Kitchen of the Week: A Sleek, Sophisticated Space for Family Living
A newly extended kitchen features not one, but two island units, both for practicality and to cleverly divide the open-plan space
Ellson radically redesigned the house by knocking two rooms into one, and opening up the ground floor area with a large, modern extension to the rear. The result is a spacious, contemporary kitchen with fabulous views of the garden – perfect for family life and entertaining.
‘The original kitchen was very dated and dark, with a traditional orange and brown colour scheme,’ says Heeles, who designed the new space. ‘Now the style is contemporary, but it still blends in with the period look of the house.’
Who lives here Joan Beer, a property manager, her husband, Stephen Beer, a company director, and their three daughters
Property A detached Victorian house with 4 bedrooms
Size The kitchen is 7.5m x 7.2m; the whole open-plan space including the kitchen, dining area and living space is 53 sq m
Designer Duncan Heeles of Kitchens International
‘Joan wanted a contemporary kitchen that would quietly relate to the rest of the open-plan room,’ says Duncan Heeles. ‘To link the new extension with the existing late Victorian building, the builders used honey-coloured sandstone salvaged from the original exterior wall.’
A dramatic pendant light from BoConcept draws attention to the dining table, which, with its curvy design and leather-clad benches, offers a softer contrast to the sleek, streamlined kitchen cabinets.
Bellagio dining table and chairs, Koinor.
‘They wanted the kitchen to feel part of the whole space, not just be tucked away in a corner, hence having two islands,’ explains Heeles.
The designer took a modular approach to the kitchen by creating distinct zones with the help of two island units. The first (white island) is a food prep zone close to the dining area. This leads seamlessly into the cooking hub, with appliances banked along one wall, which is then linked to the dining area by the breakfast bar.
‘The main challenge was to ensure this large space, which could almost be described as cavernous, was transformed into a stylish cooking, eating and dining area, with good ease of movement for the whole family and a natural flow between the different zones,’ says Heeles.
Ceres cabinets, Leicht. Single oven; steam oven; combination oven; warming drawers, all Siemens.
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The island consists of grey laminate topped with a darker worktop. Soft grey walls provide a link to the island and the darker area creates a subtle yet harmonious contrast to the lighter cooking and eating spaces at the front of the room.
‘With such a high ceiling, it was crucial to choose cabinets that wouldn’t dominate,’ says Heeles. ‘The solution was to build housings around the cabinetry that take them up towards the ceiling.’
Amazon 20mm worktop, Silestone. Walls painted in Charleston Gray, Farrow & Ball.
‘Although it looks as if it’s suspended from the ceiling, the canopy is actually attached to the wall,’ says Heeles. ‘It provides a visual division between the cooking and eating areas.’
A redundant recess in the old brickwork was the perfect spot for a bespoke bar area.
Haiku 20mm worktop, Silestone. Cirrus ceiling hood; wine cabinet, both Gaggenau. Chrome Ball pendants, BoConcept.
An induction hob and teppan-yaki hotplate on the island offer myriad cooking options for the family.
Flex induction hob; teppan-yaki hotplate, both Gaggenau.
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