Jan 2013 Design of the Month – Mr and Mrs Britten

This month’s Design of the Month is awarded for Mr and Mrs Britten’s Kitchen, designed by Chris.

Mr and Mrs Britten went for a strong contrasting Terra Oak door mixed with Magnolia from German supplier Hacker, which has resulted in a truly striking kitchen.

Mr and Mrs Britten’s Kitchen

Mr and Mrs Britten are making best use of the space with a peninsular unit incorporating hob and extractor.
It is a fantastic focal point from wherever you enter the kitchen.

The dark wood base units are bordering on a black, but are just subtle enough to soften the completely monochrome finish.

Large Pan Drawers

The kitchen benefits from having large pan drawers, making the best use of the space.  Pan drawers are great because you don’t have to crouch down and lean in and out of cupboards for big bulky items like saucepans.  The shallower internal drawers are best for storing small utensils, and all the other general kitchen knick-knacks.  (I can never find the bottle opener when I need it – you could find it easily in these organised drawers!)

Sink Run

Mr and Mrs Britten have chosen the handleless look for their kitchen, which we all agree contributes to making the kitchen streamlined, sleek and contemporary.  The black granite worktop has been cut with a sloping bevelled edge to allow easier access to the finger groove above the doors (see pic below!) This creates the illusion of a very slim worktop when viewed from eye level.

Sink Run 2

Mr and Mrs Britten have plinth lights which illuminate the floor level, and create another focal area.  They really add to the glamour of this lovely kitchen.

Hob View

The above view shows the back of the island, which is a breakfast bar, and perfect for tucking the barstools underneath and out of the way when not in use.  The side panels obscure the view of the overhanging worktop, contributing to the sleek design of the kitchen.

Roller Shutter

This is a view of the glass roller shutter – this is the perfect place to store all those kitchen items that clutter up the worktop (toasters, kettles, mixers…) out of the way.  No lifting and hiding away in valuable cupboard space, just close the roller shutter!

Pull Out Larder

The pull out larder is another great space saving storage solution.  You can easily access everything in there as the items come out to meet you, and there is little chance of forgetting about food which used to just get shoved to the back of the cupboard and left to go out of date.  Not any more!

Oven Wall

Instead of using the Terra Oak for the accent doors on the oven housings, a gloss black door was chosen. These doors pick up on the black glass doors of the ovens and microwave, making the transition from furniture to appliances seem seamless!

Mr and Mrs Britten have got nine Miele appliances, which allows them to take advantage of being in Miele’s Connoisseur Club.  The benefits of this are: they will have their own personal at-home demonstration with a Miele product specialist, as well as a complimentary luxury hamper, £200 of Miele store accessories vouchers, and a dedicated support phone number just for members.

Hob Run

Lighting is really important in a kitchen.  You need to have ambient lighting to make the room pleasant and fun to be in, as well as task lighting to be able to see all the cooking

From this view, you can see the under cabinet lighting.  This is the most effective task lighting, and you can see with this range, it really does give out great light so you can see exactly what you’re doing!

Dresser Unit

Just off the main kitchen is a nice dining area, which Mr and Mrs Britten have decided to dress with a matching terra oak side unit, a great place to store the good china and posh serving platters that are brought out for special occasions.  We love how Mr and Mrs Britten have accessorised with simple and classic items.

Dresser Unit

This kitchen has been a real success, we love every aspect and feature, and we hope Mr and Mrs Britten enjoy using their kitchen as much as we enjoy seeing the finished project