Having taken a close look at their Pinterest boards, there were plenty of images that reinforced their preferences towards ‘industrial’ and ‘nautical’ inspired design. They were very open to the idea of embracing newer technologies and creating a space that not only served as a kitchen; this has to be the hub of the home that the family could comfortably dine, entertain and relax in.
The property is narrow and deep, yet 3 stories high. Because of this, particular attention had to be paid to maximizing the space available, whilst providing storage solutions to help maintain the room as a de-cluttered environment. The whole renovation had to be sympathetic to the architecture of the property, whilst pushing the boundaries of what was possible.
In order to accommodate a large dining area, we incorporated upholstered bench seating that also doubled-up as additional, concealed storage. This helped maximize the walk-through space between dining and kitchen and the contrasting Scion upholstery added a pop of colour in what would otherwise be a blank wall. The tall storage units either side were manufactured to accommodate the boiler, vacuum and a variety of plant. As the finer detail was not available when designing this area, repeated site visits had to be carried out in order to ensure every component was manufactured to perfect proportion.
The ‘Elica Nikolatesla Flame’ venting hob was still not released in the UK, but we knew that it was the only option available that met our clients’ requirements. They were keen to have a gas hob, but resented the space that was wasted on wall extraction. They were one of the first clients to have this installed and it worked true to Elica’s high standard. This also freed up the upper cabinetry to accommodate large cabinetry with sliding doors, which are much easier to access than standard hinged offerings.
The tall Liebherr wine conditioner was on Mr Handscomb’s wish list, but how could we accommodate such a large appliance on the stairs? A mock staircase was built to determine the perfect opening position, whilst ensuring that it didn’t foul the stairs.
We took a close look at the flooring that our client had chosen and the Egger ‘Oiled Kendal Oak’ carcass finish tied in perfectly. It felt important to do this to ensure that finishes were consistent throughout. The wire mesh glazed doors, antiqued zinc worktop, Neolith island and Farrow & Ball ‘Railings finishes all lean towards the industrial, whilst the lime upholstery, pendant lighting, T&G door styling (combined with shaker) and oak flooring marry perfectly to provide that fresh, nautical contrast our clients were looking for. – Stewart MacPherson, Designer (Treyone Kingsbridge, Devon)
Colour: Farrow & Ball Railings
Worktops: Neolith, Basalt Grey Satin and Distressed Zinc
Sink and Tap: Blanco, Quooker
Appliances: Elica, Neff, Miele, Liebherr
Designer: Treyone Kingsbridge, Devon
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