On our first meeting with Mr and Mrs B at their wonderful home in Glossop, it was clear they had already done a lot of research in preparation for their open plan kitchen. Mrs B had prepared some fabulous mood boards with photos that had inspired her from Tom Howley, Devol and Neptune Kitchens which gave us the starting point for the painted shaker cabinetry. However, unlike most high street companies, using Handcrafted Kitchens, bespoke kitchen specialists enabled her to choose every single detail of her kitchen from the cabinet handles to the bespoke pinboard and bookshelf!
Mrs B based the colour scheme on her glorious sofa upholstery fabric, predominantly deep blue with hints of orange and turquoise. Dark blue shaker cabinets with vintage brass door furniture were chosen, one of the strongest style trends to come through kitchen design for 2018.
Whilst she wanted a beautifully individual hand made kitchen, an important aspect was practical functioning. The designer kitchen had to incorporate plenty of storage space, the kitchen and utility appliances and of course it had to work for the family of 4, not forgetting the dog!
A large bifold larder cabinet was positioned centrally on the back wall in line with the kitchen island topped with marble quartz. Above the kitchen larder and wall cabinets is Mrs B’s ‘favourite part of the kitchen’, the long glazed storage cabinets with an etched multilingual cooking theme and period border.
The kitchen island with marble quartz worktop is multifunctional; acting as the main food preparation area with small seating area and plenty of storage for appliances and recycling.
The gorgeous white Everhot stove replacing the Rayburn performs a dual purpose for cooking and heating. In front of the window with a view to the garden is a double Belfast sink with vintage brass taps is positioned.
The tall cabinet next to the aga houses the integrated fridge freezer, microwave and ironing board. A beautiful warm orange glow emanates from the bookshelf above, reflecting the colour of the quarry tiles.
With the finishing touches of matching pin board, spice racks and eclectic wall plates and art work, this is truly an individual kitchen which allows the personality of the clients to shine through.
We are so pleased we were able to bring our clients dreams to reality and delighted with this testimonial;-
‘We chose HCK because we wanted to put an individual stamp on our kitchen and it occurred to us that a lot of the higher end kitchens all looked the same! My favourite part of the kitchen is the long glazed cabinets across the top of the back wall. I used to teach foreign languages and I was keen to have phrases we had selected on a cookery theme etched on them together with a period border. Mary suggested that it would be less expensive and just as effective to have them made with window film. She was right – they are absolutely stunning!
Our kitchen is such a pleasure to use now. All the cabinets are very well made and we love the Hague Blue colour which sets off the brass handles and our existing terracotta floor. The fitters Joe, Steve and Mike from HCK were very hard working and easy to get on with.”
Mrs B, Glossop.
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