Utopia    Real Home 23 Oct 2017
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This bespoke kitchen provides a perfect social hub for the entire family

“We wanted a kitchen that looks stylish yet functions well for the whole family,” explains homeowner, Laura. “We wanted a modern space that
wouldn’t age quickly with lots of storage.”

The family asked for a classic and timeless design, that would link the garden to the house – a family space to enjoy while their boys are still young – and this is exactly what they got with this sophisticated, modern and family-friendly kitchen scheme.

“We always loved at doors and wood inlays, but we were brave and went with the darkest shade of grey and we are so pleased we did,” she added. “It’s contemporary, stylish and it won’t date too quickly. We love the huge larder, the wood interiors and exterior and the island and breakfast bar.”

“If you want an open plan kitchen and island, the important thing to look at is the size of the island that can’t in the space,” advises Allison Lynch, Design Consultant at Roundhouse. “Where the cooking will be, the preparation work and the sink and wet area, it’s good to check if the sink or hob will go on the island to find out if extraction in the ceiling is possible or if the drainage can move. Also, it’s important to work out the layout of the dining room table and the sofa or family area.”

The Quooker boiling tap is one appliance Laura says she can’t do without, as she loves the convenience of having boiling water literally ‘on tap’.

“The existing kitchen needed updating and the only layout we wanted to keep was the utility room but
it was more or less a blank canvas,” says Allison. “However, the neighbour had already completed their extension and so we looked at their kitchen to get a sense of the new space, only they had a traditional kitchen and Steve and Laura wanted a modern style.”

The couple chose an URBO handleless kitchen in a blue-grey colour with some timber as
well. The worktops are a composite stone
and the splashbacks are colour glass.

“I love the island because it was important that Laura could cook and still socialise with the boys and see everyone,” continues Allison. “Laura found some really comfortable stools that suit the kitchen really well. The glass splashback is another lovely finish that reflects light and yet very practical for a kitchen.”

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Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine