"We wanted our kitchen to be an open-plan space, as we envisaged spending most of our time there," they tell us. "That said, we also wanted clearly defined zones and a natural flow, too. Above all else, we wanted a classic, timeless design that wouldn't date, as we don't plan to move again."
As a family who love entertaining, it was also essential that the kitchen could offer suitable space for hosting guests and 'plenty of parties!'.
The project in a nutshell
The property: A four-storey Edwardian townhouse in Wandsworth, London
Who lives here? A professional couple with three young children
The family hired an interior designer - Paul Carter from Vivid - and had strong ideas of what they wanted having browsed magazines and trawled online resources for inspiration. "We really wanted it to be modern but in a classic way," they tell us. "We thought using stainless steel in the design would introduce a harder, more contemporary edge to Lewis Alderson's work."
Tom and Neil from Lewis Alderson add: "They wanted an elegant, timeless space but with a modern twist, and really relished that it would be a one-off design".
Tom and Neil continue: "We wouldn’t normally go for a design that uses a peninsular and an island together as it tends to cut the room in half (usually opting for a larger island), but it was essential creating the kitchen zone within the larger space. Within that space we added informal dining on the outside edge of the island, to give the children and visitors a place to sit and not intrude in the prep areas when in use".
(On the subject of the island, it's worth noting its bespoke hand-turned legs are unique to this kitchen.)
Clever concealing of certain elements adds a secretive edge to the space: "we designed a false cupboard to disguise a door into the exterior hallway," the Lewis Alderson team explain. "The small exterior door was put in to assist emptying the bins so they aren't brought into the formal hallway."
The U-shaped layout of the kitchen makes the most of the room's dimensions by incorporating floor-to-ceiling cupboards, including two concealed pantry-style cabinets.
The Lewis Alderson team's advice for planning your kitchen redesign? Consider how you buy food and design your storage around it.
"It's a good idea to think about how you shop, be it daily in local shops or with a weekly delivery," they tell us. "This will indicate how much food storage should be included in the design, and importantly how you cook, whether it's once a day, three times a day, batch-cooking... This will help in selecting the right appliances for you, their size and capacity. Obviously a major consideration in the design is how large your family is, how often you entertain and for how many people. If you can clarify these points before starting your project, it will help from the outset."
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