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Island Life-a completed contemporary kitchen and the stages of a new kitchen installation

Leafing back through a 2011 Beautiful Kitchens magazine I came across a beautiful kitchen I designed over five years ago. The kitchen has white lacquered and sweet gum tree book matched veneer units, a white ‘Getacore’ worktop, Miele appliances and a Quooker boiling water tap. This kitchen epitomises good design and functionality and is still fresh and contemporary looking today.

This kitchen was installed as part of a house refurbishment and extension which is the least painful way to install a new kitchen as the Family were not living in the house while the work was going on. When a kitchen is being replaced in a home where the family is in situ it can be a more complicated project. Obviously the first stage is to remove the existing kitchen so immediately the most important room in the house is gone, causing immediate disruption.

The time to install a new kitchen varies depending on whether it is a German imported kitchen or a bespoke handmade in frame kitchen (which is generally hand painted on site after installation)  and it can take anything from 3 to 5 working days, not including any works required to do plumbing, electrical or plastering work in advance.

If opting for stone counters these have to be measured when the base units are in and the new stone can take 7 to 10 working days to install from date of survey and in this case it is often best to install temporary worktops so the hob and sink can be functioning in the interim. Though these do have to be disconnected again when the stone is being installed and re connected after the stone goes in.

So in reality to install a new kitchen can be the guts of two to three weeks from start to finish. Replacing your kitchen is the most stressful job one can undertake in the home, so do be aware of the stages involved but rest assured once the kitchen is completed it can make the single biggest difference to one’s home!


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Refurbish or replace?

Sometimes smaller kitchens projects come along with a tight budget but a real need for updating-in these cases when the layout is functioning fine the best way to refresh the space is to retain the existing carcase (of course assuming they’re still in good condition and not splitting and expanding like Weetabix!). What I’ve done in the two projects below is discard the existing doors on the wall and base units, plinth, worktops, sink and taps and have new longer doors made and sprayed to a specific Ral or NSc colour. When these new doors are fitted with a contemporary integrated steel handle, brand new sink, tap and fresh worktop the difference can be superb. Adding light to the underside of the wall units where there was none before creates task lighting for food preparation and a warm ambient light in the evenings. New tiles and glass backsplash can add the final finish. So when considering a new look kitchen do remember sometimes you can refurbish instead of replacing-as they say reduce, reuse, recycle!

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On Trend Tones

'Deep Greys and borderline black create the perfect backdrop for pops of colour'-Image Interiors latest March/April issue with a description of one of my recently completed kitchens.

'Interior designer Jane Higgins (janehigginshomedesign.com) recently completed a kitchen project with Farrow and Ball's Mole's Breath. ''It’s a deep grey with great tonal depth,'' explains Jane. ''And although  it looked dark on the swatch, once you have covered a large expanse, such as a wall, the colour will lighten-it never looks quite as dark on the wall as it does on the swatch.''

The perfect accompaniment to a dark, moody palette? Warm copper and brass fittings for taps, handle and door hinges. ''Against a dark background, a brass accent adds such a gorgeous glow of warm colour,'' says Jane.

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