Enhancing everydayTheneedtoreplaceadilapidatedkitchen gave this family the opportunity to completely reconfigure their downstairs space
Our old kitchen was 15 years old and falling apart,” says Alison Wyatt, who lives in this Edwardian property in Wimbledon with her husband Gary and their two children. “We wanted our new room to be better suited to entertaining, and be practical and robust enough for family life.” At same time as replacing the kitchen, the couple decided to build a rear return extension, knock the kitchen and dining room into one, move the utility room, install underfloor heating, landscape the garden and add an underground wine cellar.
“Style-wise, the clients wanted a sleek and contemporary design, but using a stunning hue for the wow factor,” explains Andy Stone of Andy Stone Interior Design, who created the kitchen. “For minimalism, I limited the colours to two. We began with Corian worktops in Glacier Ice – chosen for its durability and ability to have a lip on the front edge in the wet area – and then used
www.utopiamag.co.uk blue on the handleless lacquer doors with colour-matched glass splashbacks.” The choice of oak for the flooring was echoed in the dining area furniture for continuity.
To keep the whole family area looking tidy, the Wyatts wanted to maximise storage capacity and worktop area, and also enable any surface clutter to be easily hidden away. “After considering a number of concept layouts, this island design won for sociability, ease of movement, ergonomics and an up-to-date look,” Andy continues. “To provide the storage facilities required, we needed to make the most of the tall cabinets. However, using too many cupboards risked sacrificing worktop space and overpowering the room. Since there was one obvious wall to place them, we chose full-depth cabinets running right into the corner, where a 1200mm-wide steel tambour shutter allows the countertop to be hidden away in an instant.” ...