling height is blended in with the kitchen by each door being spaced equally to step seamlessly with the change in height.

The colour palette on the island concerned me. They were looking to make a statement but opting for anthracite, one of the biggest sellers! I encouraged them to be bolder with matt black as block colour. All island doors, finger rails, plinth, wrap around surface, sink and Quooker in black.

To make this cohesive, I reflected black in the tall bank with black plinths, a slim black ceiling scribe on the taller doors, long black knurled handles, black carcases, drawers and sockets.

The overall visual is one of simplicity but this space is far from it. With every finish matched and entwined seamlessly throughout. Every mm of space utilised, maximising storage, ergonomics plus hidden tech. This is the level of detail that makes this kitchen stand above the rest.

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Project cost: £37,000.00

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