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7 impressive kitchen transformations you need to see, ASAP
These real homeowners reveal how they turned their kitchens from problematic to (practically) perfect
written on: 14-09-2018 10:45am
1. From chilly conservatory to beating heart of the home
The property: A listed early-Victorian rectory in Lincolnshire.
"We decided that we would rather stay put and get this house just as we wanted it," explains homeowner Jane. The conservatory 'was a beautiful room overlooking the garden, but not used enough – too cold in winter and attempting to heat it was like ripping up pound notes because the underfloor heating was so inefficient'. The kitchen - at that time a seperate space - was cramped and dominated by a chimney breast.
The fix? Replacing the glass roof and one of the conservatory's walls with solid structures; adding in efficient underfloor heating and moving the kitchen into the newly warm space were the smart finishing touches. "To be able to talk to friends and family while cooking is a joy," says Jane, "and the sense of space makes for the kind of relaxed, easy form of entertaining which we love." See the rest of this wow-worthy kitchen transformation here.
2. Incorporating a 20-year-old Aga into a modern space
The property: A mimimalist-styled abode for a busy family of five.
"When I first saw the space, it needed a complete re-doing. It’s a small kitchen and was cluttered and dated," says designer Daniele Brutto, co-founder of Hub Kitchens. "The owners had fallen in love with their Aga and wanted it as the centre of their new kitchen design. As the nature of cooking with this appliance means that it’s switched off in the summer, a separate hob and oven was required, but the flip side of that meant that for eight months of the year, the extra oven and hob were going to be a waste of space."
Using the Aga as the centre piece for the space, Daniele began to work in the secondary cook-zones. Concealed storage areas were key to maxing the room available; "creating an unobtrusive island in a small space that did not detract from the key feature in the room was a challenge," explains Daniele. "We overcame this with a simple design for the island, ensuring it became an interesting focal point but didn’t overwhelm the space." See the rest of this kitchen transformation here.
3. A contemporary touch for a kitchen that combines the old with the new
The property: An 18th century apartment in Gothenburg.
"We love to mix stuff," explains homeowner Martin, speaking about his family's eclectic interiors style. "The exclusive black marble, which we bought for nearly nothing in a quarry outside Valencia, with worn-down furniture, and a 200-year-old tiled stove paired with a super-slick Vipp kitchen.
The reason for that noir colour scheme? "An apartment like this also needs to be dressed down a bit, otherwise it quickly gets tacky," says Martin. "So, we went for quite monochrome colour scheme to keep it feeling calm." See the rest of this kitchen transformation here.
4. Adding fun to a kitchen that's designed to be social
The property: A three-bedroom flat in East London.
Adding fun to their kitchen was essential for home owners Brona and Tom, who enlisted the services of Roisin Lafferty, MD at Kingston Lafferty Design to transform their space. "My brief was to create a cooking-dining area that felt like a buzzing restaurant," explains Roisin, "with colour and energy to reflect their personalities, lifestyle and some of the vibrant style of Hackney".
"I wanted to provide as much storage, with hidden appliances, as possible to create a clean, sleek feel," says Roisin. "At the same time, we needed to add warmth and texture, which is why we designed the copper pipe feature over the island. We chose a playful colour which works well with the copper elements in the room."
Spot the neon-framed mirror - included to make the dimensions of the space really pop. See the rest of this kitchen transformation here.
5. Bringing a back-in-time space up-to-date
The property: An Edwardian terrace that hadn't been touched in six decades.
This period property hadn't been updated in over 60 years by the time Heni and Matt moved into it. Originally home to a dinky kitchen and a small scullery, the moderate space was 'like going back in time, with bakelite switches and no central heating', explains Heni. So how to transform it...?
"The driving concept was that this would be a living room in which we cooked, not a kitchen in which we lived," reveals Heni. That idea influenced all the main decisions including the location of surfaces and appliances, fridge and pantry, the lack of high level cupboards and the moveable island." See the rest of this kitchen transformation here.
6. Creating a stylish-yet-practical kitchen for a busy family
The property: An Edwardian home in North London.
"The client wanted to create a really big open-plan family kitchen-diner to cover the whole of the back of the house," explains Hayley Robson of Day True Interiors. "The rest of the house is quite industrial and contemporary in style, although it’s a period building, so we needed to reflect this in the kitchen too. The client isn’t afraid of using dark colours and wanted a bold design that played with various materials."
"We wanted to zone the area and define each separate space in it somehow, without building walls," says Hayley. "So, we needed to use texture and lighting to create a different feel to each section." One simple way to add a splash of personality to each of those distinct zones? "Keeping the splashback, extractor hood and shelves clear means there’s an opportunity to display a bit of personality with art and accessories," explains Hayley. See the rest of this kitchen transformation here.
7. Creating a rustic feel in a new-build home
The property: A Hampshire abode for a family of four.
The residents of this space wanted to leave the timber frames exposed. "The owners did not want to cover them with units so this had to be carefully incorporated in the plan," explains Darren Taylor, MD of Searle & Taylor. "They also wanted an island that needed to accommodate seating for at least three people. Their list also included a walk-in larder, a unit that concealed a television when not in use, a large dresser, low level bench seating, glass wall units, an excellent extraction system as they cook a lot on the hob, a wine fridge and tea trays."
"The position of the island needed careful work to ensure there was enough working space around as we needed to accommodate the necessary seating," Darren continues. "The central kitchen island is the focal point, but also has a fully functional unit with a walnut breakfast bar at one end and a circular walnut drum with an end-grain chopping board at the other." Aesthetically pleasing and practical to boot? We're sold. See the rest of this kitchen transformation here.
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Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (Instagram, not coffee), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.