Contemporary Kitchen Designs
Modern kitchens with a classy yet comfortable feel, designed and installed by Coulby Interiors
Contemporary Scandinavian Style Kitchen Diner
This property is situated overlooking the picturesque Norfolk Broads, on the River Bure. The design brief was to transform a dated, enclosed kitchen which was separated from the main living area by a stud wall, and create a modern open plan kitchen and living space. Our clients wanted the design to reflect a contemporary Scandinavian style, with light and natural tones to add warmth.
Rebecca recalls; ‘Removing the dividing wall of the kitchen to create an open plan kitchen and living space has meant that my clients can now take advantage of the 10 meter glass wall running the entire length of the house. Light has now flooded into the space with the stunning views of the river adding a wonderful, and ever changing colourful backdrop to the serene and calm interior I have created.
The colour palette for the kitchen was white gloss units and doors with integrated handles. The solid quartz worktops are light grey and compliment the soft grey glass splash backs, creating a modern and clean-lined finish.
I installed slick white glass integrated appliances as well as a modern extractor and a Quooker boiling water tap. A bank of tall larder units creates plenty of storage options, including a bespoke cupboard with a slide-and-hide door. Further storage was created by taking advantage of the space available under the peninsular on both sides.
Solid oak flooring runs throughout the entire space and provides a warm and natural tone which provides a contrast to the neutral white and grey palette. The overall result is a stunning open plan kitchen/diner with a distinctly modern, clean-lined but natural finish in this idyllic setting.
Classic Kitchen Norwich, Norfolk
Our latest project was to fully renovate a kitchen in a 19th century farmhouse. Over the years the original kitchen has been extended a number of times, making it a disjointed space. The original exterior walls were, in part, retained within the kitchen, emphasising the fact that the dining area was actually an extension of the original house with a dated plastic poly carbonate roof.
Rebecca recalls; ‘My design involved completely opening up the space by removing all the old, external walls to create a single, large kitchen-diner. The centre piece of the room was to be a super-size quartz island with integrated sinks and seating for 6 people and allow the light and garden space to flow into the new kitchen. The design also included a new set of French doors to replace the existing rear door.'
'In order to successfully achieve the open-plan look, the internal walls had to be removed and supported with a reinforced steel beam. New plumbing and electrics were required for the new sink position in the central island and a new tiled roof had to be constructed.'
'As the farmhouse dates from the 1850’s I chose natural and classic materials in keeping with the property’s age. It was important to mix light tones throughout with some darker, statement tones to create an elegant contrast. I used grey tones in the kitchen units and doors with pewter handles and rich single stave walnut for worktops, contrasting beautifully with white, light-reflecting solid quartz central island. My aim with the design was to create a large working kitchen with bespoke and built-in units and appliances, whilst incorporating a large dining and entertaining area.'
'For tiling I chose a classic light metro tile and used wonderful Furnace Copper tiles for the recessed shelves.'
'I was keen to create various mood lighting so as well as a range of LED downlights, I also designed and installed LED strip lighting along all recessed shelves as well as a centrepiece pendant light which can be dimmed dependant on the lighting effect required.'
'The overall look is fabulous. Creating a classic kitchen diner with a modern twist, perfect for entertaining, family meals or as just a wonderfully calm space to relax in.'
An Elegant and Classic Kitchen
Our client’s existing kitchen was a wonderful space but it did not function as effectively as it could. The design brief for this project was to create a clean-lined, classic and elegant kitchen diner and living space with the focus on much improved functionality.
Rebecca recalls; ‘I enjoyed working on this project immensely. It was a real collaboration with my artistic client. We worked closely throughout and she brought her own passion for materials to the project, especially when it came to colours and textures’.
‘The kitchen was an unusual shape, originally on three different levels, with ceilings of different heights, two chimneys and vertical and horizontal oak beams throughout which needed to be incorporated into the design effectively. In order to work with all these features the kitchen design had to be entirely bespoke. Work included levelling the floor completely, blocking off an old chimney to house a built- in oven, as well as bespoke oak housing for a free standing American fridge freezer.'
'The design included a sparking quartz worktop, templated around the vertical oak beams which overhung the units at one end to create a breakfast bar. An electric hob and motorized downdraft extractor was installed in the worktop, creating an elegant and clean lined preparation area. The area was finished with grey duck egg vintage vintage tiles and bespoke oak shelving.'
'A run of grey gloss units with integrated handles topped with a whitewashed oak worktop created another surface area, which maximized the available worktop space in the kitchen. A specialist ‘shimmering’ paint chosen by my client, used to create a tonal backdrop and carefully chosen accessories such as contemporary pendant lighting and seating completed this elegant and classic look.'
'This is a wonderfully unique kitchen full of light and clean lines with a balanced palette which effortlessly compliments the bespoke workmanship.'
Open Plan Kitchen, Suffolk
This brief was to design a modern open plan kitchen to suit the style and location of this beautiful new-build eco house in Suffolk. The kitchen needed to provide both adequate space for food preparation, storage and a lower level eating area for family and regular guests. The design of the house was based on Pierre Goenig’s Stahl house in LA; an angular building of glass and steel jutting out over the cliffs with amazing views of the sea and a light, open plan interior.
Rebecca recalls, ‘It was exciting to be a part of this project and to see the house being built. My client contacted me at the very early stages, knowing that having the correct design and layout of the kitchen and living area were essential from the start. Once I had designed this area, we were able to map it out literally in the mud and on each visit I could see my design come to life.
My design for the open plan kitchen and dining area, and the four bathrooms was in keeping with the light and modern feel of the house, but I also wanted to add some warmth to the house in the form of brightly coloured glass splashbacks and accessories. The supporting posts were also painted bright pink to match and helped integrate a necessary structural support of the building into the overall kitchen design.
I used location for inspiration when designing the kitchen itself. The French Grey Gloss kitchen units reflect the colour of the sea and the Silverwhite Corian worktops flow seamlessly along the surface and curve down and out to form the table top for the eating area, creating the effect of a wave breaking. The over-sized and entirely bespoke kitchen island and integral table forms the focal point of the entire living area. It helps create a divide between the kitchen and lounge. For this reason I created bespoke drawers and shelving area on the right hand side of the island which faces the living area and sofas to be used for ornaments and books.
The colour scheme was continued throughout the bathrooms, which are all on the same floor, so the entire design flows throughout the building.
This old fashioned, dark 1950’s kitchen was in need of updating and modernising. Interior walls required knocking through to create a larger kitchen / diner and French doors were required in the breakfast room. The client’s brief was to modernise into an elegant, sophisticated and sleek space. A kitchen full of integrated appliances which were flush with the wall was also a key requirement of the client.
Rebecca recalls “This was a challenging kitchen to design because of the amount of bespoke work required to ensure all appliances were fully integrated into an old and often quirky 1950’s kitchen. For example the full length fridge freezer, microwave, cooker and coffee machine were all housed in a disused chimney space, all of which needed lots of bespoke work to make flush with the wall.
‘I used white solid Silestone quartz worksurfaces in the kitchen as well as in the bespoke wall units in the breakfast room. The induction hob and downdraft extractor were rebated into the worksurface to continue the sleek look and the glass chandelier added a touch of elegance. Dark lava coloured doors and drawers contrasted well with the soft grey coloured walls. Dark Winter Oak Karndean flooring was used to contrast with the rest of the modern and sleek kitchen.’
A Stylish Classic Kitchen/Diner Design, North Norfolk
To complete a full barn renovation including interior design, structural beam work, flooring, decorating throughout and designing and installing bathrooms and a kitchen/diner. The kitchen diner brief was to create an open plan area, classic in design but in keeping with the period features of the property.
Rebecca recalls , ‘My client was looking for an individual kitchen and had some unique and specific requirements. The client did not want a ultra modern kitchen with lots of built in wall units so I opted for simple and stylish bespoke shelving. A central island and eating area was essential with a Aga oven as a centre piece.
‘Also incorporated into the design was a bespoke wine rack and fridge-freezer housing and a traditional Belfast sink.
‘The beautiful solid quartz work surface contrasted with the solid tiger walnut worktops and shelving. The mussel coloured units and glass splash backs complimented the soft oyster and pistachio colours used on the kitchen stools and walls.
‘Karndean in Country Oak was used throughout providing a traditional feel whilst being a very practical flooring option.’
Modern Kitchen/Diner, Norwich, Norfolk
The design brief was to create a stylish, modern open plan kitchen diner with a central working island and a large breakfast bar that could accommodate seating for up to 6 adults. To achieve this two internal walls that formed the pantry and divided the room had to be removed. The client required integrated appliances throughout with a clean lined and sophisticated finish with a ‘wow’ factor.
Rebecca recalls, ‘This was a really enjoyable project. Once the pantry was removed the overall size of the kitchen diner was extremely large. This created design problems in itself. I needed to design a workable kitchen, with every detail considered so that it could function well without someone having to walk continuously from one end to the other. I also had to factor in walkways to the French doors leading on to the garden and to the lower level dining room. I was keen for the two steel lintels that had to be installed on the ceiling in place of the supporting pantry walls to be incorporated into the overall design. I did not want the room divide to be too obvious. I therefore designed a lit, boxed-in ceiling section running from above the extractor and parallel to the breakfast peninsular and across the island to form a deliberate T section that actually added to the overall design and look. Bold pendant lights, plinth lights and lights running along the underneath of the island work surface also helped create a wonderful and bright overall effect.
This kitchen has Stone Grey Gloss units and doors with matching carcass colour, a wood effect Karndean flooring and solid quartz work surfaces. The elegant and soft colour scheme is highlighted by the matching Stone Grey glass splash backs with a bold red accent colour on a corner armchair, pendant lights and bar stools.
The overall elegant and clean lined design of this kitchen took a very long time to achieve. All the kitchen units balance and are lined up exactly. A window was even replaced and re-positioned in order to create splash backs all of the same height running the length of the room. Where the walls weren’t true, I had sections studded out in order to achieve the perfect line. This design was all about attention to detail in order to create this sleek and simple yet sophisticated modern kitchen.’
The client said; ‘Rebecca provided an excellent service designing, procuring and managing the installation of the kitchen, utility room and bathrooms for our new house.’
Modern Kitchen Design, South Norfolk
The design brief for this project was to modernize a dated kitchen in South Norfolk, which lacked light and didn’t function properly, particularly given the clients practical requirements. The client’s brief was to create a light, bright and classic but modern kitchen which was far better suited to their needs.
Rebecca recalls: ‘This kitchen proved a real challenge to design due to the constraints of its small size, the heavily sloped and low ceiling and lack of light, together with the requirements of my clients. I chose a colour pallet to maximize the lighting in a limited space but at the same time create a classic modern and fresh feel. Simple matt white metro tiles always work well with full stave oak worktops, however the vibrant Fjord Green doors with integrated handles and stainless steel double sink really gave the space a modern, clean lined feel.’
‘My clients wished to reduce the need for much bending down, so I designed around this requirement as much as possible; an eye-level double oven and microwave to fit around the vaulted low ceiling, wide soft-close drawers under the hob and open oak shelves for easily accessible pans and crockery.’
‘Despite the space being limited, I was able to include a peninsular with seating which included bespoke base cupboards underneath for additional storage.’
‘The flooring choice was both practical and complemented the modern palette; luxury vinyl flooring in a concrete finish which provided a modern contrast against the other natural tones in the room.
‘The overall look was a practical, bright, light and modern kitchen which feels significantly bigger and one that my clients are able to use more effectively as well as enjoy spending time in.’
Bespoke Kitchen Design, Norwich, Norfolk
This project was to design a new kitchen-diner, utility and lounge for a property in the Norwich, Norfolk. The clients wished to modernise their existing kitchen and incorporate the separate dining room into a new larger, kitchen-diner. The clients also required additional modernisation of the main lounge along with their utility room.
Rebecca recalls, 'This was a hugely enjoyable project to work on. I had to remove an internal wall separating the original kitchen and dining room to create an open plan, light and spacious kitchen diner. As soon a the wall was removed the whole space was transformed and created an entirely different feel to the whole downstairs living space. To create a sleek look I made in-built storage and larder.
'My design incorporated a breakfast bar which separated the dining table from the main cooking area and fitted oak worktops throughout. I chose traditional shaker style doors in mussel and a soft, neutral palette for the wall colour in both the lounge and utility. Sage green metro tiles complimented the overall palette of the rooms creating a wonderfully bright and elegant kitchen diner.'
Norwich Kitchen Design
The design brief for this project was to modernise an existing rental flat in Norwich city center, including installing a new open plan kitchen diner and redecorating the adjoining lounge and 2 bedrooms.
Rebecca recalls, ‘My clients had only recently purchased the flat and it required a complete overhaul, specifically to the main living area. Living aboard, they required a service that would undertake all the design, install and project management whilst they were out of the country within a relatively tight timescale. The existing kitchen diner was positioned at the end of a large, high ceilinged lounge and the main design challenge was to reconfigure the kitchen to provide more space and storage, whilst at the same time creating an elegant and traditional space in keeping with the property.’
‘I chose reclaimed engineered oak flooring throughout the main living spaces to give a real traditional feel to the property, which also provided a wonderful rich tone throughout. In the kitchen I used stone grey coloured, shaker-style kitchen doors along with light cream metro tiles edge in chrome. For the worktop I chose Black American Walnut which has a lovely deep colour and worked well with the oak flooring. To complete the elegant palette, I used a light French grey for the walls. Glass chandeliers in the kitchen diner and lounge added a beautiful touch and the whole look was completed with tailored curtains in a deep, rich turquoise colour.’
‘I was really happy with the overall transformation from an uninviting, nondescript rental flat to a beautifully elegant and rich space, all completed within a modest timescale.’
Traditional Kitchen, Norwich, Norfolk
This project was to install a kitchen in period, listed building in near Norwich, Norfolk. The ceiling height in the property was low and the existing kitchen units were standard full depth, meaning that they hung too low over the work surface, minimising the available work top space. The kitchen was used as part of a B&B and therefore the clients required as much space as possible, particularly surface space to work in. The design included bespoke reduced depth wall units combined with a deeper than standard worktop to provide as much space as possible. The busy walkway was softened with curved edges which were reflected in the units above to create an elegant, classic soft finish. Under cabinet lighting created mood lighting effect for the evenings. The flooring was luxury vinyl Karndean, ideal for easy maintenance in Dusk Oak finish, complementing the wooden beams above. The worktop was a manufactured quartz, antibacterial and sealed which is perfect for a kitchen with a commercial use. Soft grey shaker style doors were chosen in keeping with the period style of the property. The overall effect created a soft, light and elegant kitchen reflecting the charm of the property with plenty of storage options.
Contemporary Open Plan Kitchen, Norwich, Norfolk
The design brief was to open up the downstairs layout of a modern townhouse into an open plan kitchen-diner, including removing a downstairs WC. The client wished to have fully integrated kitchen appliances, mood lighting options and to relocate the gas hob from its current location. The overall look was to be contemporary and stylish in keeping with the property and its clients tastes. The project was to be completed quickly, in time for the imminent birth of the client’s first child.
Rebecca recalls, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this design and project as it came with plenty of challenges and design options. Having an open space to work with always provides lots of design considerations in terms of how best to utilise the space. My client wished to have a bright space but with different lighting moods so I included plenty of down-lights and low-hung pendants above the breakfast bar. I used solid oak work surfaces which worked really well as a long length across the back wall. Extra-length duck egg blue metro tiles were used to complement the work surface against matt white units and cupboards with integrated handles. Oak and rustic-look wooden flooring throughout provided a touch of warmth and tone.
The open design of the kitchen was complemented by the clients artwork and the kitchen flowed well into the lounge area in which was installed a wall-mounted flat screen TV and contemporary seating. The finished ‘opened-up’ space provided a sociable area perfect for family life as well as entertaining and made the downstairs of the property look large and welcoming. I think the overall finish is an excellent example of how to maximise an open-plan space and it looks fantastic.’
The design brief for this Norwich Kitchen diner was to create an open plan kitchen-diner by knocking through into the existing garage and converting both rooms. The kitchen was to be neutral in colour with oak worktops and metro style tiles throughout. Having plenty of storage options was essential as well as having a under mount main sink and a utility sink. The room needed to be spacious and function efficiently for a family whilst having room for a table.
Rebecca recalls, ‘Originally this kitchen was narrow and dark with limited space and storage. The room was originally S-shaped and didn’t function well, with limited space and unable to fit in a table and chairs, it was not practical for a family. The initial stage of the project was to knock through a wall into the garage and square off the kitchen into a larger space. In doing so a steel beam had to be positioned spanning the room as well as the garage converted into a separate room which included levelling the floor.
‘I wanted to design a kitchen that was classic and simple in design and tone. I chose cream shaker style units and the enlarged room allowed me to include plenty of storage options as well as house all the integrated appliances. Large pale porcelain tiles complemented the units as did the cream metro tiles. A solid oak worktop brought a warm tone to the overall look and with the off-cuts of the worktop, I designed a solid oak bookcase to sit at the end of the main work surface which made a real feature in the room.
‘I was really pleased with the overall finish of this classic style kitchen. It is a light and spacious kitchen and very practical with a large number of storage options.’
Kitchen/Diner Design, Norwich, Norfolk
The design brief was to transform a Norwich basement flat into an open plan, family friendly kitchen diner with separate utility and downstairs bathroom. The overall design was to be classic with a modern twist so it remained in keeping with the Victorian house. The room was to include integrated appliances and a range cooker, oak worktops forming a worktop island with some bespoke carpentry including recessed in-frame cupboards. The kitchen was to be neutral and light in colour with sage green metro style tiles and light washed natural wooden flooring to complement the oak surfaces. The renovation project also included updating the utility room in much the same theme as the kitchen diner, re-tiling the slate roof and re-plastering and refurbishing the attic. The kitchen diner was to be a light and welcoming space with a family area with room for a television and sofa and play area.
Rebecca Recalls ‘My clients had recently purchased a house in central Norwich which required a considerable amount of renovation work before they could move in. The main aspect of the project was to transform the basement area which was comprised of a bedroom, lounge, small kitchen and bathroom, into an open plan kitchen diner with separate utility. My design to open up this space required removing two internal supporting walls and installing a steel picture frame support system to reinforce the building and make it structurally sound. My clients were keen to keep the space as open and light as possible and due to the Victorian style of building, there were a number of awkward recesses and chimney breasts to work around. I used this to my advantage with the design and created built-in kitchen units where possible to maximise the space and keep the lines as clean as possible. This involved careful and detailed plan and a lot of stud work and bespoke carpentry.
‘I designed the layout of the room to accommodate a family-area which had a wall-mounted television and sofa which helped make a functional and family-friendly space. The peninsular helped create this lounge and play area and also kept little ones separate from the main cooking area.
‘Once the initial preparation was completed work could begin on transforming the space. A new sub floor was laid and the entire room was re-boarded and re-plastered. I chose Alpine Ash coloured units which were complemented by the whitewashed engineered oak flooring. The sage metro style tiles added a splash of understated colour to the room which was also used in the utility to provide continuity between the two rooms.
‘I’m delighted with the finished result and the with the design which has met all of my clients needs. The project was completed on schedule so they could move into their new home. It has been a pleasure to visit them now that they have settled in. They have even been good enough to invite other prospective new clients to view their new home. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.’
Traditional Kitchen Design, Norwich
This project in a popular central Norwich location was to create an traditional and light open plan kitchen diner with peninsular and separate dining area.
Rebecca recalls, "This project involved transforming the existing small kitchen, toilet and utility into a single open plan kitchen diner. In order to open up the space I had to removed the existing supporting wall between the kitchen and utility and reinforce with steel beams. There was a lot of bespoke carpentry required in order to make the room function effectively, such as creating a new entrance for the under stairs cupboard in the hall as well as building a bespoke flush wall cupboard to house the boiler and create more storage. English oak was used for work surfaces, including the peninsular with enough room for 3/4 people. I used Dakar coloured units and cupboards with chunky brushed chrome handles and light cream metro tiles to create a clean and traditional look in keeping with the period of the property. Integrated appliances were installed throughout to keep the room clean lined and uniform and bone slate effect tiles complimented the light tones of the room as a whole. The whole finished look was light and clean with the oak work tops giving a sense of warmth."
Norwich Kitchen Design
This kitchen project in Norwich, Norfolk was to create a kitchen diner by removing a supporting internal wall between the existing kitchen and separate dining room. The original kitchen was relatively small, so opening up the room would create a larger cooking area as well accommodate an inclusive dining area.
Rebecca recalls, 'In my design for this space it was important to create an open plan kitchen with enough room for my client's existing kitchen table as well as plenty of surface area. I therefore designed a peninsular to maximise storage and worktop space whilst still allowing for a dining area. To create more storage options I designed a flush, bepsoke unit to house the fridge and freezer and further storage.
I chose a soft and classic colour palette throughout the kitchen to complement the solid oak worktops and designer Italian porcelain tiles. The Stone Grey cupboards and doors worked well with the Illuminia White metro tiles and I chose a soft off white for the wall colour.
I was really pleased with the overall palette of the room which has been transformed into a open and bright kitchen diner, fit for inclusive dining and entertaining.
Modern Kitchen Diner Norwich
The project was to create a L-shaped kitchen through removing an internal wall and open up the room to install a modern kitchen diner.
Rebecca recalls, "Key to this project was the removal of an internal wall between the kitchen and utility room to create a much larger space in which to design a modern kitchen diner. Opening up this space into a generous L-shaped room provided plenty of design options and allowed me to include space for a dining table, plenty of storage, a breakfast bar and a new doorway into the conservatory which was used as a playroom."
"I designed a bespoke bank of units to house integrated appliances and storage space. The finish was flush to the existing wall creating a sleek and uniform look."
"I used oak worktops which ran approximately 4 meters along the main length of the kitchen, which returned to house the sink then returned again to create a breakfast bar. This 'U' shaped sweep of oak worktop created a stunning look, tying the various zones of the kitchen together. Dakar colour units complement the crisp light tone of the glass splashbacks and the overall look was finished off with Portland Stone Karndean flooring."
"My client furnished the kitchen with red accessories, creating a splash of bright contrast. The overlook finished look was bright, fresh and contemporary and created a very family orientated space".
Sleek Modern Kitchen Design, Norwich
This projects design brief was to knock through the kitchen and dining room to create a large open plan kitchen diner. The client wished to have a central island and breakfast bar and a separate formal dining area. Lighting was a key aspect for the client who wanted mood-lighting options for the various uses of this large multi-functional room.
Rebecca recalls, "Having knocked through the kitchen and dining room the new space was large with plenty of room for the design. It was important to ensure that the two separate areas worked well together so I used wide plank American walnut for the work surfaces, dining table and chairs and the bespoke dresser to tie the kitchen and the dining area together.
I used a light Corian work surface on the breakfast bar with an under-mount sink which required my team to re-position the plumbing from its location in the original kitchen.
To create range of lighting options I installed plinth lights, under-cabinets lights as well as bespoke lighting inside the dresser. In addition I used LED ceiling spotlights and hanging pendant lights above the breakfast car. All the lighting was individually and centrally controlled, thus ensuring the client had full control to adjust the lighting to any mood required.
A sleek bank of units housing integrated appliances kept the look modern and light stone-effect Karndean flooring was a practical option for a kitchen.
Finally a splash of bright orange on accessories, glass splash backs and bar stools added an extra wow factor."
The client says, "We are so pleased with the work undertaken by Rebecca and her team. The design gave us a modern kitchen/diner with a real wow factor and the team were simply excellent and always looked to ensure our needs were met – really great work guys! – Thank you”
Contemporary Kitchen, North Norfolk
The design brief was to create a stylish, contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances and plenty of storage options. The client also required a breakfast bar to be built with bespoke stud work to accommodate a television and seating area for 2.
Rebecca recalls, ‘This kitchen was part of an entire house renovation including the kitchen, lounge, utility room and bathroom and en suite. My clients felt the existing kitchen needed updating and modernising, making the overall look much lighter, cleaner lined and fresh.
‘In order to achieve the look I wanted the existing wall and floor tiles had to been removed and replaced, and the washing machine relocated to the new utility room. The existing radiator was also removed and a new vertical Milano Capri vertical radiator installed in a new position.
‘I chose a light coloured unit colour combined with a light Desert Sandstone worktop to lighten the whole room which was complemented by duck egg blue glass splash backs. I used integrated appliances including a Neff double oven and ceramic hob and positioned the integrated microwave above the worktop to maximise surface space.
‘I designed a breakfast bar area in the corner of the kitchen with room for 2 to sit and installed a flat screen television in bespoke framed studwork. The breakfast top was made from American Walnut which I also used for both window sills in the kitchen for continuity.
‘The finished look was bright and modern and the kitchen functioned effectively.’
Galley Kitchen Norwich
The design brief for this project was to transform a traditional small galley kitchen into a larger kitchen diner by removing an internal wall in Central Norwich, creating an elegant and open space.
Rebecca Recalls, 'I wanted to create a light and contemporary kitchen diner. The main build aspect was to remove an internal wall separating the existing dining room and kitchen. Once the wall was removed the real transformation could happen. I used modern looking, single panel doors in Kashmir grey along with oak work tops and flooring to give the room a modern yet traditional feel along with off white metro tiles for splash backs. Along with integrated appliances I used a traditional cast iron style vertical radiator. For lighting I installed range of down lights and LED under cabinet lighting, and a pendant light for dining table.
The whole look creates more space, allows natural light throughout the whole room and creates a contemporary and elegant galley kitchen in keeping with the rest of the property.'
The design brief was to transform a dark and outdated kitchen into a stylish kitchen-diner. The client wished to have a quirky and unique kitchen that matched their sense of style. They did not want a modern, generic kitchen, but something more bespoke and personal in keeping with the 1930’s period feel of the property.
Rebecca recalls, ‘The kitchen space was a long and narrow room and therefore I had to incorporate design features that maximised the space. For example both the bespoke dresser and half-height wall units were all cut back to reduce the depth to help create a sense of space.
‘Solid work surfaces were used which matched other oak features throughout the house.
‘The design also used unique copper door handles and light lampshades which worked beautifully with the bold turquoise glass splash backs.
‘I used waterproof tile-effect Karndean flooring which suited the light room – easy to clean whilst remaining warmer underfoot than tiles.’
Open Plan Kitchen Diner, Norfolk
The design brief for this this project involved some building work as the client required the removal of an interior wall dividing the kitchen and dining room to create a more open plan way of living. In this instance, as is increasingly the case, a formal dining room for family dining and entertaining guests was no longer so important. The client required a more social, open and spacious area for cooking, eating and socialising.
This project achieved dramatic results. The kitchen was very small and dark and didn’t provide an adequate eating area. There was a separate dining room which led onto a large conservatory and a beautiful garden. The idea was that by knocking down this internal dividing wall, the kitchen would not only be far bigger, but much lighter as all the light from the conservatory and French doors would be allowed into the kitchen area. I also replaced the solid doors into the kitchen for new glazed doors which enabled the light from the other side of the house to filter through as well. The end result is that as you walk in you can see this beautiful, light kitchen, dining area, and conservatory and also the views of the garden – it has created such a lovely space in which to live.
The materials used in this kitchen are classic and won’t date. The gloss is a satin rather than high gloss and contrasts beautifully with the natural tones of the oak. The glass splash backs are a shade darker than the colour on the wall, adding a sophisticated and subtle shine. The blue accessories add a pop of colour.
As is often the case when knocking down an internal wall, a column and new lintel is required for structural support and I often try to find ways to incorporate this into the overall design. In this project a bespoke TV unit has been built around the column on the breakfast bar allowing the TV to be pulled out and viewed from the kitchen or breakfast area and pushed away when not in use. The oak worktops also wrap around the column and the pendant lights hang down from the boxed in lintel to create a design feature’.
The Client said, 'To say we are pleased with the result would be an understatement, our drab kitchen and dining room has been transformed into a light and airy kitchen/diner! The especially pleasing aspect is, that at the time of writing, some three months after completion, we have not found anything that we wish we had done differently, true testament to the quality of the original design.’
Modern Kitchen Norwich, Norfolk
This project design was to knock through the existing kitchen and dining room to create an open plan kitchen diner creating a warm, open and friendly family space. The existing kitchen was dark and narrow and my client wished to create a sense of space and light with a classic but modern feel.
Rebecca recalls, 'The existing kitchen was narrow and dark which meant it was very impractical for a family. My kitchen design used cream gloss door fronts and units with oak work surfaces creating a sleek uniform finish.
Using oak also meant I could create a real bespoke look. For example I was able to curve the peninsular to create a softer look as well as being practical and child-friendly. The design also incorporated a bespoke oven and bookcase in solid oak creating a real sense of individual design.
I used a subtle shade of soft grey for the glass splash backs and the same tone on the walls, creating a light and glossy modern palette to reflect light which contrasted with the natural tones of oak worktops.
The client said; “Rebecca provided a fantastic service from start to finish and we are so happy with the final results. Rebecca and her team made the whole project as stress-free as possible. I cannot recommend Rebecca and her team highly enough.’
"Rebecca’s team were brilliant, very professional and nothing was too much trouble. We cannot recommend Rebecca and her team highly enough."
Kay and Andy Harrison
"Rebecca and her team have provided us with a high quality and efficient service. We would thoroughly recommend Rebecca and her team to anyone wanting to take on a new house project."
Ross and Gemma Chernin
"Rebecca the kitchen looks great! Thank you to you and your lovely team – I am so pleased that I chose you to do the kitchen for me. It took away most of the stress, and the result is better than I could have imagined."
Mrs Rachel McGrath
"Having now lived in our new kitchen for a month we wanted to write to say how happy we are with it. We thank you Rebecca and your team for all for your care, consideration, expertise and professionalism."
Mr and Mrs Redding
"We are so impressed we recommended to a friend who also had a kitchen done with Rebecca. I have no hesitation to recommend Rebecca’s services to anyone and we have already discussed future projects…extremely happy."
Phil Clark and family
"We couldn't find anyone who offered such a complete service. We have already recommended Rebecca to our friends and neighbours. She and her team provided a good quality finish, on time and on budget which for such a large and complex project, was exceptional."
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