Beautiful Kitchens magazine – Sambourne kitchen

This kitchen was selected to feature in Beautiful Kitchens Magazine, April 2013

The Brief
To create a new kitchen and separate utility room with a feeling of spaciousness centered around a breakfast bar height circular feature table.  One wall to be given over to sliding doors opening along the whole length of the room.

The Result
A Stoneham kitchen using a Tate Light Oak door with a Pale Blue painted finish.

The client had done a lot of research and already knew the position of the range cooker and the basic layout. The challenge was to plan the kitchen around the sides of the room in an ergonomic way, to minimise traffic to and fro across the room and to incorporate enough storage and work surface area.

Careful planning grouped together all the food storage and pull out larder cupboards on either side of the Rangemaster fridge freezer.  The end of the tall units adjacent to the doorway to the utility was curved, both for aesthetic and ease of access reasons. The Miele coffee machine and Miele microwave were separated with an area of work surface between them, to create a tea/coffee/ breakfast preparation station on the opposite side of the room.  The wall above presented an ideal space to hang plate racks and cupboards for glasses.  Large storage drawers for crockery were situated beneath the worktop of this area, next to the double Fischer and Paykel dish washer drawers for easy putting-away access.

A Le Mans corner pull out for bowls/pans was housed in the corner next to the Butler sink which is roomy enough to soak large baking pans and saucepans. A favourite ‘Best Buy’ choice of the client was the Quooker instant boiling water tap, which is also useful for cooking, wilting spinach, cooking pasta/potatoes etc.

The classic double oven range cooker in black from Rangemaster was flanked by storage drawers on either side, and the run of unit rounded off with a signature Stoneham curve which mirrors the end of the tall units next to the fridge freezer. The oak mantel above the range cooker was chosen to give the kitchen a bespoke feel and to counterpoint the magnificent Mediterranean feature wall paper chosen by the client. The eye-catching splash back features Blue Glass tiles from Original Style.

A matching utility room was created which opens off the kitchen near the tall units, and the Himalaya Anapurna Opus Mix floor tiles were carried through into this area. The client wanted a seamless work surface, so Mistral was suggested, which is fabricated to seamless specification. The colour choice of Black Galaxy has flashes of blue sparkles in it, which perfectly complements the floor tiles.

The Feedback
‘This is my dream kitchen. I have exactly what I wanted. I was very impressed with Mark’s suggestions for the layout and the positioning of the appliances.  Working with a local company meant it was easy for them to pop in and check measurements with the builders whenever necessary – it was a very easy process’.

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