They approached three other kitchen companies but Kitchen Design Centre and Designer Suzanne Ryan were the obvious choice: Kitchen Design Centre’s design focus, instead of a heavy sales approach impressed them and they were delighted with Suzanne’s first design, feeling she understood the brief to create a high-end kitchen, as Derrick explains,
“The main thing for us was a strong design and this was evident right from the start when Suzanne presented her first design and we loved it. It was exactly what we wanted and we couldn’t believe she’d nailed it at the first attempt. We knew from the start that we could work really well with her; we felt we could trust her which was important.”
Suzanne changed the layout of the kitchen space completely. Their existing kitchen lacked flair, consisting of a peninsular based layout which resulted in a lot of wasted space. She totally reconfigured it, creating a much more open space and introduced a large island in the middle of the kitchen which not only creates a focal point in the room but also provides the perfect dining area. The new design also incorporates many high-end elements throughout, such as the bench seating area and Quartz window sills, both adding to the overall high-end look and feel.
Derrick and Mandy knew the colours they wanted and selected the colour palette from the wide range of samples in the showroom, opting for Laser soft graphite lacquer doors with summer oak silver grey effect wood contrast. For the worktops they went for a 30mm Quartz worktop in New Yarra which has a subtle sparkle, complementing the floor tiles and adding to the overall luxurious feel.
A sleek look was important and Suzanne achieved this with her design and by specifying high-end appliances. Neff was the brand of choice for all the main appliances, a Blanco undermount sink was also selected together with a Quooker Flex Tap with Cube tank for chilled and sparkling water.
The end result is a high-end contemporary kitchen that is not only practical, cleverly utilising space but also has the ‘wow’ factor with a high-end look and feel. The introduction of an island works so much better than the existing peninsular design and has created considerably more storage and work top space for the couple.
Derrick and Mandy are delighted with the end result and Kitchen Design Centre, “The end result is fabulous; The kitchen looks incredible and is just what we wanted. We can’t recommend KDC enough, from Suzanne who wowed us with her first design and throughout with her fantastic project management skills to the fitters who were brilliant with their fantastic attention to detail and craftsmanship.”
"The end result is fabulous; The kitchen looks incredible and is just what we wanted."
"It was great to work with Derrick and Mandy. They were really open to my ideas and the end result is a totally transformed space with a contemporary kitchen that looks incredible. It’s more practical and has a luxurious, sleek look and feel."Suzanne Ryan