A classic shaker kitchen for a penthouse apartment

When Jan purchased a penthouse apartment in a converted chapel in Didsbury, Manchester, she wanted to replace the ultra-modern kitchen with a classic shaker style kitchen more in keeping with the Victorian architectural features in the apartment.

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A classic shaker kitchen for a penthouse apartment

The nature of the space meant the kitchen layout couldn’t change much, so working with a company who were prepared to consider utilising parts of the existing kitchen, such as the work surface and appliances was important to Jan. Equally important was a company that could offer a full project management service like Kitchen Design Centre.

Rowan Chick at the Urmston showroom took all of this into consideration and was able to provide a range of options and ideas from a completely new solution to a hybrid of existing and new. It soon became clear that the new kitchen would be compromised too much by using the existing worktops but Jan was pleased that Rowan explored all the available options.

Jan was keen to move the oven & microwave and create more storage. Rowan did this by incorporating cupboards under the island and moving the oven and microwave and ‘stacking’ them to make more efficient use of the space.

Jan particularly liked the inspiration she was able to glean from the Urmston showroom and knowing she wanted a shaker style for a more classic look, was delighted with the wide range of door and handle options she was presented with. Her first thought was to go for a dark grey to match the room’s radiators but Rowan presented a lighter colour: Hampton Pearl Grey which Jan loved and matched with handles that worked perfectly. To ensure the light in the room was maximised, a light colour worktop was selected in Attico Quartz.

A classic shaker kitchen for a penthouse apartment

Jan already had Neff appliances and loved them so Rowan worked her existing Neff hob and dishwasher in to the new kitchen and added to them with a new Neff Hide and Slide oven, Neff Combination Microwave oven and integrated fridge freezer. This was complemented by a Blanco sink and mixer tap.

Rowan also introduced the curved cornice to the wall units adding a perfect finishing touch to reflect the ornate features of the high ceilings.

Jan is delighted with the finished kitchen and can’t praise Rowan and Kitchen Design Centre enough, “Rowan’s patience and knowledge was incredible. He was willing to try so many different options and went above and beyond with the amount of work he put in at the design stage. I needed a one-stop shop and Kitchen Design Centre delivered, handling the whole process from start to finish. Everyone from Rowan to the fitters were fantastic.”

"I needed a one-stop shop and Kitchen Design Centre delivered, handling the whole process from start to finish. Everyone from Rowan to the fitters were fantastic."

What Our Designer Says

"This room had the ‘wow’ factor but the existing kitchen didn’t work, being too modern. A new Shaker style works perfectly and makes the room. It was a challenge to work with this space and incorporate existing elements and appliances but we found the perfect solution in the end."
Rowan Chick
Rowan Chick

Rowan Chick
Urmston, Manchester

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