The clients reorganised the layout of their ground floor to accommodate their new open-plan kitchen, relocating the kitchen to what was formerly a separate living and dining room. They loved the classic lines of the Shaker Mornington range but to add a contemporary edge opted for the more modern stone-painted finish. Working closely with the designer resulted in a multi-functional feature island, incorporating the sink, tap, boiling tap, dishwasher, waste storage, wine cabinet as well as bar stool seating recess. A tall appliance bank provides the ease of eye-level cooking and ample storage for consumables and cold storage. The new layout is ideal for the clients who love to entertain and they now have a highly versatile kitchen, dining room and living space.
Achieving a space that delivers both aesthetic appeal and a practical layout in an open-plan scheme requires careful designing and consideration. The symmetry along the main hob wall with the stepped forward (break front) detail around the hob, along with the two new windows at either end of the hob run, helps to frame and balance the whole design. The question of having either the sink or hob in the island is regularly raised and either can work well, but as the sink is the most-used ‘appliance’ in the kitchen it made sense for this to be in a central location.