To keep up with the demands of a growing family, the owners knew the time had come to make their kitchen bigger, brighter and more welcoming. When they bought the house in 2001, the room was originally a large formal reception area at the back of the house with French windows leading onto the garden. ‘As well as opting for a warm, comfortable and bright kitchen, we also decided to create more space,’ says the owner. So a side extension was added and large sliding doors fitted, along with underfloor heating and stylish, timeless, new cabinetry.
The bank of integrated cooling appliances makes a bold feature in the kitchen. Other stainless steel touches, including a tambour-fronted cupboard and bar stools, create a cohesive feel. Quality limestone is a worthwhile investment; the tiles are hard-wearing and, if sealed properly, will need only vacuuming and mopping. Continue your flooring from the kitchen to the garden, making the space feel larger than it is.
Fridge, freezer and wine storage
The larder is extremely large, with three deep drawers and shelves set into the doors for easy access. It's lit by two LEDs activated by opening the doors. There are cavernous drawers all around the kitchen and large wall cupboards set at eye level.
White matt-lacquered units keep the formerly dark room light and modern. A run of horizontal grain oak-veneer wall cupboards breaks up the look, while adding warmth, texture and interest to this predominantly white space. The splashback is an integral part of this kitchen extension. Here, a glass model makes a stylish statement that sings out against a white backdrop. Smooth, glassy splashbacks always work well in a modern kitchen.
Splashback and cabinetry
Plenty of practical storage has been included in the new scheme, such as an extra-wide utensils drawer beneath the induction hob. Safe, energy-efficient and easy to keep clean, induction hobs are a good choice for a functional, family kitchen.
Ideal for a designer family kitchen, an iPad has been set into a dock in the wall. It's removable and plays all the music they could want wirelessly. There's also a sound system with ceiling speakers and a hidden subwoofer.
iDock and iPad
An open-plan kitchen-diner makes a sociable space that all the family can enjoy. The dedicated island breakfast bar can seat lots of people and the simple white scheme gives this spacious area a crisp, clean look. The large patio doors provide an ideal backdrop to the dining table. They also maximise light, while offering great views and direct access to the garden.
Table and chairs
A kitchen needs to be functional, especially when you have a family. An open-plan kitchen design is the perfect spot for families to gather, whether it's to prepare meals, watch TV or use the kitchen table to do homework. These owners have successfully created a multifunctional scheme for working, dining and unwinding. When devising an open-plan scheme, choose a colour palette that can extend across all zones. Here, an all-white finish is lifted by variations in shape and texture.