Project Type: Kitchen Design

Bespoke Kitchen design London

Kitchen extension – Kent

The thing about kitchen design (or in fact, interior design) is that a lot of people think they can do it.
To a degree, they can, but its always best to speak to a professional when spending thousands of your hard earned money to create a space you’ll be living in for years to come. The decision affects how you live in the space as well as the resale value of the home.
This client knew what they wanted and they provided a layout to represent this. After going over a couple of concepts, we needed to sit down and understand how the family worked as a dynamic. Where they spend most of the time, where the kids do their homework and indeed who cooks, how often they cook and how they cook.

The result was this:

Kitchen design
Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Kitchen Design – Battersea

In London, space is of a premium. As a result, the majority of my designs are minimal. This doesn’t mean you can’t be adventurous with designs and colours. Quite the opposite in fact. The limitations almost encourage you to think outside the box.

Kitchen

When a couple in Battersea approached me and initially wanted a black and white kitchen with an island, we went through a couple of concepts. I took their architects’ floorplan and created a 3d visual of what the new basement would look like which gave them a real-world understanding of the space and what could be achieved within it.

Being a basement conversion, we had many discussions about the use of black and white. ‘Black’ isn’t a typical go-to colour due to the low ceilings and inherently dark nature of a basement. After many discussions, the colours changed.
We lost the white.
I thought black and white would be a bit too 80’s and using only white is just too clinical for a space like this and they didn’t want a wood grain. We also needed more storage space so, why not 2 islands? (the clients’ idea, which I thought was brilliant). Lighting in the handrails to add some elegance and use a lacquered gloss finish to reflect the space to make it look bigger.

Worktops

An emerald green granite worktop was used, which carries on to the splash back. Useful to note that you can request the offcuts if there are any left over. In this instance, they used the offcuts for a couple of coffee tables (first image below)

All of which ties in beautifully with the grey tones they wanted for the rest of the design.

Appliances

I offered some guidance on appliances, most of which are by Siemens. In this instance, I left purchasing up to them. Sometimes there are better deals to be had online.

The result is below.

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Battersea Basement Kitchen designBattersea Basement Kitchen design

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Gloss white kitchen design

SW London Kitchen Design

White gloss kitchens are what I try and avoid designing whenever possible. It’s been done too many times, it’s too clinical and is a bit too Howdens (no offense Howdens).

So I designed a white gloss kitchen…

Kitchen and Appliances

This client was lovely. Their one prerequisite was that they wanted to keep all the appliances. As a rule this isn’t an issue at all. In this instance, however, all the appliances are American and we all know American = massive.

American appliances work in America. In London, however, space is of a premium and we were working to the millimetre on this project in order to make everything fit. I do understand why they were kept. Gaggenau* and Viking are beautiful appliances and the kind of appliances that you fix rather than replace.

The space was previously finished entirely in a walnut veneer. Which is nice and expensive but also very dark. It doesn’t make an enclosed space feel open, at all. Add 4 walls to this and not much natural light and it creates an incredibly confined space to cook and entertain in.

The solution was to take out 2 walls, adding just over a metre onto the width, supported with an exposed steel, roof lights and structural glazing together with folding doors for additional light and a more open-plan feel.

Using a minimal white gloss kitchen made the space look even more light and reflect the surroundings which also complimented the (massive) stainless steel appliances. Painting the rear wall a dark blue (Farrow & Ball, Downpipe) made the wall the focal point and still kept the contemporary open plan feel.

Worktop:

The quartz worktop is ‘super white’ which has a very slight grey fleck which compliments the stainless steel of the appliances. 100mm upstands behind the sink and the island installed as 1 large single piece.

Extremely happy client = Happy designer.

*I know Gaggenau are German. This particular oven was the EB333 which is rather wide.

 

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SW London Kitchen Design

SW London Kitchen Design

SW London Kitchen Design

 

Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design – Wandsworth Common

Certain designs are challenging. I often find the simpler the design looks, often the more complicated it is.

Not in this instance.

In this instance, the client was complicated. Very. (Also hope she’s not reading this…)

Kitchen:

The kitchen itself was quite straightforward. Concrete finish, modern, minimal design. Certain design features were included; A herb garden inset behind the sink. A door on the outside of the island in the same finish as the floor. This freed up the internal corner and provided additional storage. It shouldn’t have taken 364 emails to accomplish this but somehow did, I counted.

Sadly the built-in herb garden wasn’t implemented. Which is a bit frustrating as I was personally looking forward to seeing it! (It’s not all about me….apparently)

Worktop

Neolith Estatuario was used for the worktops and also as a splashback. We dropped it to the floor at the end of the island in order to give the kitchen a nice finished look.

Extending the worktop behind the sink enabled the kids to sit and do their homework there. The height of the step made it possible for standard dining chairs to be used rather than bar stools.

Appliances

I’ll often suggest appliances to my clients but depending on the brand they’re looking for, sometimes electrical goods are cheaper online. It’s just how it is. In this instance, the client chose all their own appliances, which included an integrated dishwasher, oven, induction hob, integrated hood and built-in coffee machine.

Coffee machines are seldom called for these days as they are very expensive and people often opt for a built-in microwave or steamer instead as Nespresso machines are the norm in many households.

I’m really happy with the result and more importantly, the client and her family are too.

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Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design SW London

kitchen design clapham

Kitchen Design – Clapham

“White” – the standard London apartment colour probably wasn’t going to happen if I had anything to do with it. There are many, many other options available and this client, an artist herself, was open to suggestion.

Kitchen

The wonderful thing about London properties is that they have rather high ceilings which compensate for their tiny size when it comes to storage. This particular refurbishment of a one bedroom property in Clapham was no exception.

Due to the small size, I wanted the wall units on the wall you see as you walk in, to be higher than the ones you don’t see. This gives a more open feeling. The last thing you want is to feel cramped in an already small space. Sufficient storage was provided in this manner.

The very faint grain in the lacquered finish doors added a degree of character and warmth to the kitchen. Minimal handles which attach to the top of the drawers are discreet and work better than using handleless in this instance (the channel in a handless kitchen can be quite bold and can be an unwanted focal point)

Worktop

White Corian was used for the worktop and sink. White glass splashback reflects the space to give it a slightly more open feeling.

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Kitchen Design Clapham

Kitchen Design Clapham

Kitchen Design Clapham

Kitchen Design Clapham