Let the light shine – that was the priority for Mr and Mrs C. when they decided to replace the 20-year old dark oak kitchen in their South Wonston home near Winchester.
After a lengthy search, they decided on glass fronted furniture, designed by Jerry Craven of Hampshire Kitchens Limited.
To achieve the maximum light, they removed a ¾ height wall between the kitchen and utility area. This enabled Jerry to design the room as one continual space, making use of the skylight in the utility room to allow the sun to flow onto the breakfast bar.
Glass is the main material – the Kashmir coloured units are complemented by a dramatic paprika glass splashback from Decoglaze and a highly reflective floor. In contrast to the former dark oak finish, Jerry designed the end panels in a light wild maple. The overall effect is bright and natural, while the Mont Blanc Silestone work surface is the perfect backdrop to the couple’s plants.
Mr C. designed the computerised lighting system, which allows the room to be zoned for different moods. He also had the LED tracking under the cupboard fronts custom-made to his own specification while Hampshire Kitchens supplied the 13m of LED strip lighting, underbench lights and down lighters.
The tall wall of units hides an integrated full height larder fridge and freezer from Neff, while the utility area has a second sink and space for separate Miele washer and dryer. Every inch of space is carefully used. The waste bin is hidden in the end of the breakfast bar and a spice cupboard has been created in the shallow space where the back wall of the house used to be.