Your kitchen is the heart of your home, where the family congregates to eat, cook and socialise. Your kitchen tells a story of how you live and your habits and tastes. When undertaking a kitchen renovation, you should never underestimate the importance of good design and practicality, and you should choose to work with a kitchen designer who understands you, your family, your home and your lifestyle.
As part of an entire home renovation of their 1920s town house in Chelmsford, Essex, Sophie and Chris Hoxton created their dream kitchen by adding a side return extension to the family home. Not only did this create more space, it also opened up the back of the house, allowing natural light to flood the room. Having relocated to Chelmsford from London, the couple wanted to bring a touch of their London lifestyle to their new kitchen, and commissioned Burlanes to transform the space.
Handmade in our Kent workshop using Tulipwood and oak, and handpainted in Mylands 'Bond Street' with beautiful Silestone Quartz worksurfaces in 'Classic White', our Hoyden kitchen cabinetry is classic and timeless, and was the perfect choice for this galley kitchen.
With two large windows and beautiful Crittall style aluminium doors, the room is such a bright space flooded with natural light. Sophie and Chris were concerned that a dark paint colour would make their new kitchen feel dark and cramped, but when paired with the lovely white worktops, the result is in fact the compete opposite!
Although many of our clients chose to have their kitchen appliances integrated and out of sight, kitchens can still look just as lovely with appliances on show; we would simply advise on investing in good quality, matching appliances that suit the colour and style of your kitchen.
Our design team positioned the washing machine and tumble dryer side-by-side to the rear of the kitchen on the same side as the sink and dishwasher, meaning waste pipes and plumbing were a simpler process, and this also kept valuable cupboard and storage space in the main area of the working kitchen triangle. The simple wall cupboard above is home to the washing powder and other laundry essentials, keeping everything in one place and within easy reach.
Handmade shelves handpainted in the same 'Bond Street' as the cabinetry allow for additional storage space, without the need for lots of wall cupboards.
Positioning the sink beneath the window also allows for a lovely view of the couple's serene garden when washing up, and with the dishwasher so close by, rinsing plates before loading the dishwasher is a quick and simple task.
Before the extension, Chris and Sophie's kitchen was a much smaller and disjointed space, so when planning their new kitchen, they really wanted to make the most of all available space. Our design team created a number of layout options in the initial design stages, and the couple opted for a run of floor cabinets, and a lovely big freestanding larder unit and refrigerator surround.
Our signature Burlanes larder is a beautiful freestanding piece of furniture, that is designed, handmade and installed by our team of carpenters and craftsmen. Each larder we create is totally unique, with oak interior and fully adjustable shelves. You can then chose to add handmade spice racks, a pull-out toaster tray and vegetable drawers, or simply a few shelves and a lovely big cool slab of marble.
Chris and Sophie opted for a spice racks and pickle jars, oak shelving and three lovely big drawers for storage. A power socket was also integrated within the larder for the microwave. The couple did not want to waste precious worktop space with large appliances, so opting to integrate them within the cabinetry was the perfect decision.
In the initial stages of the kitchen extension, the plan was to knock out the original chimney breast, freeing up valuable worktop space along the original wall of the property, however during the design process, Chris and Sophie liked the idea of utilising the space instead. Not only did this reduce the costs slightly, it also gives the room an authentic feel, and adds to the rustic design of the rest of the home.
This also allowed our installation team to conceal the extractor fan within the chimney breast, with a direct route out of the home. The unique, handmade brickslip tiles add to the industrial style of the kitchen, and complete the room beautifully.
We are delighted that this kitchen installation has been featured in the September 2018 edition of Selfbuilder & Homemaker Magazine, discussing the joys of going bespoke in kitchen design. To see the feature, and to see more of Burlanes in the press, please click here.
Our design team are specialists in kitchen design, and our bespoke service means that we design, handmake and install your kitchen to suit your needs and lifestyle perfectly. If you are looking for inspiration or advice on your kitchen project, pop into one of our showrooms for a chat with our design team, or call us to book an appointment or home visit.
We provide a bespoke service from the first meeting to the final handover of a project. By listening to our clients' needs and working with them closely every step of the way; the result is a living space that works for lifestyle and budget.
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