Havana influenced kitchen
The Client’s Brief
- A Traditional Painted Shaker kitchen with a contemporary feel
- To be creative with the space
- Dining area seating for 6 to 8 people
- Soft seating area and breakfast area
- Designated surface area for coffee machine/bar area
- Plenty of worktop and cabinet storage
- A pull-out larder pantry for dry food storage
The client was recommended to us by a colleague at work
They had been to a couple of kitchen companies but to date had not seen a design that maximised the full potential of this rather unusual U shaped space. We were asked to look at the kitchen with fresh eyes and create a design that not only provided a lovely new functional kitchen but also fulfilled the sociable aspects of the space which were hugely important to the family.
The main aim was to create a kitchen design to allow the whole family to enjoy eating together, enjoy the sun room and for it not to feel cluttered.
Admittedly when we carried out the initial site measure it was clear that the space was going to be a challenge for our design team in order to meet the clients brief. Maximising the potential of the space was going to need some ‘out of the box’ thinking.
Our clients so far believed that the only way to incorporate a large dining table within the area would be to place it in the sunroom at the expense of having a soft seating area there. However, our designers thought that would be a shame as it was clear that our clients wanted the sunroom as a soft seating/TV room area. This had worked well for them in the past and was a space that they enjoyed using. So, this became our focus for the design to achieve their dream space.
We suggested removing two low walls that were positioned below a square arch, once the outside window and door dividing the kitchen and sun room. By doing so we could keep the kitchen in its current position but could now increase the usable worktop space by wrapping the kitchen units and worktops around the archway nib and into the sun room. By running the worktops from the kitchen around the nib, we could link the two rooms and the space would become one as opposed to two separate rooms.
Keeping the existing kitchen at the galley end of the room relied on adding a small section of wall adjoining the entrance doorway to cater for the extra 150mm required to make the tall unit configuration possible to include an extra tall pull-out larder, another box ticked to meet the brief. In addition, by keeping the kitchen in the same location yet extending it further into the sunroom we were left with the entire wall opposite the entrance door to incorporate a built-in corner banquette seating area surrounding a large bespoke dining table. This meant we could achieve every aspect of our client’s brief.
Radius units were used on the peninsular to soften the flow to the sunroom and its seating area. Grey mirror splashbacks were used to enhance the feeling of depth to the entire space and to guide the eye to the extending units within the sunroom.
A statement chandelier above the dining table, a feature Falmec extractor set against a full height stone upstand with full height mirror panels to either side were used to give a feeling of height and width to this narrow galley kitchen area.
With their open-minded approach to the project and a willingness to consider an increase in budget we could exceed our client’s expectations for the design for their space. They have said that their new space has transformed the house into a completely new home that they absolutely love.
- Kesseler Markham Lay-on laminate wood effect Shaker.
- Factory sprayed door fronts in Light Grey (any Farrow and Ball colour available).
- Grey Green Avola 18mm MFC complete rigid carcases.
- Archi-Tech glass sided metal drawer boxes with glass sided pan drawers in dark grey anthracite with anthracite cutlery inserts.
- Polished Quartz worktops and splashback in Bianco White with fine grey chips.
- Smoked Grey Mirror wall cladding.
- Chrome knobs and cup handles.
- Bespoke Banquette, fabric and upholstery by Spencer Marchand.
- Chandelier, bespoke gloss lacquered veneer table and dining chairs by Spencer Marchand.