The kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where family gather to eat, kids do their homework, friends visit for coffee or evening entertainment, and in recent times we have used the kitchen for home schooling and working. A kitchen has to be so multifunctional in today’s world that an ‘off the peg’ kitchen simply falls short of providing the versatility required for each member of the family. A bespoke kitchen, however, is uniquely handmade to fit your home perfectly and is as individual as you are. So, whatever your style or the size of your kitchen, your hobbies or lifestyle, Handcrafted Kitchens can design a bespoke kitchen which will include all the essentials and the unique touches that will improve you and your family’s lifestyle (including your four legged friends)!
Improve or move?
If you love the location of your home but long for better space it makes much more sense to make home improvements rather than moving, not to mention the disruption a house move can make. Reinvesting in your home certainly makes more economic sense with loft extensions, new bathrooms and kitchens being the most popular ways to improve. Open plan kitchens are increasingly popular particularly with young families, creating a more spacious kitchen with natural light and incorporating zones for dining and relaxing. If your home isn’t big enough to allow the dream kitchen you are looking for, moving house may be the best option where you will have a blank canvas to start with. Opening up the kitchen could involve an extension or simply knocking through to an unused dining room. Adding bifold or sliding doors further will vastly increase the natural light flow, enhancing well being with a connection to the outdoors.
Unique and made to measure
Kitchen islands are rapidly becoming the most popular feature in a bespoke kitchen because they are so versatile. From family eating to evening socialising, show off chefs or just homework with the kids, kitchen islands fulfil so many functions and with a bespoke kitchen you can have a kitchen island that is unique to you. As large or as small as you like, we can fit an island into almost any kitchen. Why not put a wine cooler in your island for the ultimate in home entertainment or how about a bespoke champagne cooler in the work surface? Add a breakfast bar or banquette seating or if space is at a premium keep to a simple work surface.
Period homes and unusual sizes
Whatever the size of your home a bespoke kitchen is designed not to waste space as there is no such thing as a ‘standard size’ cabinet. If you have sloping walls or alcoves we will incorporate these into the design and every kitchen fits perfectly in proportion with the height and size of the room. Often kitchen extensions can leave large supporting beams which can be cleverly worked into the design with a bespoke kitchen so you don’t even notice them. Take a look at the support in the two kitchens below which have been incorporated into the kitchen islands.
In the kitchen below a mantel has been created to disguise the vertical support structure of the extension.
Incorporate state of the art appliances
Make cooking fun with state of the art appliances. The Bora Hob with its integrated extraction is not only highly functional but comes with the option of a teppanyaki hot plate so you can cook like the professionals. Make your work surfaces clutter free by installing a Quooker hot water tap. With a bespoke kitchen you can put a hob in a kitchen island and design your cabinets and seating area around it in whatever arrangement you desire. Choose whether to have oak drawer boxes or traditional shaker doors with internal shelves. Made to measure larder cabinets and dressers will fit appliances exactly; choose your own internal layout incorporating spice and bottle racks. As well as state of the art appliances make sure you think about installing discreet power points for mobile devices or computers and speakers to ensure the chef enjoys the sound from your home entertainment system!
Add some of your personality
With a bespoke kitchen it is easy to put your own personal mark on your kitchen and it will be clear for all to see the difference between a ‘high street kitchen’ and one tailor-made for you. Choose any colour or a combination of colours. Incorporate shelves or glass cabinets to display your treasures, artwork and photographs. Personal touches can be added to cabinets such as glass etching on cabinets or engraved drawers to make your kitchen absolutely unique. You can be sure at Handcrafted Kitchens we will design a unique kitchen creating the wow factor you have always dreamed of.
Colour and finish
Once you have finalised the design of your kitchen having considered everything from appliances, storage, discrete power points and the internal layouts of larder cabinets you can think about the colour and finishes. We can paint kitchen cabinets any colour of your choice, perhaps using more than one colour or we can make cabinets with natural wood such as oak, walnut or cherry. There is an array of choices that can be used for work surfaces depending on your style and usage. We will advise you on the most appropriate material to suit your lifestyle.
Choosing a bespoke high quality kitchen means it will be totally unique to you and your family and built to stand the test of time for years to come. If you would like to explore the possibilities of a bespoke kitchen call us on 0161 4837821 or complete our contact form for a free design consultation.