Accessible attractive kitchen
Jo and David wanted a modern kitchen that would work for all the family but, also enable Jo, as a full-time wheelchair user, to make food and access storage. David is a keen cook, so it had to work for able-bodied chefs too!
On top of all this, the contemporary kitchen had to look lovely in a large open-plan space.
We designed this contemporary bespoke kitchen to have three different heights to enable Jo and her family to prepare and cook food easily. For example, the accessible worktop with a custom-made sink was made to be 870mm – the perfect height for a wheelchair user.
Other key features in this design include wheelchair level ovens with tray slides that sit directly under two Neff Slide & Glide ovens, a Neff Steamer and a Microwave, so hot oven trays can be moved easily across each tray slide.
A pull-out shelf allows for food / trays to be moved easily to the worktop level that was designed to be lower than standard for wheel-chair use.
In front of the hob, there is also a protective lip at the edge of the worktop to stop a pan from boiling over onto the floor, or onto the client’s lap. Cosentino also custom-made a stone sink, so it wasn’t too deep for our client to reach into.
The architects included wood slatting across the entire ground floor that created a stunning feature in the kitchen space. Each slat was designed to run with precision over the door units. There were also toasters and pull-out drawers hidden behind this area which were designed to be isolated from the power when the doors were closed.
Living life independently
Mixing different materials and textures in a kitchen space created interest and contrast. The striking mix of the stained wood slatting, sterling grey cabinetry and durable Dekton Keon worktops in this collaborative kitchen design creates a real wow factor.
This kitchen design works for each family member with varying needs and heights. It is a space that allows the whole family to enjoy and create memories together.
"The pull-out shelves under each hot appliance are very functional (extra work surface where you need it!) and a safety feature for a seated cook. A sink you can get your legs under is a must if you’re a wheelchair user, and I am pretty proud of my funny little drawer to hide washing up cloths in!"
- Jo Wright, Hampshire
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