Design of the month- Barclay

The Brief

As with many of our clients, Mr and Mrs Barclays requirement was clear:” our kitchen is too small- how can we increase what we have”.

The new design had to incorporate an existing American style fridge-freezer which didn’t fit into the current kitchen. In addition, newer technology appliances like a steam-combination and microwave combination ovens were desirable.

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We drew up plans to extend the kitchen into part of the garage space and a structural engineer prepared the calculations to meet local Building Control regulations. A beam in the centre of the room is just about visible.

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New window positions and sizes were planned to allow the extractor and glass splash back feature to stop at a defined point, thus giving an open feel to the space.

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Embedding the American fridge and modern eye-level ovens, meets the design requirement to have all the tall housing together.  These are built into the false wall to the garage which also provides the appliances with ventilation and plumbing.

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This open feel is also helped by having the worktop to ‘float’ into the window sill instead of the traditional up stand behind the sink.

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The location of the breakfast bar seating allows the cook of the day to socialise with family or friends. This does not compromise work preparation space and also affords a view into the garden. The glass splash back has been colour matched to the bar stool fabrics – which have been sourced from our Spanish supplier Vimens.