The owners of this busy, family home in Kent approached us to redesign their kitchen having been very satisfied with some work we had done for them in a previous property.
We were delighted to get involved and our designer soon set about making a focal point of the AGA, which needed to remain where it was, meaning it was vital that the rest of the design worked around it. With this in mind, we aligned the island and the pendant lighting with the AGA and then installed traditional cabinetry around it. The design of the cabinets includes a central line which continues the whole way around the kitchen, creating a classical, yet contemporary look. This was a first for a Rencraft design and works beautifully tying the whole scheme together.
Continuing with the idea of a clean, contemporary style, we kept the cabinetry light and used Frosty Carrina quartz for the worktops. With a busy family life, it was crucial lots of storage was built into the design, which would help maintain the clean look of the kitchen. The breakfast bar therefore includes a cupboard for storing worktop appliances such as toasters and mixers, ensuring the worktops can be kept clear of clutter. The sliding doors are close to the seating and breakfast bar, making it simple for everything to be taken out and placed on the island for a family breakfast.
Zones such as this were crucial to ensure that the family could use the kitchen from a practical point of view. Other areas include the pantry and fridge freezer, which are placed close together for the easy organisation and unpacking of food. In addition, the sink area has been zoned to include the dishwasher and bin, allowing for easy cleaning at the end of a meal.
The client also requested a wine store, which was inbuilt into the alcove by the wood burner. This not only provides useful storage but brings the scheme to the other side of the room and harmonises the space. A bronze mirror behind the walnut wine cabinet adds a hint of glamour to the room. Additional storage is provided by the wine chiller in the island, which also frees up space in the fridge.
The result is a sleek, contemporary kitchen which will stand the test of time. Despite its seamless appearance, it is also a hugely practical space with a great deal of storage and carefully zoned areas. The client was kept in mind throughout the creation of this kitchen, and it is filled with small details tailored exactly to their needs.