In Brief

A lovely kitchen-diner space created by knocking together several smaller rooms. The new design features a fabulous quartz breakfast bar and a host of fantastic appliances including two ovens, a warming drawer and a wine fridge.

In Detail

This lovely kitchen-diner and utility are centred around a fabulous quartz kitchen peninsula which incorporates a wine fridge, a breakfast bar seating area and a pop up kitchen socket.

The brief

Our clients wanted to create a large, airy kitchen-dining room across the rear of the house. They were keen for it to make better use of the space and take advantage of the aspect to the garden. We knocked three smaller rooms through to create one much larger kitchen space with a flow-through utility area adjoining it.

The kitchen design

Bespoke designed, the kitchen-diner is the culmination of thoughtful consideration. Painted in a soft light grey, the timber doors are easy on the eye. The solid oak open shelves above the sink match those at the end of the kitchen peninsula. They also tie in with the smaller unit’s worktop and upstand in the dining area. The timber shelves conceal flush under-mounted energy-saving LED lights to light the sink area below. All hinges and drawer runners are solid and come with a lifetime guarantee from Blum.

Kitchen peninsula

The design is centred around the kitchen peninsula, which forms an L-shape through the centre of the space. The peninsula offers a great seating space along one side, and functionality along the other, including a wine fridge for entertaining.

Sustainable cabinets

Not only solid and built to last, the design is highly functional as well. The kitchen cabinet bases are made from high-recycled content MFC, these cabinets are super sustainable. They are glued and dowelled, then set rigidly square in a press. Starting off square, they stay square – the perfect foundation for a solid kitchen. Guaranteed for 15 years, but we expect the cabinets to last much longer. Exactly what you want when you’re investing in a new kitchen. The longer a kitchen lasts, the more sustainable it is.

Functionality: pop up socket and more

Also key was incorporating high-end technology and gadgets, including a pop-up socket in the Quartz IQ worktop atop the kitchen peninsula. Now, the room boasts underfloor heating, two fantastic single ovens, induction hob and under counter wine fridge.

New kitchen layout

The original kitchen was much, much smaller. The footprint of the new space covers the space of the old kitchen, a living room, WC and utility room. The images below show the development in progress. By relocating the WC to just outside the kitchen and using RSJs to open up the space, the entire room benefits from the flow of natural light through the patio doors.

The new kitchen design works much better as a social space, allowing cooking, food prep and dining in one characterful room. Our client was keen to mix a modern and contemporary style with their more traditional family heirlooms, such as the dining table and chairs.

The result

The finished space is a stunning grey kitchen-diner with large kitchen peninsula which houses a wine fridge and a pop up kitchen socket.

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