how alex and tom did it

Ideal Home (UK) - - Kitchen Project -

‘The kitchen hadn’t been touched for decades and needed a to­tal over­haul. The big­gest chal­lenge was work­ing out how to fit in a din­ing area. In the end, we ditched the L-shaped lay­out and de­signed the room around booth-style seat­ing as our start­ing point. We took ad­vice from Bri­tish Stan­dard be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the de­sign and worked closely with our car­pen­ter who fit­ted the units to bring the room to­gether. I spent a lot of time sourc­ing things on­line. If you know what you want and have time to search, you can find things more cheaply and it en­ables you to find un­usual pieces. We ren­o­vated the en­tire house at the same time, so we moved out for a few months while the work was in progress. Over­all, the project, in­clud­ing the car­pen­try and dec­o­ra­tion, cost about £5,000, but the fin­ished kitchen looks a mil­lion dol­lars.’

‘THEY SHOW OFF OUR CROCK­ERY AND GLASS­WARE’be­low ‘THE BELFAST SINK IS FROM VILLEROY & BOCH,BUT I PICKED IT UP FOR LESS ON EBAY,’ SAYS ALEX. ‘THE WORK­TOPS ARE IROKO AND WE SPENT MANY EVENINGS OIL­ING THEM TO PRO­TECT THEM AND BRING OUT THE NAT­U­RAL COLOUR OF THE WOOD. I LOVE THICK WORK­TOPS – THEY JUST LOOK MORE SOLID.’Sim­i­lar Belfast sink, £186; brass mixer tap, £238.80; both Cox’s Ar­chi­tec­tural. Iroko work­tops, price on re­quest, Bri­tish Stan­dard MADE BE­SPOKE TO STORE BAK­ING TRAYS glazed Cab­i­nets LOW drawer

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