The kitchen is the heart of the home and is often the most scrutinised room when it comes to property value. Located in Gosforth, an area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the occupants of this home saw that their kitchen was in dire need of updating.
Tired and dark, it was hardly a space where dreams are made or conjured up. The expert kitchen planners at In-Toto Kitchens Newcastle came to the rescue and extended and created a new kitchen area that is open, sleek and light-filled; the best adjectives to describe a kitchen space. It's now an area the owners are proud to show off!
Let's take a look, shall we?
The outside of the house looks tired and worn with a small window looking out onto the courtyard.
There's not much going on; a clothes line and an unsurprising plant to add some greenery. Fortunately, it's in this space that the kitchen has been extended out onto, allowing the occupants to better interact with their outdoor area.
Dark and uninspiring, the original kitchen is certainly not a place that's conducive to creativity and inspiration. A small, ill-placed lamp attempts poorly to introduce more light but, as you can tell, it hasn't quite worked.
The space feels tight and overwhelming and is definitely not an area you can imagine spending hours slaving away to create your culinary masterpieces.
The view from this angle is not much better and, despite the availability of cupboard space, it still feels cluttered and cramped.
The choice of colour palette is also less than desirable as it looks outdated and drab. The window, while nicely positioned, doesn't direct the light as it should. Luckily, this space is no longer recognisable.
Wow, what an impact! It's hard to believe this is the same space we viewed in the images prior. Light-filled and open, the spatial layout of the kitchen, thanks to the renovation, has improved leaps and bounds.
The new arrangement means guests and occupants can interact whilst cooking, creating a space that is wonderful to entertain and relax in. The kitchen range used in this project is the In-line Fiala 675/337 Cashmere Super Matt.
From this angle you can see the relationship with the kitchen and newly renovated outdoor space. The bi-fold doors blur the line between indoors and out, giving the occupants the opportunity to feel closer to nature as they cook.
As you saw in the image, above, the dining room table was in direct view of the kitchen island, as is the table outside. This means, depending on the weather, the owners can easily transport the prepared food and drink to an outdoor or indoor setting.
The new kitchen layout is far smarter and practical than its predecessor. Sleek white kitchen cabinets line the walls, with the most important appliances lined up in a row against the wall.
The bold pop of curry yellow highlights this unit and complements both the silver and white on display perfectly. The horizontal nature of the cupboards elongates the space, contributing to the already open and spacious feeling in this kitchen.
The outdoor space is now friendly and bright with a fresh lick of bright blue paint applied to the surrounding walls.
Modern yet eclectic in feel, this is certainly a spot the occupants would enjoy throughout the warmer months. It's a little oasis of calm and respite to help rebalance inner city living.
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