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Is my kitchen design working?

Edel
6 years ago

Hi again! Got some great advice on my other house renovation topics so thought I'd put the heart of the home up here ;)

I've been working with a kitchen company to design my kitchen and I feel like it's coming close to finalised, but since I'm going to be living with this for a long time, I'm feeling little nervous about signing off.

Functionality as ever comes first and the kitchen company are great at making sure I have enough storage etc.. so I'm happy on that front. I'd love feedback on

  • the kitchen design itself
  • given choice of colours, materials etc, is it going to come together?
  • I love the patterny hex floor tile but will it look a lil fussy and should I just go for a rectangular plain one?
  • I'm confused about the flooring - I love both the grey smoky look and the white washed oak. This will most likely span most of our downstairs so it's got to be right!

Appreciate your help. Thanks a mill

Comments (32)

  • sharhally
    6 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    The kitchen design looks good, there's no plan but from the 3d it looks like there is a decent amount of work-space between the sink and hob. (The space used most in a kitchen) And you have a nice amount of space on the island. I love the mix of colours and textures, I have put that work-surface in a lot of kitchens and it always looks great, especially contrasted with the darker colour you've chosen. The tiles for the floor are gorgeous but would you grow tired of them? Tiles are always something people are slow to change in the future because of the work and cost involved. I personally would choose something simpler as I think you have enough going on in the kitchen you don't want to detract from that. Also I would go for the Oak limed white wash timber floor as it is a warmer colour and would tie in well with the timber in the kitchen. Hope that helps

  • Ash McGregor
    6 years ago
    The kitchen layout looks good but I'd reduce the number of cupboard finishes to two maximum. Personally I find the hex tiles a bit fussy but perhaps having square plain and patterned ones might work.
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  • Jonathan
    6 years ago

    I quite like the layout. My only thought is do you need 5 stools or are you more likely to eat elsewhere? If you don't need 5 stools I would have more cabinets below and thick panels at each end of the island because at the moment it looks like the work surface is floating and since your ovens have such a chunky surround why not replicate that on your island?

  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago
    Jonathon only plan to have 3-4/stools. actually I was wondering should the surround just frame the oven like a box and not stretch up to the ceiling.
  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    Thanks Minnie101..

    Yeah I feel like there is something off with the proportions but haven't been able to pin it down. It's hard to see the finish from the mock-up.

    • The colours are not exact on the mock - my cupboards are matt painted finish
    • The countertop is granite, though I was looking at dekton (a concrete effect reconstituted workstop) - fabulous but it's very pricey.
    • And the ovens will be steel, not white!

    I think you're right on the grey floor tile... I just love that hex tile but feeling it's going to be too much and the flooring area is about 2.6m x 4.4m. I might try and use a little of it elsewhere.

    I'll look into making the island overhang smaller / or island bigger, but functionally, it's better to be able to tuck the stools in under and put your legs somewhere when you're sitting at the island so I'll have to figure out if we can increase the base just a little

    I had considered a grey island base and wooden worktop - but just feel as tho the wooden workstop is not as practical and doesnt wear as well, plus getting the reclaimed look in countertop is difficult!

  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    jonathandb1972 - do you mean make the island bigger and have the overhang only on the longer side and bring the wood panelling around the 3 sides?

  • Jonathan
    6 years ago
    No I would put a chunky panel on each of the short sides and cabinets all along the length near the sink and then bar stools on the opposite side. This way the overhang for the island wok surface will be supported.
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    Wimbledon lighting and electrical
    6 years ago

    The design looks great, I love the colours too. The grey and oak look really nice. In regards to the 3 pendants you have hanging from the ceiling, we have a concrete version on our website. Its a brand new modern design and would really compliment the colours you've opted for

    http://www.wimbledonlighting.co.uk/indoor-lighting/ceiling-lights/pendant-ceiling-lights/intalite-155710-soprana-solid-pd-1-pendant-concrete-grey-e14-max-25w.html

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  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    jonathandb1972 - had to read it a few times but YES - Brilliant.. that is exactly what it needs!!!! Love it :D

  • minnie101
    6 years ago

    Hi Edel. It sounds like the Island is sorted! Which Denton worktop were you looking at? They do look great. Perhaps a mad idea but.. What if you were to have either a strip of your tiles running behind the island or in the space in front of the breakfast bar. Pics to try and show what I mean. I would try and make the strip the width of the other tiles ( and buy extra) so if you did ever tire of them you could replace them. Just a thought anyway

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  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    minnie101 Absolutely love that idea :) I was thinking I might use that tile at the french doors opening onto the back garden - something like the second pic :) But will defo consider it as you suggest.

    I do love the use of colour in the tiles in first pic - would love to do something like that but would worry about tiring of it. I want to bring more colour into the kitchen but thinking of doing that through light fittings, kitchen chairs or stools or whatever we put on the wall as it's is less permanent :)

    I don;t know the name of the dekton workshop but it's a brightish greyish colour. I havent seen it with my kitchen cabinets yet so it's all up in the air. It's coming out more expensive that everything else in the kitchen put together <eek>

  • minnie101
    6 years ago

    Oh that's good! the colourful tiles do look very pretty, you could do that and as I say just make sure you buy extra of the other tiles. I think I would probably stick with your grey ones though personally and add colour in the accessories which you can change more cheaply when/if you tire of them! Ok, I might pass on the dekton worktop then, the granite will look great anyway!

  • sharhally
    6 years ago
    I prefer your original island to the other suggestion of filling in both gables but maybe that's just me! I love the contrast you had going. I've seen the other island done so many times, I thought yours was different especially with the reclaimed wood. It gave it a more industrial feel. And has a lightness to it that the other one doesn't. Just a thought!
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  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    Thanks sharhally.. I'm definitely keeping the reclaimed wood - love it :) I'm feeling the proportions of the island might work out better with the gables.

  • sharhally
    6 years ago

    Ask your kitchen company to draw up that island version for you and put it in your 3d visualisation, then you can put the two side by side and you'll know for certain. Go with your gut! I've designed kitchens for 20 years so seen it all and I really like your proposal. Its got a nice asymmetry to it but some people prefer symmetry so maybe thats why the other appeals better to you. One more point, well two actually, Sometimes people don't like to line all the stools on one side as its hard to sit and have a coffee and a chat when your elbow to elbow, its nicer when at least one is on the side so you can face each other. ( And lets face it thats all we do, sit around and drink coffee!! ) (Not a deal breaker I know just an observation) And if you bring the gables out the full depth and have stools under the overhang, your reclaimed timber will be hidden a bit. You can tell where my vote lies!! Seriously though, get the option drawn up and you'll know which works best for you!

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  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    sharhally - Good points. Esp on visibility of the wood. I had thought about the conversational side, which is why we had the overhang on the left in the first instance. Going back to the kitchen crowd tomorrow :)

  • bookworm987
    6 years ago

    Hey just a note - I've pointed this out on other people's designs too so don't want to sound like a broken record - but I would reconsider having the ovens in a tall unit with no workspace either side. In terms of functionality, it makes it quite awkward to take large or heavy dishes out of the oven with nowhere to set it down - think of your Christmas turkey!

    But other than that, your design is coming along nicely - and I love your island the way it is!

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    OnePlan
    6 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    That's a good point raised by bookworm - just for everyone's piece of mind - there's a recommendation for that - and in this instance I think it's ok ... Looking at the island placements... If there's not space either side of the oven - the an island opposite is ok as long as it's within approx 1200mm ... Will add screen shot from recommendation ...
    Typically Houzz app isn't allowing me to add pic !! Will see if I can do it on web ....

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    OnePlan
    6 years ago

  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago

    Thanks OnePlan and bookworm987 - It looks like the island works for this

  • phoenix64
    6 years ago

    Hi edel, good luck with your new kitchen. One observation. Is that a double oven with a microwave on top? How high is the microwave? Will you be able to stir food and remove liquids without the risk of burning yourself?

  • PRO
    OnePlan
    6 years ago
    I spotted that too - but just assumed you are both really tall - as any good professional wouldn't design a microwave above shoulder height as it's dangerous to do so ! Unless they are actually intending to put it lower but their software isn't adaptable ?!?!
  • Rachel Perkins
    6 years ago
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  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago
    Thanks for all the advice folks... my kitchen is nearly finished....just Shelves and back of my island to be completed but wanted to share as who knows when we'll get to them... just enjoying the space for now!
  • Moogles
    6 years ago

    Looks great, what exact colour are the tall units? and are they a matt finish?

  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago
    Hi Paul, thanks! they are anthracite grey painted Matt finish.
  • Moogles
    6 years ago

    thanks, and how is the matt to live with so far, ie with kids, finger-marks, water drips etc?

  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago
    it's actually good so far. there is a slight sheen. I thought the flat Matt would just stay clean but it still needs a wipe. no such thing as maintenance free kitchen
  • belsize
    6 years ago

    Lovely, much better than the 3D plan. V glad you kept your patterned floor tiles, I really like them. It's all come together very attractively. The only thing I'd change and this is just because I'm a colour freak is the pendants - I'd probably have made those red and orange or something. But congrats really, it looks great.

  • Edel
    Original Author
    6 years ago
    Thanks belsize! I contemplated a mustardy yellow but with the pattern didn't want to get too fussy!
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