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REAL HOMES 22 Digging deep Excavating the basement presented an opportunity to create a longed-for light-filled entertaining kitchen in this West London home.

50 On another level Never overlook the power and beauty the right worksurfaces can bring to your kitchen.

66 Parallel lines A contemporary barn conversion kitchen comprising three stretches of cabinetry makes for a cool space to cook and entertain.

78 Ahead of the curve This modern, curved kitchen is created for ease of everyday living but also cries out to be used for entertaining.

REALHOME

Never overlook the power and beauty the right worksurfaces can bring to your kitchen. ON ANOTHER LEVEL

Photography by James Greig

THE OWNERS

A business owner lives in this detached, five-bedroom house in a Hampshire village with her husband and two young sons.

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TOP CLASS

The kitchen worktop needs to be tough enough to withstand whatever you can throw at it and still stay stylish.

Although choosing the cabinetry for a new kitchen project may be top of the to-do list for many home owners, they could be well advised to consider the worktops first. ‘The worktop is a central feature of any kitchen design, needing to combine the perfect balance of beauty and function,’ says Daniel Bowler, Director of kitchen design company Eggersmann UK. ‘It can be a good idea for home owners to choose the work surfaces first when designing a kitchen from scratch, then introducing other materials, colours and finishes to complement and contrast.’

Today the choice of worktop materials and finishes available is quite staggering, from traditional natural materials to the ever-advancing man-made surfaces. All are beautiful in their own way and each one brings a unique character to the kitchen. Hard woods, such as rich oak, bring warmth and texture, and some, including teak and iroko are ideal for wet areas in the kitchen as their oily composition makes them naturally waterresistant, as are natural stones, such as granite and marble. These can be highly polished for a luxe look – and price – and bring unique patterning and colour variation to the kitchen.

Indeed the worktop really sets the tone for the kitchen’s design and the reason for this is that it is on the horizontal plane, so along with the choice of flooring, it makes a strong first impression.

A practical take on these surfaces, the modern quartz composites mix 90% quartz crystals with synthetic binders to create a surface that is consistently coloured and

Above: Known for sinks and taps, Franke has launched a range of premium stainless steel worksurfaces, which includes Puresteel, an 8mm solid stainless steel worksurface with a Franke-exclusive unique glass ceramic coating called Pearl Finish which repels water, is anti-fingerprint and easy to clean. Worksurfaces are made bespoke to order and can include integrated stainless steel sinks, taps and gas burner or induction hobs. franke.co.uk

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Crafted from quartz, Bianco Nuvola from Eggersmann has a distinctive marble-like grey veining which makes it a popular choice for island units and splashbacks.

Kitchens from £40,000. eggersmann.com

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Style/Design/Trends 30 Top class The kitchen worktop needs to be tough enough to withstand whatever you can throw at it and still stay stylish.

56 Hotel luxury Make the perfect reservation at home with a five-star, hotel-inspired bathroom.

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As the workhorse of any kitchen, the worktop needs to be hard-wearing and practical - but the impact it creates aesthetically should never be underestimated.

Showcasing marble-inspired Caesarstone quartz worksurfaces, this striking example perfectly demonstrates that the right choice of worktop can elevate a kitchen to a stratospheric level.

Forming part of an extensive home renovation, the beautiful living space was designed by Kitchen Flair working in close collaboration with First Stone Worktops for a couple with two young children.

“Our kitchen has always been the central hub to our house…so we needed something that was practical, but that also looked stunning,” the homeowner recalls. “I wanted a modern kitchen; handleless but with some sort of wood door to give some depth. Marble-style worktops that were easy to look after were also a must!” Kitchen Flair trade sales designer Michael Willetts explains, “The client wanted to create a large family kitchen with a very modern feel, without being too cold or clinical, preferably two-tone with a mixture of colours and textures.

“Due to how the space was configured, this was broken down into three separate areas - the main working kitchen, a central island and a long feature wall.

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Regulars 10 Retail therapy Our hand-picked selection of the very latest must-haves for the kitchen and bathroom.

28 In the spotlight Channel 4 A Place in The Sun presenter Sara Damergi.

43 Focus on... Bathroom furniture Contemporary or traditional – we round up the latest, stylish pieces to help you create some bathroom bliss.

74 Showroom Showcase We visit some of the top design spaces in the UK.

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