How He­len and Rob did it

WHAT I learned “When ev­ery­one saw the is­land on the plans, they were con­cerned by the size of it, but it re­ally works for us and we’re so pleased that we stuck to our orig­i­nal idea”

Ideal Home (UK) - - Kitchen Project -

‘We had four small rooms at the back of the house: a dark hall­way, a break­fast room, the kitchen and a sun room. It didn’t work for us, and there were no views of the gar­den, so we took down the walls and re­placed the sun room to cre­ate one big space. We wanted to use lo­cal busi­nesses as much as pos­si­ble and found our kitchen just up the road at Davon­port Fur­ni­ture. Their de­signer added ideas we hadn’t con­sid­ered, such as the float­ing units. I didn’t want white units in such a big space, so chose units in a mix of two sub­tle greys. The project took five months in to­tal and the build­ing work cost £55,000. We’ve now got a com­fort­able, mod­ern space full of my favourite grey tones and with plenty of ovens for some se­ri­ous cook­ing. It was ready by the sum­mer, so that gave us the per­fect ex­cuse for a party!’

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THE PULL-OUT LARDER UNIT MEANS THAT HE­LEN CAN SEE ALL HER SPICES, SAUCES AND CONDI­MENTS AT A GLANCE, RATHER THAN HAV­ING TO RUM­MAGE AT THE BACK OF A CUP­BOARD. WHEN CLOSED, IT LOOKS LIKE PAN­ELLING

Fridge freezer with ice and water dis­penser, £1,333, Caple RIGHT

HE­LEN WASN’T KEEN ON CHUNKY UNITS CUT­TING DOWN ON FLOOR SPACE, BUT FLOAT­ING STOR­AGE KEEPS THE OPEN FEEL AND HOLDS EV­ERY­DAY CROCKERY

Walls painted in All White es­tate emul­sion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Far­row & Ball. The Hamp­stead clock, £230, Way­fair, is sim­i­lar above

‘PUSH­ING THE BUT­TON ON THE SPACE-AGE EX­TRAC­TOR FAN AND WATCH­ING IT RISE UP OUT OF THE WORK­TOP IS SOME­THING I NEVER GET FED UP OF,’ SAYS HE­LEN. ‘IT’S BARELY VIS­I­BLE WHEN NOT IN USE’

Down­draft ex­trac­tor, £1,949; iq 100 in­duc­tion hob, from £549; both Siemens

MEANS NO DUST TRAPS OR CLUT­TER ON TOP‘WE LOVE TO EN­TER­TAIN, SO WANTED PLENTY OF OP­TIONS ON THE COOK­ING FRONT. WE CHOSE TO SETTWO EYE-LEVEL OVENS PLUS A COM­BI­NA­TION OVEN AND MI­CROWAVE INTO THE RUN OF UNITS ACROSS THE BACK WALL SO WE DON’T HAVE TO STEP AROUND GUESTS AT THE IS­LAND’ be­lowiq700 oven with mi­crowave, £1,004; iq700 sin­gle oven, £955; iq700 steam oven, £945; all Siemens. Sile­stone Quartz work­top in Blanco Norte, £5,700, Davon­port Fur­ni­ture full-height units

LETS LIGHTFLOW INTO THE AD­JOIN­ING UTIL­ITY AND CLOAK­ROOM Glass door

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