Big ideas for a smaller kitchen

With careful planning, great design and great products, there’s no need to let a smaller kitchen get in the way of cooking, entertaining and creating the wow factor that all new kitchens should have.

Kitchen Plan

Big ideas for a smaller kitchen

Every square inch of Mr and Mrs Scully’s kitchen has been utilised to create a spacious modern living space that reinvents the old room completely.

Having moved into a new build home, the pair were adamant that their family kitchen had to be changed – it was pretty much exactly the same as every other kitchen on their estate, put in by the builder and was simply too basic and uninspiring for them.

They wanted something creative…something a little bit different – and that, says Dawn Scully, is why they ultimately chose Kitchen Design Centre.

She said: “We were pretty convinced that Kitchen Design Centre were the right company for us when we read the case studies on their website. We saw some of the possibilities available and everyone had a different idea of what they wanted and all seemed so pleased with the end result.”

However, whilst Mr and Mrs Scully had a rough idea of what they wanted, designer Roger Astin came up with a more innovative design concept designed to make the room feel noticeably more spacious.

“I noticed when he was measuring he kept looking at my utility room,” said Mrs Scully.

“Roger returned and had produced a design where my island sink area had been connected to the small cramped space where my utility room used to be. With a feature being made from housing the boiler we were then able to have large bifold doors opening up into my garden. We were instantly impressed.”

Roger said: “It’s amazing how a smaller kitchen can look larger with the right layout, materials and choice of finishes, however opening up the utility room and creating more space and light with the bifolds proved to be the key really.”

Finished Kitchen

“Small kitchens that sparkle with both efficiency and style can have just as much impact as the mega-kitchen while embracing a little more cosiness.”

The counter and floor surfaces are interesting in texture, hue and tone – with smooth Kashmir cupboards, textured dark wood contrasts, smooth Corian worktops and shiny porcelain flooring. This design trick fools the senses into believing that the small kitchen is actually larger than it really is.

Combined with the back-splash, it not only establishes a strong horizontal line, but also makes the room appear longer, wider and taller. Two important design elements are bi-folding doors that lead into the garden and many spotlights on the ceiling. This is crucial to the overall feel, Roger explains.

“The more light you have the more spacious your kitchen will seem,” he said.

Mrs Scully had already decided on a microwave and oven, but, to add symmetry in the bank of tall units, they wanted one more cooking appliance. Roger suggested a steam oven, as it was perfect for the Scully’s healthy lifestyle, enabling them to cook vegetables and other things to a very high standard retaining more flavour and vitamins.

She said: “Due to time, I don’t do that much cooking so we just wanted the basics. But the steam oven really does add to the look and it’s great for steaming vegetables.

“We were sold on the Quooker boiling tap straight away – it’s just so convenient not to have to use a kettle, which takes up unnecessary space and waiting time.

“Of course in any kitchen, storage is vital. Roger has completely reinvented my storage areas giving me storage of different types – there’s plenty of room.”

It’s not just the kitchen that Mr and Mrs Scully loved. The speed, efficiency, workmanship and design skills of Kitchen Design Centre are what impressed her the most.

“I have heard so many horror stories about companies messing up some of my friend’s kitchens – but we didn’t experience any of that with KDC,” she said.

“There was no pressure or hassle – they just came, measured up, presented their ideas and went away. They did a great job for us from start to finish.”

"We were pretty convinced that Kitchen Design Centre were the right company for us when we read the case studies on their website."

What Our Designer Says

"It’s amazing how a smaller kitchen can look larger with the right layout, materials and choice of finishes, however opening up the utility room and creating more space and light with the bifolds proved to be the key really.”

“Small kitchens that sparkle with both efficiency and style can have just as much impact as the mega-kitchen while embracing a little more cosiness."
Roger Astin
Roger Astin

Roger Astin
Manchester

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