Now the boiler has gone from my kitchen, I am getting quotes for fitting the kitchen out anew. Initially, I was thinking of just putting up three new wall cupboards where the boiler was, but I’ll never match the existing units. I then considered changing the doors and draw-fronts so everything matches, but while the existing units are functionally ok, they were a bit old and tatty when I moved in! I’ve lived with them for 10 years, but I don’t want to spend money on the kitchen, and then be disappointed with the result.
So it is all coming out. I had my first chap in to quote today, and it all went well. None of my bright ideas were shot down, and it all seems good. However, there was one question I wasn’t prepared for – how did I want the kitchen to look?
I know what I like, but I was so intent on working out the practicalities – how many units do we need, can we utilise that wasted corner, can we bung a worktop in the (little used) larder to house my kitchen gadgets – that I hadn’t actually specified things like colour and finish. Pretty important stuff.
Anyway, since that visit, 3 hours ago, I have been googling, and have come up with a style guide for the chap to quote against (and for the other companies). Then I thought I would post it here too.
With regard to colour and design of units/doors/drawers, the following two styles appeal, and I would be happy to see anything similar to this.
Vienna style (from Tesco Kitchens website)
Shaker style (from Magnet website)
Wood effect laminate, something like Axiom PP0911UN Walnut Butcher Block or Axiom PP0847UN Oriental Block:
As well as the kitchen unit, the larder area under the stairs is to be fitted with a matching worktop, full width and length. This is to be used for my electrical items, such as bread machine, slow cooker, juicer etc, with a block of 4-6 power sockets just inside the right side of the larder entrance.
Have been looking at Blanko composite sinks, which I quite like.
If available, my first choice would be this – BlancoAxia 6 S Silgranit® PuraDur® II, together with the optional safety glass cutting board, and steel colander:
If not, then something more conventional, like this – BlancoClassic 6 S Silgranit® PuraDur® II:
I haven’t yet decided on whether to go for the coffee colour, as illustrated, or champagne, but I think the coffee looks quite good against the wood top.
Something with reasonably high clearance from the sink, with a pull out spray.
The area between base and wall units to be tiled, and also around the window area, to the same line. Elsewhere, the walls will be painted.
I am thinking of something like this, a lightly patterned tile in cream, with perhaps a short splashback matching the worktop.