Open House: A contemporary kitchen in a bungalow in Sussex

The original kitchen in this chalet bungalow in Sussex was dark and dingy with no direct access to the garden. The space has been transformed by replacing the back wall with a run of folding doors, and choosing a gleaming white kitchen with a hi-gloss finish.

The focal point is this large island that provides plenty of storage and prep space – it also houses the sink, boiling water tap, dishwasher and wine chiller. Kitchen clutter is hidden away behind flush-fronted cabinets and deep, wide drawers – nothing spoils the sleek, contemporary finish.

The glass splashback provides a bright flash of colour – the shade chosen to work beautifully with the natural colours of the garden. A flush-fitted induction hob maintains the clean lines, and the extractor fan is as much a style statement as it is a functional choice.

Internal drawers keep everything ordered and easy to reach, and it’s all neatly hidden from view as soon as the doors are closed.

To maintain the sense of space, the dining table is integrated into the island. The wooden table top was chosen as a contrast for the white Silestone worktops, and brings warmth and texture to the otherwise cool colour scheme.

The boiling water tap dispenses with the need for a kettle – perfect for clutter-free living. Beyond the dining area, a space-saving sliding, opaque glass door leads into the adjoining laundry room, allowing yet more light into the kitchen.

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