After moving home, Carol Hewett and her family were keen to remodel their new kitchen space. Having worked with Marnus Turrel, director and designer at Charnwood Kitchens, on their previous property, he was the Hewetts’ first choice to create an exciting family kitchen for their new home.
What was the brief?
Marnus: “The Hewetts wanted a functional kitchen that would suit their busy family life. A practical design with an abundance of handy appliances.”
Carol: “It was important to us that everything was hard wearing and simple to maintain, particularly with two small children around. We also wanted a separate dining area, rather than using the island to eat.”
What style were you looking for?
Carol: “We originally leant toward a traditional kitchen, but ended up opting for a modern, handleless design after seeing a similar style in the Charnwood showroom.”
Were there any kitchen must-haves?
Carol: “We saw a Sub-Zero fridge freezer at a friend’s house and fell in love with the masses of space and its stylish stainless steel look. Plenty of food preparation areas were another must-have, as we are very keen cooks!”
Tell us about the kitchen
Marnus: “The whole kitchen is bespoke, especially the interesting finish on the island. The Hewett family wanted something really different, so I advised on a pearlescent Gunmetal finish, which is very unusual; we had to outsource the spraying to a specialist. The kitchen island has generous amounts of worksurface space, which brings the chef into centre stage. It features Caesarstone worktops throughout, creating a uniform effect, as well as a striking contrast to the island cabinetry.”
Were there any challenges?
Marnus: “The biggest challenge was ensuring there was adequate ventilation for the hobs. The house already had a wet underfloor heating system in place, so it was not an option to dig up the floor to fit ducting for the extractor. The Hewetts also did not want an extractor to hang above the island, so I had to find a system that would recycle the air within the kitchen, without external extraction. The Bora downdraft system helped to achieve this extremely well, and it saved us the arduous job of digging up the floor and altering the existing heating system.”
Are you pleased with the final result?
Marnus: “The space is very airy and modern, perfect for a serious cook, and it also works well for entertaining.”
Carol: “We rarely leave the kitchen now. We spend most of our time there – it is perfect for us!”