To bring the project alive!
We were tasked to create a stunning feature for this £4.5M new build home in Ascot and our client, Croft Homes Developments.
We needed to ensure the aesthetics and materials used complemented the design, and the physical impact of the structure of the kitchen controlled the space in an appropriate manner to support this luxury developer client and their interior designer’s vision.
Testing the structure
The first stage was to test structure, and this resulted in us making the ceiling between the dining area and the kitchen the same level, and introducing the coffer over the island with lighting to make a more cohesive space. This was very well received by the client and makes the whole room visually more appealing. We also built the building structure out to niche the kitchen into the walls. The design of the kitchen was based on a fusion style using contemporary and classic elements together. The materials proposed for the project were decided alongside the interior designer and the client. We also suggested the use of coving around the kitchen and the coffer area.
The main problem we encountered was the need for a downdraft extractor (rather than overhead) and ducting it outside the premises which was quite a distance whilst keeping the cost of this extraction within an acceptable budget for the client. We achieved this by using the Gaggenau downdraft unit in their 200 series. We had a few issues with plasterwork niches which had to be created for us to fit our units into which resulted in some on-site adaptations to rectify.
Specification for this project was always going to be high-end to use the best materials available but, working within a ‘Developer’ budget rather than a residential client. That said the walnut veneer finished doors in the refrigeration and wine storage area are SieMatic’s top-level product (Price Group 8). These are stunning doors on a three-month lead time but, clearly have a very impacting effect on the whole kitchen. The blending of contemporary and classic styles together into the same kitchen always creates a level of design complexity which is important and challenging to get right.
Our unique suggestion to the contractor of building the ceiling down and creating the Coffer over the island with 2 feature pendants really did change the feel of the whole space and obviously, reduce their ceiling height which they were happy to do because of the impact of the feature. The use of niches over the wine area and the niche running horizontally over the top of the units which was lit was also a unique feature for this particular project and an intrinsic part of the design.
An impactful space full of style and emotion
This project was never going to be a budget kitchen to suit the style of house. The sense of impact into the space and the style and emotion that it creates truly met the client’s request and brief.
Your expertise was invaluable on this project and you created an excellent outcome for the client. It was refreshing to collaborate with a like-minded company, creating beautiful designs and experiencing excellent installation. The whole process gave us peace of mind; we were in safe hands at all times but the ultimate test was the new owners are thrilled with their kitchen.
- Georgina McCarthy, Croft Homes Developments Ascot
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