Kitchen Tour: An Elegant, Family-sized Design Packed With Storage
A large, practical island is the star of this beautifully pale, classic kitchen in Surrey
Who lives here? A family with three grown-up children who are currently living at home
Location Guildford, Surrey
Property A detached 1930s house with five bedrooms
Room dimensions 9m x 7m
Designer Mark Andrews of Dual Designs
Photos by Simon Murrell
At the heart of the new kitchen is this generously proportioned island. The design is deliberately practical, with cooking in mind. It also has drawers filling one entire side; some members of the family are keen cooks and bakers and a place to keep relevant equipment was a key requirement.
Cabinets painted in Strong White; walls painted in Skylight, both Farrow & Ball. Dark oak LVT flooring, Karndean.
The bank of full-height units against the wall behind contains, from left to right: a larder, a microwave and two warming drawers, plus the owners’ existing double oven, with storage cupboards above for infrequently used items.
Before the next bank of units starts, there’s a door leading to a shower and utility room and, beyond these, a back door.
The fridge-freezer looks like an American-style design; in fact, it’s two separate, full-size appliances with doors fixed to open outwards to create the same look. The owners already had the freezer, and a new fridge was sourced to match it in colour and size.
Next to this is the second larder and, beyond that, a broom cupboard.
Mark also made the chunky maple chopping board seen here.
The cupboards either side of the sink contain the two dishwashers. The corner units contain shelves, and there’s a double pull-out bin in the cupboard to the right of this, under the bread bin.
The cupboard exterior is solid wood, as are the rest of the units, with walnut veneered shelving and inners. The dovetailed drawers are solid walnut.
Also adding visual interest is the higher ceiling level at the end, which is due to the shape of the house. “If you look at it from outside, the roof goes down to an angle. The raised area is the eaves and [the owners] opted to use this space to give them extra height here.” This roof area has a window (out of shot), which also boosts light at this end of the kitchen.
Ceiling-mounted extractor, Westin.
Undaunted, Mark, a trained furniture-maker, came up with a way to make the idea work using magnets sunk into the doors and the frames, which did the “pulling”. He then added a soft-close piston to make the doors close slowly.
The bench cushions are upholstered in a very hardwearing, dark blue fabric. “It’s so robust that I had to suggest a lighter material for the buttons, because the upholsterer couldn’t get a needle through both!” Mark says.
Liaison easy-clean chenille bench fabric in Storm, Warwick Fabrics. Painting by the owners’ daughter.
The under-mounted sink is double size and the tap is a boiling-water design, so there’s no need for a kettle.
Boiling water tap, Quooker.
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