Designer    Case Study 01 Sep 2014

Contemporary Family Kitchen: Halcyon Interiors take on a Victorian open-plan kitchen design

Two adults, two teenagers, a fleet of bicycles and a cat needed plenty of living space in the open-plan kitchen of this Victorian home

Uncluttered family living was the aim for Susan and Tony Hayes when they redesigned and extended the kitchen of their Victorian home. After creating a cloakroom and cycle storage in the cellar, they asked Ashley Collins, Sales Director at Halcyon Interiors, to design a sleek Alno kitchen in the newly extended ground floor.

The owners wanted a contemporary kitchen with an open feel, long low units and some interesting features. The design also had to accommodate access into the cellar where they wanted to be able to store bicycles without too much difficulty.

“I was asked to design a timeless kitchen with an island that was not too large as space was required for the dining area,” says Collins. “I was also asked for an island hob and seating near the garden end.

“It was a challenge to design an island with a hob but no hanging extractor – the ceiling was too low and there was no space for a built-in ceiling hood.”

The solution of a downdraft was perfect for this project. Susan Hayes said: “We opted for the pop-up Elica extractor which also acts as a splashback on the cooking island. It has proved successful and a great kitchen toy!”

The seating by the window was achieved by a lower unit at the end of the wall run which helps to break up what would otherwise be just a long white worktop.

For the kitchen itself, a matt lacquered white finish was chosen for the Alno Star Fine units so that it wouldn’t create too many reflections and clutter the clean line, while touches of Alno Star Natureline walnut veneer add warmth to the design and tie in with the walnut floor. The units are topped with hard-wearing Glacier White Corian to withstand the demands of family life.

Appliances from Siemens, Blanco sink, Grohe kitchen mixer and boiling water tap by Quooker complete the spec.

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Published in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine