Space for this striking open plan kitchen in a four bedroom Victorian family house in Glasgow was created by opening up the old dining room, then building an extension.
The designer has taken full advantage of the high ceilings by suspending a structure to house the extractor fan and lighting above the island. It’s not just a practical solution – changes in height help break up the space and create points of interest in a large room. The island in this layout gives a clear boundary between the work zone of the kitchen and the more sociable space.
An induction hob and a teppanyaki give a choice of cooking options on the island, and there is a bank of ovens behind. Having the main appliances close together makes this an economical and practical space to cook in.
The bank of ovens includes a single oven, microwave combination and steam oven – plenty of choices for a keen cook. Arranging them in a row like this makes them all easily accessible, while open shelving above and below softens the look by creating space for display.The footprint of this kitchen is L-shaped. The old kitchen sits in the background and is a handy prep space that keeps the mess and chaos of cooking out of sight when entertaining.
The main cooking action takes place out front, on the peninsula island. The old kitchen could have been little more than a walk-through. Instead, it’s equipped with a second island, a sink and bags of storage. A hot water tap dispenses with the need for a kettle, keeping the area neat and clutter-free.Out front, French doors from the living room now lead straight into the dining space, creating the perfect flow for entertaining. A sociable circular table with dining benches in aubergine upholstery is a welcome contrast to the sharp lines of the kitchen.The original kitchen had no view, but now, large sliding glass doors, give bright outlook and the kitchen space flows out into the garden. Choosing similar flooring for indoors and out has blurred the boundaries all the more.