A calm, cosy, traditional kitchen for a West Yorkshire Home

When Mr and Mrs Slingsby decided to change the kitchen in their Ilkley home, they went to four different kitchen companies in Ilkley and Harrogate but weren’t impressed with any of them. They felt the sales techniques they employed were rather pushy and didn’t click with the designers. It was a recommendation from their builder that pointed them in Kitchen Design Centre and Maxine Hutchinson’s direction and the rest as they say, is history.

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The couple had changed their kitchen several times over the years but were never happy with it, feeling it never worked in the space and the quality wasn’t as they expected. This all changed when they met Maxine at Kitchen Design Centre. Maxine proposed flipping the kitchen completely so that the kitchen and dining area swapped places. Knocking a wall down also created extra space and enabled Maxine to design a separate dining and entertainment area with built in wine fridge.

Mr and Mrs Slingsby were delighted with Maxine’s initial designs and soon let her loose on the entire kitchen. The only brief was to keep the existing range cooker and the couple wanted a double Belfast sink and as much fridge freezer space as possible.

Central to Maxine’s design was a stunning island with quartz worktops that also included a breakfast bar with separate wood surface. In keeping with the traditional nature of the design, Maxine also incorporated a traditional Quooker tap and looked closely at fridge and freezer space. As this was important to the couple, Maxine built in to two tall 70/30 fridge freezers side by side.

It is the individual design elements that really make the kitchen: the feature blue wall above the range that Maxine suggested works perfectly with the pearl grey and taupe colours of the kitchen, making this the perfect, cosy, inviting space the couple were looking for.

Finished Kitchen

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Says Mrs Slingsby, “we’re absolutely delighted with the kitchen and spend all our time in here now. Everything went really smoothly despite it being such a big job. We’re so happy with it we’ve told everyone how fabulous Maxine and Kitchen Design Centre are.”

Maxine Hutchinson who designed the kitchen says:

“I was lucky that Mr and Mrs Slingsby gave me free reign when it came to designing the kitchen and really trusted me. I was delighted that they went with all my ideas, especially swapping the whole area around so the cooking part of the kitchen was in an entirely new space. Knocking walls down is always a big step but in this case it has really worked, creating an entertainment area with built in wine cooler and a separate dining area. My aim was to create a calm, cosy, inviting traditional kitchen for this beautiful home and I feel I’ve achieved this.”

"We’re absolutely delighted with the kitchen and spend all our time in here now. Everything went really smoothly despite it being such a big job. We’re so happy with it we’ve told everyone how fabulous Maxine and Kitchen Design Centre are."

What Our Designer Says

"I was delighted that they went with all my ideas, especially swapping the whole area around so the cooking part of the kitchen was in an entirely new space. Knocking walls down is always a big step but in this case it has really worked, creating an entertainment area with built in wine cooler and a separate dining area."

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