In Brief

Extended light and airy kitchen-diner with painted solid ash shaker doors and fabulous feature solid oak breakfast bar. The dark blue painted cabinet doors provide a lovely contrast to the solid oak and the pale solid surface worktop.

In Detail

Our clients were embarking on a kitchen extension. They were keen to have a solid statement kitchen, with a large kitchen island. The design was to be simple and clean so that it would be in keeping 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 with a large kitchen island to meet the 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. We made sure 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.

We painted the dark cabinet doors in Farrow and Ball “Downpipe”. This colour choice contrasts beautifully with the flood of light 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 are located. This worktop is made from a solid surface material, which meant we could mould and fuse the undermount sink below 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. Firstly, these units are not flat-packed, they are glued and dowelled together and then set rigid square in a press. Secondly, the units are solidly constructed, to stay square and form 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.

Larder storage

We tucked the integrated larder unit away neatly behind a bank of cabinet doors. By doing this, we kept the clean lines of the kitchen and ensured the space would feel tidy. If you’re considering a larder cupboard 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 hidden utility area and shower room.

The result

The finished living space is a fabulous statement kitchen which combines classic shaker with a contemporary twist. We love it.


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