“Kitchen design isn’t just about cupboards and cooking,” says John Kirby of Discount Cabinets online Dovetail Workers in Wood, who designed this room. “It’s about creating a living space.” Which is why Kirby was delighted that the owners of this English farmhouse involved him and his team from the very beginning. “Often we have to work with rooms that are a fait accompli, and you know that if you could have moved the door 6 inches to the right, it would have worked better,” he says. “But not here.” "Kitchen at a Glance
“An enormous number” of steel supports went into creating the single Discount Cabinets online open space, says Kirby, who relished the opportunity to create such a big kitchen. “As much work goes into designing a tiny kitchen as a big one,” he says. “With a large space, though, you have the chance to incorporate everything you want. Here, the idea is that everything is one step away: The pantry is a step from the island and the ovens are just behind. It’s all close by, so you’re not running around the space.”
The rich woods used to make the table are complemented by the rich blue cabinets behind. These are fitted right up to the ceiling to make maximum use of the space, and feature elegant curved corner posts, with the cornices flowing around them.
The kitchen has lots of drawers. “More and more people are Discount Cabinets online requesting drawers for their kitchens,” Kirby says. “They make accessing everything so easy. The runner technology is so good now and they are really strong.”
The cabinet doors are painted MDF, which is moisture-resistant and very stable. “Some people have seen MDF used badly and are allergic to the idea of it,” Kirby says, “but if Chippendale were alive today, I think he’d use MDF. It’s an excellent Discount Cabinets online material.”Dovetail Workers in Wood ltdThe end wall of cabinets is painted a soft gray. “All one color on the units would have been too much,” Kirby says. Two different granites were used for the countertops. “The perimeter units are pale with a dark granite worktop, while the island units are dark with a pale granite worktop,” he says.
The height of the windows was adjusted so the counters could run Discount Cabinets online smoothly all the way around the bay. “There was quite a lot of work involved in getting that right,” Kirby says. “If we’d run the worktop straight across, that would have looked a bit boring. Instead, it steps in, creating a smooth flow.”
The generous pantry cupboard, set conveniently close to the island, has LED lighting inside, with proximity sensors so the lights come on when the doors are opened. The interiors of all the cupboards are made from oak veneer with a durable lacquered finish.Dovetail Workers in Wood ltdThe Discount Cabinets online drawers are solid ash with traditional dovetail joints.
On the food prep side of the island, drawers keep ingredients close at hand. They’re designed to perfectly fit bottles of vinegar, oil and sauces.Dovetail Workers in Wood ltd“We designed and made the handles in wenge wood,” Kirby says. “They’re unique and very individual.”
One end of the island features a curved chopping block formed from bamboo that’s been sliced and joined together, so the end grain points upward. “It grips the edge of the knife as you cut, which is useful,” Kirby says. Its dark finish goes beautifully with the wenge knobs.Dovetail Workers in Wood Discount Cabinets online ltdThe cast iron sink has a white enamel finish and sits below the granite countertop. “We chose a slightly textured granite, which has a sensual feel,” Kirby says. “It’s just more interesting than normal shiny black granite.”
An electrical outlet below the counter overhang on the island provides a spot for charging phones or laptops. Bright red Tolix stools add contrast as well as seating.
Clever pullout shelving that folds back into the Discount Cabinets online deepest recesses of this corner cabinet helps to make use of every scrap of space."