HOUSE BEAU­TI­FUL SAYS...

House Beautiful (UK) - - Kitchen Makeover -

‘Black and white is a clas­sic com­bi­na­tion that can be up­dated with colour­ful

ac­ces­sories. The lay­out makes the space more open and so­cia­ble.’

What prompted the up­date?

The kitchen is at the front of the house and there was a sep­a­rate din­ing room next to it. About four years af­ter we moved in we built a con­ser­va­tory at one end of the din­ing room, which we used a lot dur­ing the sum­mer for re­lax­ing and eat­ing in. But one space, either the con­ser­va­tory or the din­ing room, was al­ways empty and that seemed a waste. As the chil­dren got older it be­came even more im­por­tant to spend meal­times to­gether and it made sense to knock down the di­vid­ing wall to cre­ate one open-plan space.

How did you progress from there?

We en­gaged a builder that we’d worked with be­fore and trusted. He had an 18-month wait­ing list, so we used the time to do some prod­uct re­search and gather de­sign ideas.

Tell us about the new lay­out

With the re­moval of the di­vid­ing wall, we con­sid­ered swap­ping the kitchen and din­ing ar­eas, but there was so much pipework in place for the orig­i­nal ar­range­ment that it didn’t make fi­nan­cial sense to do so. I was happy to con­tinue with the sink over­look­ing the front gar­den and we added a cen­tral is­land for ex­tra stor­age and to cre­ate a break­fast bar.

And the style you wanted?

Con­tem­po­rary and clean, sim­ple and un­fussy. My main fo­cus was keep­ing the space light and choos­ing de­signs that would

look good for years to come. I love the ap­pear­ance of large-for­mat floor tiles and I’d seen some at a friend’s house that I knew would be great here. They’re pol­ished, so they re­flect the light and they re­ally help to make the space flow.

What about the cab­i­nets?

We were cer­tain about our builder but it was much tougher to find the units we wanted! I went to lots of show­rooms and was in­spired by some of their ideas but I was fix­ated on things like the qual­ity of the units, the shine of the gloss and the way they were con­structed – I be­came a bit of an ex­pert.

Were the ap­pli­ances dif­fi­cult to choose, too?

We’d had Neff ap­pli­ances with­out a moment’s trou­ble in 18 years, so that was an easy choice, and we kept our old fridge-freezer.

Did you bag any bar­gains or splash out on treats?

Our din­ing ta­ble was a bril­liant find, cost­ing just £20 on Ebay, and we also snapped up four din­ing chairs for £130. How­ever, we did splash out on two wine cool­ers to go un­der the is­land, one for red wine and the other for white.

How do you feel about your kitchen now?

It’s fan­tas­tic that we can all be in here to­gether and the room is used and en­joyed by us all ev­ery day.

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GLOSSY FIN­ISH

A com­bi­na­tion of grey and white re­flec­tive units keeps the look sleek, while the pol­ished floor tiles help re­flect more light

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