Modern Handleless Kitchen
In June 2016, I initially took on the task of transforming the Cammish’s kitchen as part of a full home renovation. To insure this project was successful it would need to appeal to both the client and eventually the next consumer as the house will be lived in, then finally sold as part of the client’s five-year plan. After our initial meet, we managed to divide our brief into 2 sections; must haves and the wish list, I was then given a budget of £60-70K. Despite having limited experience at just 19 years of age, I felt confident that I could execute such a project and was excited for the challenge.
To fit in with modernization of the rest of the property we decided that the clean ascetics of the handleless furniture would be effective in producing a bold, yet harmonious finish. The instant you set foot in the property the kitchen becomes the natural focal point, it was essential that we emphasised this.
The distinct islands, visible from the entrance, provide both form & function. Island 1, used for prep, features a vast worktop space, bin unit and breakfast seating making best use of the properties stunning views. Island 2, parallel to the first, is the clients show cooking station. Featuring a 900mm flex induction hob which allows for maximum cooking diversity, paired with Air Uno’s clear glass extractor which removes the barrier between chef and guest.
The tall bank is integrated with an appliance stack comprised of; two-main full-sized ovens, warming drawers & two compact ovens for both microwave and steam cooking functions. One of the most important requirement for the client was fridge space. To the left you have a tall fridge and to the right a 50/50 appliance allowing overflow fridge and freezer space, both of which open on touch operated mechanisms. The rest of the run then provides cupboard space for dry goods. To complement the ceiling height, I added extra units. My decision to do this enabled me to utilise all space and an effortless integration with the ceiling. On the adjacent wall is the wet area and ‘drinks station’. Easily operable for those who are not in the working area. The handleless black wine cooler compliments the sleek siemens appliances. Below both units have slimline drawers for accompanying drinks utilities. Larger drawers below have power points for discreet and easy use of the client’s small breakfast appliances. Sink utilities include a pull-out spray tap, boiling water tap and a filtered water switch. Also, their touch opening dishwasher.
Using a neutral colour scheme, the worktops had to make an impact. Neolith’s veined worktop provides a durable, yet elegant finish. This touch of luxury ensures that the kitchen functions, but also achieves a high-end finish. The result meets all of clients requirements whilst remaining comfortably within their budget.
Overall the client and I were successful in not only achieving their dream but also creating a kitchen that would exceed the expectations of potential buyers.