There are few bigger road tests to determine whether a room works well for the purposes of entertaining than a party for 50 teenagers, but this stunning kitchen passed with flying colours. With four growing children, Simon and Kay Lear, were keen to ensure that a new open-plan kitchen and dining area for their detached Victorian property, built in 1878, met both existing and future socialising requirements.
“It was important that this could be a space for our children to use as they grow older,” recalls Kay. “For Nyah’s birthday, we held a party for fifty thirteen to fifteen-year olds and it was perfect.”
The couple enlisted the services of Kevin Robertson, senior designer at Ultimate Kitchens, to create a contemporary Poggenpohl kitchen in a new extension at the rear of the property, incorporating clean lines that would not date but had a unique touch.
“We chose Poggenpohl because, when you think of German kitchens, you think reliability, which is really important in a busy family,” says Kay. “We looked at a number of options, but Poggenpohl was the one that combined robust construction with style.”
Kevin explains, “Kay and Simon wanted a stunning family kitchen. With four children, there is always a lot going on and the Lears also like to entertain, so this needed to be a family room, dining
room, breakfast room, kitchen and party space. The kitchen needed to be modern, in keeping with the bright, spacious extension, but I didn’t want to go all white as this can look cold.”
The chosen cabinetry features white gloss and matt grey units with Corian worktops, with the wall units set against a silver, mirrored splashback to give the appearance of floating.
“We liked Kevin’s design for the space from the start, but it was helpful that we could explore different options. Kevin showed us visuals of how alternative colours would look. The visuals were very realistic and helped us decide on the final finish.”
To read more about Kay and Simon’s stunning kitchen scheme, pick up a copy of Utopia’s May 2018 issue, here!