As you may know, we are about to tackle a large extension which is both exciting and daunting at the same time. We have delayed it slightly whilst our teenagers revise for their exams but it will start in the next month all being well. In the meantime, we need to make decisions on all sorts including kitchen fittings, bathroom fittings, flooring, boilers and what kind of underfloor heating we want! There is quite a bit to do and I’m getting a little overwhelmed at times although Pinterest has been very handy and the Easter break has been a great time for shopping for ideas. I thought I would share some of my thoughts about kitchens with you and perhaps you can help me make some decisions?!
Which kitchen company to go for?
There are so many kitchen companies that have amazing kitchens. We went to one such company (who shall remain nameless on here) in a nearby city where an island unit was over £100k….yes, you read that right. £100k for an island unit! I almost choked on my drool as it was absolutely stunning. So, the first criteria seems to be budget. We are not entirely clear on our budget at this point but we know that £100,000 is a little more than we would like to spend! I also know that I would like a personal and professional customer service and I would prefer to use a local firm to support my local area.
The kitchen look
I know I want a traditional, shaker style kitchen as I think the old house deserves it. It is an old building after all and I’m not too keen on shiny, doorless kitchens. Once you have owned a dog, you will understand how this would not be practical (think small children that can jump with 4 muddy paws!) I do love some aspects of contemporary kitchens and obviously want the latest gadgets so it is proving tricky to choose!
These are the kitchens I have found that I absolutely love:
A bespoke, luxury kitchen
This kitchen would be absolutely perfect for the old house. It is from Smallbone of Devizes They offer a bespoke service for their luxury kitchens and are made in Devizes in Wiltshire so this is a company that is local to me. I love the green island unit and traditional look to this kitchen. I enjoyed looking at their brochure for ideas although they are expensive and top end of our budget so I’m not sure if this company is for us. They rang me when I requested a brochure and offered me a design service straight away which was a nice touch.
A friendly service
I love this kitchen by Masterclass kitchens. It is a painted, shaker style with strong lines yet is traditional, simple and timeless. I love the contrasting light grey units with the dark blue of the L-shaped island unit. I also love the fact that these cabinets come in a variety of colours as well as having a primed version that you could paint a colour of your choice. There are loads of storage options and they have a particularly beautiful larder unit which would look amazing in my new utility room. I contacted Masterclass kitchens for permission to use some of their photos (as I did all the companies) and they responded within 15 minutes of me sending the email and followed me on Twitter. Their marketing department were fabulous and really friendly. This bodes well with me, as I want a personal and friendly service. There is a kitchen company near us called Chilli kitchens who could supply this kitchen. We really liked the service from Simon at Chilli kitchens who gave us hours of his time to talk through ideas and designs. Both Chilli kitchens and Masterclass kitchens made me feel at ease without the pushy sell that you get with some places.
Colourful kitchen choices
Isn’t this kitchen stunning? I just love this chunky, shaker style with feet so you can see the floor. It almost looks like a free standing kitchen doesn’t it? I also love that it comes in some really great colours from sage (oh yes! I could get my green after all!) to orange to this fabulous dusky pink. I think I love it’s simpliciy; a true shaker style although the inframe panel is a little larger in this kitchen than in the Ashbourne. This is also by Masterclass kitchen so this is definately an option for the old house.
Small kitchen design touches
This beautiful kitchen is by DeVOL. Although their main showroom is in Leicestershire, they do have two showrooms in London which is not too bad for us to get to. This kitchen is all about the details for me. I love the traditional shaker pegs and shelf above the Belfast sink and the wooden worktop. The dark colour is perfect against the wood beams here which will be very similar to our oak framed extension. I also love this floor and the different coloured island unit.
Choosing the right kitchen worktop will be tricky as I love the look of wood but also love granite, quartz or stone from a practical point of view. I need to think about this choice!
The kitchen Island Unit
We know that our new kitchen will need a large island unit. Although the new space will be 8 metres by 5 metres, it has many listed windows that have to stay, including the beautiful bay window looking out of our lounge towards the garden. There is also an old well under the patio that we plan to expose and put a glass window over in the floor. With these restrictions, an island unit will be a integral part of the kitchen design as we lack wall space. With this in mind, I love this island unit by DeVOL. I love it’s large size as well as the thin granite worktop giving lots of space for both a sink and work space. I think we may include a hob and breakfast bar in ours as there will plenty of space.
To me, this is the perfect utility/boot room! We are having a new utility as well which will be in a separate room next to the kitchen creating a new back door into the garden. I know I want a large larder cupboard, laundry storage, a Belfast sink and space for Dottie dog’s bed but I also love the storage in this unit. I love the panelling behind the Belfast sink and the gold taps and knobs.
Decisions, decisions…..it’s quite confusing but I’m narrowing down what I would like. I’m sure taking aspects from each photo, I can come up with an amazing design and hopefully, in about 6 months time I can reveal the new kitchen in the Old House. In the meantime, which kitchen is your favourite and do you have any advice for me?
*I have not been given any money to promote any of these kitchens. I just love them and they have been the ones that have been my favourites during my search. The links are just there so that you can take a look too and drool over the amazing kitchens that these companies supply!
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