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Lucy is a wheelchair user whilst her husband is not, and therefore their most important request for the design was to cater for them both equally, especially with the seating arrangements. The couple advised they struggled to imagine a design with both high- and low-level seating as part of an island which was another vital request. In order to incorporate both, I created an L-shape worktop plan consisting of a 300mm overhang for Mark, broken up with an extended low level table at perfect height for Lucy’s wheelchair. The two areas are close so the couple can socialise in the kitchen easily, with the extended table coming of the island at the end leaving a hollow space for the couple to sit facing each other if required. 

To ensure Lucy’s comfort, we ensured a 1500mm space around the island, ideal for a wheelchair turning circle. However, the gap between the sink run and island was requested to remain at 1100mm so that Lucy could promote her independence and hold onto both sides when out of her wheelchair. 

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Storage has been maximised across the whole design by using drawers across the entire island, storage beneath the low-level table, storage larders and pull down mechanisms for easy access. 

NEFF slide + hide oven was installed to ensure Lucy can get as close to the oven whilst cooking in the safest way. The NEFF touch to open dishwasher was also incorporated to ensure the couple can get easy access in every circumstance. 

I have also incorporated a matching TV media display to ensure the open plan rooms feels connected. 

Open shelving was used to break up the long length of units to ensure it feels open and spacious. 

The colour combination of two shades of grey with the warmth of Walnut was suggested to help Lucy achieve the modern but not too modern look she wanted.  

Lucy and Mark later returned to us to get their matching dining table in the Walnut colour, and had a matching utility room to suit. 

  • Range – Nobilia Kitchens 
  • Colours used – Black / Stone grey / Walnut 
  • Appliances – NEFF:
  • Pyro oven, combi microwave oven, induction hob, ceiling extractor, dishwasher touch to open.
  • Caple – wine cooler
  • Sinks + Taps – Blanco 
  • Worktop – Silestone Et Staturio 20mm – includes full height splashback
  • Features – LED lighting, low level table, media display, open shelving, prep sink
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Project cost: £28,714.29 (kitchen only; furniture, worktops, appliances, lighting, fitting)

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