Project Name: Bespoke kitchen design & Family Room – West London
Floor Area: 40sqm
Project Time Taken: 5 months
Interior designer – Lauraine Shaw
Completion of Project: Spring 2014
The clients of this property lived in a carefully protected conservation area in North London, which has a ban on extensions or external alterations. They wanted Holloways of Ludlow to create a central open plan kitchen and family room where the family could spend time together, whether watching a movie, preparing a meal, doing homework or spend time with friends. Holloways of Ludlow had previously worked on other areas of the client’s home, and they wanted the new kitchen and family space to reflect the style of the rest of their home, which featured rich tones and textures.
The client wanted a feature worktop on the island, which looked like marble but was more durable and suited for daily family use. Holloways of Ludlow’s designer found some beautiful scants of ‘White Macaubas’ from natural stone suppliers in Verona – this is a light coloured Quartzite with prominent veining, which closely resembles marble. The dark stained oak, which features throughout the cabinet interiors, provided an element of luxury and an elegant contrast against the cabinet doors. Holloways of Ludlow also wanted to install a flush-fitting extractor so that it wouldn’t compete for attention with the elegant silk drum shade with chandelier that hung above the island. Usually this type of extractor requires the whole ceiling to be dropped to accommodate the appliance and ducting, but since the space already had lower ceiling, we didn’t want to lose any more height so we installed a bulkhead, the same shape as the island to provide the space for a flush extractor. Spotlights were also integrated into the dropped bulkhead.
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Creation / planning process
In order to achieve the open plan and family room space, Holloways of Ludlow removed walls, a staircase and a utility room, as well as levelling floors and ceilings to provide the illusion that the space was always one large open plan kitchen and living room.
The client wanted a kitchen with a mix of classic, contemporary, luxury and functionality. They had collected a variety of images of kitchens with a contemporary but classic feel. Holloways of Ludlow’s final kitchen design draws upon those images mixed with the rich tones and luxurious colours, fabrics and finishes evident in other completed rooms in their home.
The cabinet doors are a classic Shaker style panelled door. However, the spray finish, ‘lay-on’ installation (as opposed to the more traditional ‘in-frame’ application usually associated with shaker doors) and handle-less opening system provide a contemporary twist to this design. This further enhanced by the completely flat drawer fronts on the island. The cabinets are painted in London Stone Estate eggshell. The breakfast cupboard is lined in dark stained oak and the drawer interiors are also made from dark stained oak.
How it went?
The entire kitchen is bespoke – handmade by cabinetmakers at our workshop. Due to the shape of room we designed and built a tall wall of cabinets between the formal dining space and the kitchen so that we could create a symmetrical focal point for the entire space. By squaring up the main kitchen space Holloways of Ludlow also gained logical positions for island, the sink run and a spacious soft seating/TV area at the end of the room.
Gagganau appliances were chosen for their unique combination of design and function, allowing the clients to do some ‘serious cooking’ and entertaining around the island.
Favourite room / part of the project and why?
I like the symmetry and stature of the tall cabinet with the ovens, and I love the colour combination of the dark wood with the London Stone. The range of finishes and materials used created a living room feel, so that the kitchen and seating area can be enjoyed throughout the day, not just when cooking or eating is in progress. This is a central hub of the home for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
Even after major restructuring, we were still left with a very oddly shaped room, with lots of windows and faceted corners. To restore some sense of order and symmetry, we built a tall wall of cabinets between the formal dining space and the kitchen, from which we could align an island unit. By squaring up the main kitchen space we also gained logical positions for the sink run and the spacious family room section at the end of the room.