Having spent considerable time looking for the perfect kitchen, and not being able to find it on the High Street, our clients realised that commissioning a bespoke kitchen was the only way to get exactly what they wanted.
The first meeting took place at our workshop - the clients were keen to see our set up , see work in progress and get a feel for how we could work with them. From this meeting a design brief was established - the kitchen had to be unique, practical, robust, contemporary, and timeless, made with contrasting woods and have sufficient storage to allow for clutter free surfaces and finally there should be no plant on handles on any of the doors and drawers. Budgets were discussed and the architect’s room plans were left with us.
Designing a kitchen is as much about creating a practical working space as it is about creating a beautiful room. We focus first on the layout and the practical issues such as storage, appliances and services and having blocked these out in our preliminary drawings we can concentrate on the aesthetic side of the design.
The kitchen would comprise of a sink run, appliance garage and island with breakfast bar. As with most kitchen projects our layout was governed largely by the room size and layout as designed by the architects. The kitchen had full aspect glass doors overlooking gardens and beautiful countryside so it was important that we should try and maximise these views – this had a large bearing on the position and orientation of the island.
The detailed brief had given us a clear direction to follow and we had included 22 drawers - deep pan drawers to shallow cutlery drawers. Two of drawers were made with thicker drawer bottoms and heavyweight runners to take heavy Le Creuset pots and pans.
We designed the kitchen in elm and walnut - both traditional materials but used in the right design capable of creating a contemporary look - burr elm was used for detailing on some of the drawer fronts.
Corian, practical, robust and contemporary, was proposed for the work tops and sinks.
We presented our designs with combination CAD drawings to show a proposed layout plan and hand sketches detailing the scooped handles and sculptural breakfast bar as well as elevations of the individual cabinets. Finished samples of the Elm, burr elm and walnut as well as the corian were also presented.
Manufacture took 8 weeks, in which time the clients visited the workshop a number of time to see progress. Our skilled fitters ensure that our exacting making standards are maintained throughout the fitting stage. We go to great lengths in the workshop to ensure that onsite fitting goes as smoothly as possible as we are very much aware of the disruption that installing a kitchen can cause.
A pre delivery inspection is carried to ensure that the site was ready for the kitchen.
Once the cabinetry id fitted we digitally template for the Corian work surfaces. When the templating is complete the electrical and plumbing works can be carried out – appliance installed and sinks plumbed. The kitchen is then wrapped and protected to ensure nothing gets damaged whilst the Corian is being fabricated.
We arrange a follow up visit a month later to check everything is ok and nothing needs tweaking - everything looks great and it is fantastic to see the kitchen as the centerpoint of our clients home.