The brief for this kitchen was very much design led, whilst still needing to be a functionable kitchen that would get a lot of use. It was to avoid the cluttered feel of a fully fitted kitchen and to have nice clean lines. We achieved this by avoiding the use of wall or tall cabinets. The fridge freezer and oven housings are similar in height to the customer’s gorgeous dresser cabinet that they wanted to incorporate, creating a lovely sense of balance either side of the island.
We created a stepped shelf area behind the sink in the granite upstands, giving us a small ledge to stand plants and herbs and make a stunning feature of the natural granite. Our worktop fabricators (Battaglia granite and marble) did an awesome job of installing the worktops so that the pattern followed through each upstand, sill and splashback perfectly.
The island is the social hub of the kitchen with the hob and the breakfast bar seating. We used a metallic carbon door on the island to give a slight shimmer to the finish and create a wonderful contrast to the lighter pearl grey used elsewhere in the kitchen. The addition of the flip-top socket means that you have power to plug in blenders etc or can sit and work from the breakfast bar side of the island.
We put up a stud wall to create a separate utility area; giving access to the laundry appliances but also keeping them out of sight from the kitchen area. This also created additional worktop space, ideal for the small infrequently used microwave.