Open plan living doesn’t always have to mean building an extension. With thoughtful kitchen design and planning, an open plan kitchen can be achieved by removing a wall to open up the existing space you already have in your home. In this beautiful detached home in Bramhall an open plan kitchen was created by removing a wall between the kitchen and living room and redesigning the kitchen to create a whole new space for the way this family wanted to live.
A new solution
Before the kitchen was redesigned this home had a separate lounge and kitchen which featured a kitchen island for informal eating and sofas for relaxing, but no dining table. What the family really wanted was an open plan kitchen and living space where the whole family could feel together even if they were doing something individually in their own space.
Knocking down the wall gave them a vast area so it was important to create zones for different functions; cooking, entertaining and simply lounging!
The new peninsula kitchen island with seating for 6 people defines the cooking zone. Whilst the hob is positioned in a similar position, the new island makes better use of space, making way for a new dining and entertainment zone.
Design and Function
The handmade Classic bespoke Shaker kitchen cabinets with cockbead frame will stand the test of time in terms of design and function. Painted in Farrow and Ball Manor House Grey, they are both beautiful and highly practical. Floor to ceiling, they utilise the available space to the maximum.
A bifold larder cabinet stores small appliances such as the toaster and blender in addition to dry foodstuffs, all neatly out of sight. The corner area next to the window has been designated for cookery books and a drinks station. In the centre two single ovens are positioned side by side for ease of use, with pan drawers below. A double cabinet houses a breakfast station with microwave, coffee machine, solid oak shelves and drawers. The undermount sink, positioned in the window, is now complete with Quooker hot water tap so there is no need for a kettle to clutter the work surface.
With the wall and sofas removed a whole new entertainment zone was created complete with a dining table and large handmade bespoke drinks cabinet. Designed in the same Shaker style as the kitchen cabinets and painted in contrasting Farrow and Ball, Downpipe, the cabinet features a wine cooler, wine bottle racks, open shelving for spirits with tongue and groove back and clear glass cabinetry to store glasses.
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