In my previous blog post, I detailed the latest kitchen design layout changes we had requested to the LWK Kitchens design team. The next day we received these amendments back for a final check ahead of confirming our kitchen order.
Below is the kitchen confirmation that was returned to us. All items required for the kitchen are included and individually specified. This is with the exception of the cost. It is usual within customer’s kitchen confirmations to include the price for every item listed so all costs are plain to see, but my husband requested this information be omitted before publicly sharing our kitchen design layout on the web. (Sorry!)
Please also note that the information in the gallery below has been converted from its usual PDF format that is returned to clients. This is purely for the purposes of sharing within this blog:
What we thought of our kitchen design layout
Tom and I love the new kitchen design layout but there was one aspect of it which we felt marred the overall look. Within the image below, we were disappointed with the lack of symmetry in the vertical channels either side of the oven. On the left hand side there was a 16mm tall gable end panel in our chosen Pearl grey finish colour, yet on the other side there was a 25mm vertical stainless steel channel handle. We felt this difference would be too apparent (or it will be now we’ve noticed it) when looking at this bank of units straight on, and for us it tarnished the otherwise clean kitchen aesthetic:
Why was this designed like this?
Vertical channel handles usually work really well, for tall units, sitting neatly between two cabinet doors. This is the case with the channel on the right hand side of our oven, as per the image above. But within our kitchen’s arrangement, the channel on the left meets the worktop and cabinet on the corner. If trying to incorporate it in this position it means the inner edge of the vertical channel would be visible when looking at it from the front. This is why our kitchen designer had instead put a gable end panel here. Also, because our kitchen design layout is so small, there aren’t any solutions that don’t come with their own drawbacks.
What’s the solution?
To overcome this problem the LWK Kitchens Installation team got their thinking caps on, before concluding we could replace the corner filler post specified, with a reduced-width door. Along with this, they proposed turning the cabinet housing the boiler into a channel-handle cabinet, rather than a push-latch opening. The worktop would also finish tightly against the channel handle. This will balance the look of the kitchen, with the appliance bank appearing more symmetrical when you look at it from the front, and with both channels now incorporating stainless steel, as per the image below:
The drawback is if viewing the units from the side then from a certain angle you are likely to see the front edge of the channel handle, as per the image below. This would normally be hidden.
It is for this reason that LWK Kitchens would not usually fit the channels like this. Admittedly, this hasn’t been tried before but the team assured me it should work. And if it works for us then the good news for any future customers with a similar kitchen design layout is they will have an alternative solution available to them. In weighing up the options, Tom and I feel a glimpse of the channel from a side angle is a small price to pay for achieving a clean and symmetrical view from the front of the appliance bank. Having made this decision, we concluded that everything else within our kitchen design layout is exactly as we hoped…and we then confirmed our order!
What happens next?
We confirmed our kitchen design layout the same day we flew off on holiday, which was on Tuesday 23rd June. Our Operations team then doublechecked all of the details and placed the order with Germany the next day. As all fitted kitchens by LWK Kitchens are built to order, it takes a few weeks for any new kitchen to be built and then delivered by lorry to the UK. Typically this process takes between 5-6 weeks. On returning to work on the 6th July, my colleagues confirmed our kitchen would be arriving into the UK the week commencing 18th August, and ready to fit the following week.
With the detailed ‘Information for the Preparation of Kitchens’ guide designed for all of customers to help us, Tom and I have since been busy trying to arrange all our necessary plumbing, kitchen removal, and all other related kitchen ‘prep works’, which will need to take place the week prior to our installation.
In my next post within this series I shall be documenting the removal of our existing kitchen, ready for the arrival of our lovely new German one!