Thinking about a new kitchen

Interior Design Q&A

Then perhaps now is the time to consider the bespoke option.

A bespoke kitchen is like a tailored suit giving you exactly the look you want. Individually designed and made-to-fit your house size, shape, style, colour/finish and budget. (within reason) Made-to-order kitchens can start at anything from around £15,000 upwards, so this might not be appropriate for anyone on a particularly tight budget.

But it can/should be, still be considered a serious investment when compared to an off-the-shelf generic range that will, by definition, be a compromise. By spending more on a bespoke kitchen, you’ll get one that’s designed and built to your specifications and made to last. Rather than one that you’re not entirely satisfied with, potentially dates in style faster than you’d like and needs more maintenance over its lifetime.

A bespoke kitchen is like a tailored suit giving you exactly the look you want. Individually designed and made-to-fit your house size, shape, style, colour/finish and budget.

The advantages and justifications for bespoke kitchens are numerous. From the basics of maximising space eg. not being restricted to standard unit sizes and doors fronts, so it works around - and for you. Instead of having to adapt to what literally comes off the shelf. To getting the exact wood veneer, handle style, granite or colour finish you want, to suit you and your overall interior, including any awkward or difficult spaces, sloping roof lines etc that would otherwise be wasted.

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We consider the kitchen to be a fully integrated element of the overall interior solution for a whole space. Which may have obvious links with flooring materials, for example and how they connect or define the areas beyond. In addition to lighting and more subtle decorative styling cues to other architectural or finishing details elsewhere, all to give the best possible cohesive result.

Getting all these separate functions to work together makes the design aspect even more crucial!

Choices of are almost limitless these days, with the options for surface materials, colours, finishes and styles, coupled with the enormous variety of built-in or free-standing cooking appliances and extraction methods. Even more so with the increasing use of integrated technology from lighting to music & TV’s, in-conjunction with decisions to make on flooring, feature lighting, window covering methods - the list goes on, making the selection process very challenging. The whole design process can become more important and complex still when the kitchen, once separate and a stand-alone room, has now become part of a larger multi-functional space. The hub of the house, to include more often than not, family dining and a key living/relaxing area. Getting all these separate functions to work together makes the design aspect even more crucial!

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We have helped a numerous clients organise this very difficult space just for them, or with an extended family/social group in mind too.

Preparing a wish list is useful and a good place to start, or to get you thinking about what you ‘need’. From particular storage/display requirements to colour, style & material preference, to must have appliances like steam ovens and coffee machines. The more direction you can provide the better. Searching for some inspiration online, looking at sites such as Pintrest & Houzz can help clarify, or at least narrow down your style preferences before discussing the brief & your personal lifestyle in greater detail. Ideally have the briefing in the space or with the house plans handy for a fuller and wider understanding of all space and structural parameters.

However if even that level of research is just too overwhelming, we can certainly make recommendations based on your lifestyle & our years of experience.

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