Matrix Kitchens_ChelseaContemporary Kitchen, London
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Choose your extraction methodDecision number one will be whether to go for a ducted-out or recirculation extractor, as this will determine where you can – or can’t – position it. ‘Ducted extractors pass the air through ducting and remove it completely from the building,’ explains Roberto. So you’ll need access to an exterior wall or similar. ‘This effective method of extraction tackles smoke and odours well.’A recirculation extractor works by taking the air and passing it through a filter before it exhausts that air back into the room, rather than expelling it outdoors. The filter needs to be changed every few months. Though this may be less effective than a ducted-out model, there are advantages. ‘You don’t need to plan for ducting,’ explains Roberto, ‘and you’re often able to place an extractor in a traditionally unsuitable location.’ If you live in a flat, say, this might be your only option. ‘They are also quick and easy to install, making them a cost-effective option,’ he adds.Many hood styles can be configured to either recirculation or ducted-out extraction. Talk to your kitchen fitter about the options and limitations for each within your proposed design.
Include your island in the equationIf a room has enough space for an island, it will happily form at least one point of the triangle, often becoming home to a hob or sink. Here, there are two elements along the back run of cabinetry, with the fridge-freezer’s bulk minimised by a wraparound unit. Breaking out of the triangle is a wine cooler, putting it within easy reach of guests and making your dinner parties very popular!