I have very fond memories of the times I spent at home around the kitchen table when I was a child, helping Mum bake some cakes, usually creating a real mess with flour all over the floor. Dad would be helping me with my homework, although his spelling was almost as bad as mine. And of course, Sunday lunch with all the family around the table was always a focus for the week, no interruptions from mobile phones in those days !kitchen design

So you could argue that with the pressures everyone is working under today, all running around in different directions, the focus of the kitchen as a hub for family life has become even more important.

Major developments in cabinet design, new wirework storage solutions, a vast range of stunning work surfaces, and the integration of technology are just a few of the elements that have enabled kitchen designers to go beyond designing a room just to prepare meals in. The kitchen today has to provide a number of different functions which may often include a computer work station, space to relax, watch TV and entertain friends over a coffee or glass of wine.

A problem often encountered is simply the space is too small, but a solution can always be found by opening up the kitchen into an adjacent room, or better still, adding an extension thereby creating a large family room. You would be amazed by just how much additional space can be created by adding a side extension to a rear kitchen, a layout often found in some of our late Victorian oKitchen Designer - hand painted kitchensr early Edwardian houses.

The development of sophisticated computer aided design software can be a great help in visualizing just how the room will look when an internal wall is removed, and we can also create detailed images of your new kitchen when installed in the new extension.

We are happy to advise and suggest ways to achieve your goals. Our initial design service is free of charge, but we never say no to a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

The Kitchen Design Challenge

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The Kitchen Design Challenge

If you’ve recently looked at buying a new car, you’re spoilt for choice. For any given budget, the range of options is endless, and keeping up with the technology available is quite a challenge.

The same can also be said about kitchen design. In the past, the work triangle was said to be revolutionary, simplifying the design approach by placing the fridge, sink and cooker within easy reach, and to some degree these elements still dictate the layout of many designs, but of course, the kitchen now has to fulfill so many other functions; a place for the computer, somewhere for that collection of cookery books and perhaps a television to keep up with the results from Wimbledon. We recently completed a kitchen which included two dishwashers and a second kitchen sink. A wine cooler was also an essential part of the plan together with a combination microwave, a product that has become increasingly popular.

One addition that has become very popular is the island. Access from all sides opens up a number of possibilities for additional storage, an overhang on one side can provide seating for a chat over a coffee, and the extra work surface is always welcome, especially when the children need help with homework. Careful consideration needs to be taken regarding the space between the main body of the kitchen and the island, but this can usually be addressed by paying attention to the width of the doors on the units where the main work is carried out. For smaller spaces or maximum flexibility, the island can be put on wheels which lock when in use, and can be moved out of the way when the guests arrive.

The ultimate solution to many design challenges is a bespoke product. Imagine what can be achieved if you can have any size, height or depth of cabinetry. Add in a mix of materials for work surfaces, the vast array of kitchen paint colours available, dozens of options for handles and you can achieve your dream, a kitchen that is totally you and reflects your personality and lifestyle.

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