Unique design, expert knowledge and a complete dedication to customer satisfaction; just three of the reasons why so many of Regal Kitchens’ customers return to them for their next kitchen projects. And that’s exactly what happened with Mr & Mrs Emerson, proud owners of the beautiful living space featured in this latest case study.
After working with Regal Kitchens in their previous two homes, it was no surprise that Mr & Mrs Emerson contacted the Essex-based Studio Partner again. The couple wanted to redesign the property to allow for a more sociable and open plan living space, so work commenced on knocking down the existing kitchen and extending it to become a generous sized living space.
‘Hidden’ utility area
With an area over 40sqm to play with, it was down to Regal Kitchens’ designer, John Martin, to work alongside Mr & Mrs Emerson to plan their new kitchen. Like many modern living spaces, this area of the home needed to be more than just a kitchen. The couple also wanted a ‘hidden’ utility space; a functional area when in use, but with hidden appliances so as to not disrupt the overall aesthetic. Mr & Mrs Emerson also wanted to focus on the social aspect of their living space, with a separate area for hosting drinks with family and friends, and a comfortable dining area with a television and soft furnishings.
The results speak for themselves. John took on board all of the requests of the couple, to design them a living space which looks simply stunning and works effortlessly around their lifestyle.
‘Unfussy’ handle-less design
John tells us how Regal Kitchens were able to create a modern, ‘unfussy’ look by integrating the extractor above the hob yet keeping the bottom of the cabinets on the wall in a straight line. This linear look was complemented by the handle-less trims in brushed metal, enhanced effortlessly by the seamless strips which joined the oven and the combi.
With the working triangle in mind, John designed the main kitchen sink to sit in the island, meaning that the living space maintained its spacious, airy feel whist minimising the journey that the couple would make between sink and other kitchen zones, such as the oven or fridge. For ease of use, Regal also added an additional sink in the utility area.
The natural light provided by the sky-pod and bi-fold doors in this beautiful living space would be a source of envy for many homeowners, but John wanted to ensure that no opportunity for washes of natural light were missed. The ‘hidden’ utility area, which was home to the kitchen window before the transformation, now housed wall cabinets, a sink, and a deep and wide larder unit. John managed to design in a narrow window, rather than covering the wall entirely with a solution such as a splashback, enhancing the overall airy feel of the minimalistic living space.
For most entertainers, a drinks area with a free-standing wine cooler, twenty-four-bottle wine rack, and worktop ice maker, is the making of dreams. These elements, combined with the lighting in the bar area have created a zone for entertaining that merges seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen, but with its own identity as an area for socialising.
Like cheese and wine, there are some duos which create something fantastic when paired together, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to the contrasting finishes that Mr & Mrs Emerson chose for their worktops. The statement piece is without question the beautiful quartz worksurface that defines the island. The thickness, colour, material and finish create a beautiful contrast against the worksurfaces chosen for the rest of the kitchen, creating a beautiful overall aesthetic, enhanced further by the sophisticated dark bases of the cabinets. Visitors would never know that beneath the statement kitchen island worksurface was the integrated dishwasher, bins, sink and additional storage.
In fact, the only disruptions to this clean finish are the pop up electrics, key for any on-the-go homeowner, and the hot tap, an essential when it comes to food and drink prep, as well as cleaning.
The high-gloss finish surrounding the kitchen walls is unmistakably AluSplash, in the beautiful Warm Grey finish. This unique aluminium-based splashback is a unique alternative to glass, acrylic and tiles. Quick and easy to clean, as well as super-durable, it’s no wonder Mr & Mrs Emerson on this option for their splashbacks – an option that will keep their kitchen feeling fresh and new throughout for years to come.