House Refurbishment & Extension, HighburyTransitional Kitchen, London
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Choose wiselyA smart way to stay on budget is to think carefully about which elements you want to spend more on. “There are ways of compromising without necessarily appearing to compromise,” says Katie. “For example, you could select a simple, cheaper kitchen cupboard but choose not to compromise on your worksurface, as this will help deliver the wow factor you want,” she says.“Trust me,” she adds, “if the worktop is impactful, no one will even notice the cupboard, which is essentially a box below it.”Find kitchen fixtures and fittings in the Houzz Shop.
The kitchen units are from Ikea, while the fronts are from a company that makes made-to-measure doors and accessories. “If it’s fitted properly, Ikea stuff is really robust and great for modifying,” Trevor says. “You can make it work in any space.”There wasn’t room for an island, but Trevor thought it was important the owners had a place to stand and face the rest of the space. “We built a peninsula at the end, which also works to clearly define the kitchen from the rest of the space, and provides an extra worksurface,” he says.The curved design seemed more practical, particularly with small children running around. The zinc worktop contrasts with the simple white quartz worksurface elsewhere.Kitchen units, Ikea. Doors, Homestyle. Zinc worktops, UKAA.