Talk To Your Kitchen Designer

Talk To Your Kitchen Designer

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges when embarking on a new kitchen design is trying to imagine the room empty of furniture, and avoid being influenced by the existing layout. You may wish to to go further and take out an internal wall, or that built in larder in the corner.
Visualising a new kitchen design and layout has been greatly enhanced by the development of sophisticated computer aided design software. In addition to vast libraries of cabinet styles, appliances, sinks, taps and work surfaces, we can now tile the walls and floors, dress the windows, and in addition to producing detailed floor plans and elevations, we can create 3D colour rendered images of the finished design. This may also involve seeing just what a difference taking that dividing wall out or adding a small extension.

But there’s obviously more to it than the ability to manipulate images on a screen. The first step is to start gathering ideas. Looking at the large number of kitchen magazines is a good starting point and you may also know someone who has been through the process recently with whom you can share the experience. You may even know someone who we’ve recently worked with.

bespoke painted kitchen designerThe initial research should help create a wish list which should include what sort of cooker are you looking for; keep in mind some of the recent developments such as:

  1. Combination microwave ovens
  2. Steam ovens
  3. What are your requirements for refrigeration?
  4. Are you happy with a solid timber work surface or would you prefer the solid beauty of granite or a composite such as Caesarstone.

Choosing a solid surface opens up a number of possibilities for under mounted sinks, and don’t forget new innovations such as hot taps.

Once your Kitchen wish list has been put together, it’s time to talk to your kitchen designer who will help you explore and develop your ideas.

The ingredients of our successful Kitchen designs are based on knowledge of the market, many years experience, and the ability to listen and translate your requirements into a design that will make the time you spend in the kitchen a more rewarding and enjoyable experience

Kitchen Design | An Eco Friendly Approach

eco friendly kitchens

An Eco Friendly Approach

Having recently completed a kitchen design project for a leading environmentalist, we were prompted to examine in more detail how we approach this aspect of our business.

As designers, we are responsible for a number of areas, and sustainability is often high on the list of priorities for a number of our clients.

Many people assume that sustainability is mainly about materials, but it’s also about the way we use our kitchens, the waste we create, the energy we use and the water we may waste.

Good research and the product knowledge gained from over 30 years in the industry can result in a number of significant savings and improvements and whilst we won’t save the planet over night, we can all help make a difference.

Domestic appliances are responsible on average for about half the energy consumption in a house, and the kitchen contributes a large percentage of that usage. Careful selection of appliances with a minimum energy rating of A+ or better still A++ will really make a difference to those energy bills. These ratings can also apply to water consumption, so don’t forget the dishwasher. Have a look at market leaders www.neff.co.uk for some great and innovative products.

Recycling and waste in another challenging area. Waste disposal units are worth considering, particularly if you’re not able to compost and we can offer a range of waste management systems that can be integrated into the cabinetry with options to sort the rubbish as you go. The ultimate solution is almost certainly a compactor more information on this is available at www.krushr.com.

Returning to our approach, our cabinets are manufactured in Sussex and delivered to site with the minimum of packaging. Our suppliers are all aware of our environmental policies and we are always working on ways to improve the way we deliver our product and service in the light of the challenges we all face.

We are always happy to receive feedback or ideas, so get emailing.

Galley Kitchen Designs

fitted kitchen designAccepted by many as the easiest to work in, the galley kitchen design can often be one of the most difficult to design and can easily become a boring corridor.

The room can often be narrow, and with two people working in the kitchen, the traffic can become a problem.

One of my favourite solutions is to break-front the cabinets using angled units or simply drop the depth of one section back to a run of shallow cabinets. Reduced depth cabinets can be very useful and save you having to rummage around for those small items that always get lost at the back.

Try to avoid too many tall units as they will certainly make the room feel smaller and overbearing.

You can enhance the visual effect by introducing different surface materials or for something different, try insetting timber drawer fronts into a painted frame.

Open wall units or just shelving will also help reduce the tunnel effect, and again, they don’t have to be the industry standard depth.

Bespoke solutions for awkward spaces.

Why Choose a Solid Kitchen Work Surface


Granite Worktops SussexNow a popular choice, granite offers a highly durable and easy to maintain kitchen work surface and is available in a wide variety of shades and colours. Quarried from all over the world, natural stone offers unrivalled opportunities to not only enhance the value of your new kitchen, but will help create a unique and elegant look.

Choose from a range of black’s and grey’s to the more patterned and exotic colours such as Kashmir Gold or Giallo Veneziano. The range available is extensive and can add yet another exiting element to your painted kitchen.

kitchen work surfaces

For a more contemporary look, consider a Quartz based material from companies such as Caesarstone or Silestone. Consisting of approximately 93% natural quartz, these materials offer a versatile alternative to natural stone and are also non-porous and scratch resistant.

All these materials can be seen at our local supplier www.francistatemarbleworks.co.uk in Worthing and they are always happy to help and advise.

Keeping Up With Fashion: Kitchen Design is About You

Like the fashion industry, trends in kitchens change fairly rapidly. What was the height of fashion 15 years ago may have changed or moved on. But does it matter?

Kitchen Design is About You

Essentially it’s about you, and what you’re comfortable with, we’re assuming of course that the design and layout functions well, and it’s a fun place to work in and entertain your friends.

Most people will stamp their own personality on the room, a favourite piece of artwork, a display that includes that treasure you found at the antique fair, or that collection of family photographs.

Painted kitchens certainly offer the flexibility to change or update the room when you just fancy a change. A new paint finish, and perhaps a change of handles can make a significant difference, how about using two different colours, change a couple of solid wall unit doors for glazed ones, add some new lighting or tiles.

The smell of freshly ground coffee is even better when it’s from that trendy new machine sitting on the work top.

And of course, I almost forgot, the aroma of that Boeuf bourguignon in the oven just completes the picture.

 

Kitchen Design: Escape from the traditional kitchen layout.

kitchen layoutEscape From The Traditional Kitchen Layout

With Kitchen Design & Layout there’s nothing wrong with the tried and tested “U shape” or “L shape” design or my personal favourite, the galley design layout, but with friends and family all trying to help make the salad, stir the soup or slice the bread perhaps it’s time to try a new approach to your kitchen design and layout.

Try A Different Approach

This recently completed project included two separate islands in addition to a short sink run, two tall larders and some additional work surface.

This layout meant it was comfortable for two or three people to all help prepare the evening meal, whilst catching up on the day’s events over a glass or two of wine.

Kitchen Floor Plans Rescues

Is the layout of your kitchen a challenge?

Kitchen Floor Plans Rescues

Are those trips between the sink, cooker and the fridge often interrupted by unexpected traffic, do the open doors get in your way ? Does the worktop space somehow disappear under a mountain of clutter? Then you could have a kitchen floor plan possessed by problems.

The challenge faced by many is trying to adapt often inadequate space into a working environment suitable for 21st. century family living where you can entertain as well as cook.

The availability of truly bespoke cabinets together with imaginative and knowledgeable design skills will go a long way to solving most of these problems. Units don’t have to be a standard depth, or height for that matter, and shaped work surfaces can help ease congestion in narrow areas. The wide variety of appliances available today will also contribute to solving some of the problems encountered in your average English kitchen.

Our portfolio of work, assembled over the last 30 years illustrates some of the ways we have addresses these challenges with some interesting solutions.

Counter Point: Kitchen Counter Tops Design Ideas

Kitchen Counter Tops

Kashmir WhiteThink of all the abuse your work tops take in the course of  a day, chopping, pounding, heat, moisture, and of course, those germs !

Well you’re spoilt for choice, and you can mix surfaces to add interest and improve function.

Hardwoods such as Oak or Beech are popular and can add a
feeling of warmth to the kitchen. Although requiring some extra care, treated
properly with Danish oil wooden tops will provide years of service, and if scratched
can usually be restored with the aid of some sandpaper.

For those looking for an almost maintenance free surface,
granite offers a wide choice of colour and pattern, unmatched beauty and
durability.

Other materials that have gained popularity over the last
few years include man made Quartz products from companies such as Caesarstone
and Silestone. Some of these new products include bacteriostatic  protection, helping control those germs !  Our local supplier www.francistatemarbleworks.co.uk
is a good starting point for research.

A Design statement

Franke: Celebrating A Design Statement

Franke is celebrating 100 years in business with its state of the art Centinox sink along with two stunning taps and innovative accessories. The Centinox sink encompasses all the elegance, style and precision engineering expected from Franke. The new Slim-top inset sink edge gives the appearance of a fashionable undermount sink.The profiled edge incorporates a lip into which practical, innovative tiered accessories fit and slide. Designed to slide within the sink are the stylish Rollamat, stainless steel strainer bowl and two sided stainless/synthetic chopping board. For more inspiration go to www.franke.co.uk

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