Friday, 27 February 2015

Thinking on our feet, well on a step to be more precise.

We are just getting into production on this stunning Shaker kitchen to be installed in London Hampton, in the spring.

For our original design we thought that the steps to the playroom would be contained in the playroom, however after visiting the property we soon realised that the steps would encroach into the kitchen. The design needed a re-think - time for some problem solving!

We had suggested doors either side of the step, but the opening of these would now be restricted. Access would be awkward and the doors would likely become damaged over time by colliding with the step.

We therefore decided to raise the doors up, so that they would clear the step and could be opened fully, without restriction. We then created deep drawers at the bottom, which could either be restricted in depth to prevent collision with the step, or full depth with restricted access due to the step. The second option does still require a bit of care to ensure the drawer doesn't sustain damage over time!

With its high vaulted ceiling, this kitchen should be absolutely stunning when completed, and we look forward to hopefully sharing it with you in the future.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Deep colours from Corian

Corian manufacturers Dupont are rolling out new 'Deep' colours. With pigmentation throughout the material, they offer a richer colour, and open up the options for colours for kitchens.

The Deep colours can be used for doors and drawer fronts in contemporary kitchens, as their stronger pigmentation means that light scratches will be much less visible, an issue which previously limited Corian kitchens to light colours such as Glacier White.

As you can see from the image below, which contrasts the new Deep Night Sky on the right with the original Night Sky on the left, the new colours are much stronger.

At present only two of the Deep colours are recommended for kitchen worktops, Deep Night Sky and Deep Black Quartz, however more are expected to follow soon, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Feature in EKBB March 2015

For those who love our Southfields Handleless Shaker kitchen, you might be interested in picking up a copy of the March 2015 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine.

The magazine has chosen to feature one of our recent kitchens which features our bespoke Handleless Shaker style and carrara marble worktops and splashback, in a beautiful open plan extension with large sliding doors.

If you would like to take a closer look then you will find us on pages 46 to 53.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Insinkerator releases new '3N1' tap

Boiling water taps are a growing trend for kitchen renovations, and one of the most popular manufacturers with our customers is Insinkerator.

They already offer stylish taps supplying filtered water at 98°C, with combination hot and cold taps also available, but they have now brought out a 3 in 1 model as well.

Insinkerator's 3N1 hot tap offers standard hot and cold water from the mains as well as 98°C filtered water. They are currently available in polished chrome and brushed steel only, however they plan to release coloured versions soon which would look stunning in a contemporary style kitchen, such as our Primrose Hill contemporary Corian kitchen.

These could offer a very neat solution for clients wishing to have the option of boiling water as well as standard, but without the need for multiple taps cluttering the work space.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Shaker kitchen with a contemporary twist.

We love our Battersea handleless shaker kitchen and so did Beautiful Kitchens, who chose to feature it in their November issue. Click here to see the article.

For this design we gave the idea of a traditional Shaker kitchen a 21st century shake up. The simple clean lines created by push to open drawers and carved handleless doors with thick glacier white Corian worktops, complimented by warm oak interiors, give the kitchen a modern feel, but without it looking out of place in its Edwardian setting.

Along with the wide drawers on either side of the range and a large wet island with hidden storage on the back, this kitchen features an impressive tall run. Clients often tell us that they love our larders, and this one is no exception to that! This oak larder features a fit-out combination that is extremely popular.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

It's all about the finishing touches!

Warmer metal finishes are becoming increasingly popular in residential design. Whether you are trying to achieve a contemporary look or a more classic approach, such as a framed, Shaker kitchen, there are options out there to suit any taste.

Applying copper or brass to your kitchen can be a great way to add warmth and texture, whilst also creating visual interest. Popular ways of introducing these warmer finishes are through the use of antique bronze for handles and hinges, such as these Antique Kitchen Cupboard Knobs from Armac Martin.

We recently came across taps from Rudge & Co, which are available in a 'Weathered Copper' finish, shown in the image here. These would add a touch of elegance to one of our traditional kitchens.

Or for our more contemporary kitchens, perhaps the contrast and simplicity of Tom Dixon's brass and copper pendant lights could be a wonderful addition.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Handleless Shaker in Beautiful Kitchens

One of our Handleless Shaker kitchens has been featured in the November issue of Beautiful Kitchens.

This kitchen breaks from our standard Handleless Shaker style as it includes flat, push to open drawers rather than the carved version we usually use. This increases the contemporary, streamlined feel of the cabinetry.

A thick Corian worktop in Glacier White compliments the contemporary cabinetry, supplied by Higham Furniture.

If you would like to have a closer look at the design then pick up a copy of the November issue of Beautiful Kitchens and find us on page 57.