Our clients were embarking on a kitchen extension. They were keen to have a solid statement kitchen, with simple, clean design to fit with the new light and airy space. The new “living-kitchen” was to be the heart of the home, with oak as the featured material.
We designed this sleek kitchen to meet their brief. From the entrance to the kitchen, the flow of the worktop leads the eye all the way to the view of the garden at the far end of the room. There is also a flow around the central island and breakfast bar. The living area, complete with log burner, leads through the dining area to the breakfast bar behind.
Kitchen and living zones
The kitchen design was to bring together the cooking zone on one side and the relaxing zone on the other. Bridging the centre of the room is the stunning kitchen island with a solid oak worktop. The long island combines vast amounts of kitchen storage with a seating area at one end and low level book shelves at the other.
The dark cabinet doors are painted in Farrow and Ball “Downpipe”. They contrast beautifully with the flood of light coming from the kitchen extension roof lights and wide bi-folding doors.
Combining worktop materials
On one side of the galley kitchen, the countertop is solid oak, as the crowning glory of the feature kitchen island. The other side of the galley kitchen is the more functional “business” side, where the sink and hob is located. This worktop is made from a solid surface material, which allowed the undermount sink to be molded and fused to create an integrated and seamless look. We also cut sink drainer grooves in the worktop which added functionality.
Eco kitchen units
All the kitchen cabinets we used are made from our high-recycled content eco-board, so are ultra-sustainable. Not flatpacked, these units are glued and doweled together and then set rigid square in a press. Solidly constructed, our cabinets stay square and are a strong foundation to build your kitchen around. While the units are guaranteed for 15 years, we expect them to last much longer than this, making your new kitchen highly durable.
The integrated larder unit is neatly tucked away behind a bank of cabinet doors. If you’re considering a larder for your new kitchen and need more advice and information on larders, see our article here on why the larder is the new must-have in your refurbished kitchen.
Also tucked away, but at the far end of the room, is a utility area and shower room.
The finished living space is a fabulous statement kitchen which combines classic shaker with a contemporary twist. We love it.