This project was a few years ago now but involved turning a former utility room into a kitchen. Such projects have become more commonplace as creating a kitchen has often developed into minor, or even major, building works. Many of our kitchens have come to be family rooms that bring in the outside, through vaulted, well-lit, ceilings or push out into the garden with large glass doors harnessing the light and colour from the great outdoors. This kitchen has gloss black, under-worktop cupboards and island as well as having the microwave and oven placed beneath the large gas hob. Extraction is directly overhead allowing a cook to face the room and yet avoid unwanted cooking odours or excessive steam or smoke. The bank of floor to ceiling cupboards at the end of the room surrounding the fridge are in contrasting gloss cream that lightens the room. Other lighting is generous from both windows on either side of the kitchen augmented by plenty of down-lighters.
Cooking appliances are by Neff and the double door fridge is from Fisher Paykal. Worktops are granite that has been etched around the edge as well as for run-offs into the double drainer sink with built-in waste disposal. Sleek aluminium drawer and cupboard handles set-off the gloss cupboards well. Flooring here is wood which runs into the adjoining dining room that has the AGA from an earlier kitchen. A useful backup for when the meal suits an AGA’s steady and relentless temperature or if numbers are high. The kitchen is painted in cream to match the taller cupboards at the end. It is interesting to note that there are no wall cupboards along the sides of the kitchen which allows more light from windows and gives the kitchen a feeling of space, given that it was a utility room before.