- Our new kitchen project…and so it begins
- Our new kitchen project…The new kitchen design
- Our new kitchen project…Measuring sloping kitchen walls
- Our new kitchen project: Do our kitchen plans still work?
- Our new kitchen project: Our hardwood flooring refinish
- Our new kitchen project…the final changes to our kitchen plan
- Our new kitchen project…our kitchen design layout is complete
- Our new kitchen project: the kitchen removal and prep works
- Our new kitchen project: How to master a smooth kitchen delivery
- Our new kitchen project: Day One and Two of our kitchen fitting
- Our new kitchen project: Worktop template and worktop fitting
- Our new kitchen project: the kitchen installation and appliance connections
- Our new kitchen project: See the stunning results of our kitchen makeover
I am a little late bringing an update but I was excited to receive an email entitled ‘Jen’s new kitchen design’ last Wednesday afternoon! Resisting the urge to open it there and then, I thought it the decent thing to wait until I got home so Tom (my husband) and I could look at this for the first time together! As I said in my first post, whilst I work with kitchens every day and get to see some truly exquisite designs, it really is different when it’s your own kitchen. For Tom and I this is a completely new experience, and so later that night, and as excited as two kids at Christmas, we opened up the email’s PDF attachment to see exactly what our new kitchen design looked like… and here’s what we saw!…
Want to know what we thought?
We both absolutely love the new kitchen design! We were really impressed with the imagery, which gives a really clear impression of how our new kitchen could look. Each of us could visualise ourselves working in and enjoying this new kitchen!
The new kitchen design:
As discussed in my last post, we think swapping the existing sink with fridge freezer area is the way to go, and seeing this in the new kitchen design images really cemented this idea for us. A washing up area is not one of a kitchens best features, and especially if full of plates and sinks. So for us, this is best kept out of sight and will now be neatly tucked around the corner as you enter the kitchen. But at the same time, we do regularly use this area so it’s great it would now be in a more sociable location, in front of our open hatch. This means I will actually be able to hear what Tom’s saying to me when trying to talk to me from the other side of the room!
This swap-around within the new kitchen design layout has also made for a sleek arrangement of tall units and a mid-height oven. This is much better suited to us than the low level oven we currently have. This is especially so for Tom, who at 6 ft 4 and with a bad neck, will greatly benefit from not having to bend as he currently does when using the oven.
Another feature we really like is the handleless pan drawers in place of our current handled cupboards and oven. This looks so much more modern, and the clean lines of the handleless style really effect a stylish look and clutter-free feel.
The new kitchen furniture colours
In harmony with the handleless kitchen style, the Pearl grey laser kitchen base units combined with the white matt wall units create a fresh and modern kitchen look. We both feel really excited about this, and especially as furniture colour is something we couldn’t previously agree on! But the two tone configuration works really well and the white definitely balances out the grey tone, ensuring the kitchen is really light and bright.
The Teal kitchen splashback
And of course I need to mention the splashback colour in the new kitchen design! In retrospect we were so caught up in debating furniture colour during our initial design meeting we never got as far as splashbacks! So in my absence of a decision, my colleagues took it upon themselves to add in a petrol/ teal kitchen splashback! (It’s well known that Teal is my favourite colour and featured heavily in our wedding last year!)
The problem now is that I love the teal splashback –as does Tom; we agree it is fun and contemporary…except it just won’t go with anything else within our open plan space! Our existing living room colours are purple and black, which we’ve always liked for its neutrality, proving neither too masculine nor feminine. Teal has the same qualities, but where I am now contemplating redecorating our living room in all things teal, Tom has suggested the more sensible route of a purple kitchen splashback. So whilst a little begrudgingly on my part, we will ask for this to be changed in the new design.
Other changes within the new kitchen design
Aside from the splashback there are just a couple of other changes that we would like to make to our new kitchen design at this stage. The first is that the open shelving we would like as one single narrow storage cupboard. Secondly, we are keen to close the gap between the top of the wall units and ceiling.
We currently have this arrangement and use it for storage but this looks messy…and also after a recent mishap where a large ceramic tagine I was trying to reach smashed over my head, I’m very much keen for a change! So options for this would be extra height cabinets, or else a ceiling scribe to fill in the gap. We won’t be short of storage space within the new kitchen design so the second is probably the best option for us and will keep a balanced look between the wall and base units.
Our kitchen flooring ideas
As mentioned in my previous post one of my concerns for our new kitchen design is whether our flooring will work with more modern kitchen furniture colours. In the design images they have included our hopes of paler flooring than that which we have now, and this fits really well with the furniture colours. So I have begun my research into whether or not we can lighten what is in place and hopefully we can go from this, to this:
According to the gentleman I spoke to in a local flooring shop this refinishing should be possible through sanding and re-staining the existing flooring. The only potential problem being inconsistencies in colour because of the knots in the real wood. But personally I don’t see that as a problem; those inconsistencies are there already and rather than unsightly blemishes, they add character.
Modernising our stairs
I also mentioned in my original post that our kitchen is on the first floor and we have stairs immediately outside of it. Since we moved here these have always remained in their existing natural wood state (this was the same for our window frames but I later painted these white, and our fireplace black). We feel the wood looks very old-fashioned, and so finally I took the plunge and chosen a nice warm light grey tone (‘Mist’ by Habitat) to paint over them with! I have another stairway to go yet but already this has really lifted the look and made it appear much more modern! It even makes the laborious task of sanding before painting somewhat worthwhile! Together with our intended flooring this will hopefully enhance the kitchen look and modern update we are hoping for!
Next up is to arrange for a member of LWK’s Operations team to come and measure our kitchen properly. This is in place of my rough measurements to ensure accuracy, an essential given our sloping kitchen walls and awkward angles (not present in these drawings as I struggled so much to measure them!) At the same time they will assess our space so we can make a decision on whether our boiler would definitely need moving to achieve our intended design. The measurements, along with the design changes as outlined above will then be used to produce a second draft of our new kitchen plan. So look out for my next post with the next update on all of our progress!
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