Designed and installed by: John Willox Kitchen Design, Ellon

Budget: £20k and over see more in this price range

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The Brief

The clients had a decent-sized space in their house for their kitchen but their existing kitchen was very dark, with black, laminate worktops and dark grey, slate flooring. The fridge/freezer was in the corner of the kitchen at an angle and took up a lot of space unneccessarily. There were two dresser units in the existing kitchen which also used up precious worktop space. One of the windows looked out onto a wall and the clients therefore felt it was pointless and wanted to block it up to create more storage space on that wall. They wanted a much bigger, brighter kitchen which we achieved by using white Silestone worktops and a light colour of door – Cashmere.

There was an existing beam which ran across the room – we had to take this into consideration when designing the tall units and the dropped ceiling. The clients liked the idea of making the room more sociable, so instead of having a separate table, we incorporated a dropped seating area attached to the island.

The fitters had to remove the existing slate floor tiles, install new floor tiles, remove and replace the skirting boards, block up the window, construct the dropped ceiling, plaster the ceiling, move the sink, replace the radiator with a new, tall radiator, fit new, LED spotlights in the ceiling and harl the exterior of the house.

Designer's Tips

  • The Cashmere colour was a good choice as it’s a light and warm colour. The white Silestone worktops and matching splashbacks reflect the light and create the illusion of a much bigger kitchen. Two sets of wide drawers mean there’s plenty of accessible storage for the client’s pots, pans etc. Blocking up the window meant the client could have a lot more wall units than before and LED lights underneath these also brighten up the kitchen.

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