Our artist client wanted a colourful modern kitchen – something quirky and original which would make her smile – with lots of natural light. That sounded like a great brief to us.  

She said,

“I like interesting finishes that are new to me. I am not looking for everything matching. I prefer to have an eclectic mix of styles and finishes.” 

We saw this as a chance to really enjoy getting into the details of how a good quality, handmade kitchen can be built, and a chance to create an alternative to identikit off-the-peg kitchens. 

When we first visited the house, the kitchen was dark and damp. The glazed side-extension was built in the mid-1990s and has dark green aluminium frames. It was mostly still perfectly good, so replacing it would be expensive and wasteful.  

We started the design by looking at layout options – if we took away the structural wall between the kitchen and the extension, where could our client dine, cook, sit and look at the garden – and where could she enter the room and go out into her back garden? And what would each of these options mean for natural light? We discussed about eight possible layouts with our client, and she liked the idea of dining and reading in natural light and not blocking any of the routes through her house.

When our client was happy with the layout, we started working in 3D, drawing the space, the structure, and the kitchen in Sketchup. Once these were working well, our client came to our office where we have lots of samples and we had fun developing a palette of materials to make a colourful modern kitchen.  

At the end she said,

“Thanks Jo, lovely photos of my lovely kitchen that you and Adrie designed and delivered. Well done” 

KBB magazine described this as,

“a beautiful project – perfect for the cover”.

It is on the front cover of the February 2023 issue of Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms (KBB) magazine and in an 8 page spread.

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