Posted by Luke Cherry, on December 13, 2019.
Ian and Annika got in touch to discuss their plans for a new bespoke kitchen for their London home. Having purchased an Edwardian property where they’d recently finished converting the attic, they decided that now was the time to look at an updated kitchen design that would better suit their growing family and modern London surroundings.
Having already extended outwards from the rear of their London property with a sympathetic single storey extension, they now had the space they so desperately wanted to create a spacious and bespoke kitchen interior. By incorporating large Velux sky light windows into the ceiling, plus a set of glazed bifold doors, the scene was already set for an extended social space that would effortlessly spill out into the garden on those warm summer nights.
When discussing plans with the cherrywood Bespoke team, Annika and Ian told us their vision for a light and airy kitchen design that would give them the space they needed for a number of different family and social activities across one room. The couple were also keen for a timeless look that blended effortlessly with the older, traditional parts of the house as well as the contemporary features.
To achieve the style and features that Annika and Ian wanted, we opted for a classic Shaker kitchen design. As this popular design style adapts beautifully to its surroundings, it seemed like the perfect fit when blending old with new, just like Annika and Ian wanted.
We knew that a kitchen island, plus a central focal point for their Everhot electric range oven was a must for the couple, as was their request to include a Belfast sink. Luckily, we managed to incorporate all of these elements into an entirely bespoke kitchen design that was custom made to fit perfectly into their new surroundings and cater for their busy family life.
In addition, we were also set the task of adding a made-to-measure utility room. This unique space required a lot of design ingenuity and it was imperative we got right in order to free up much-needed space in the main kitchen area. Coupled with the expert capabilities of our skilled cabinet makers and kitchen installers, the finished space looked fantastic and work effortlessly. We were then able to add in a small island with seating on one side to compliment the over-all feel of the kitchen and it sure it was a versatile, social environment. We used a light and natural two-tone colour scheme using The Little Greene Paint Company colours, letting Annika and Ian choose their final choice from a pre-selection of our choosing.
Materials used – Maple veneered cabinets, Tulip cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts and solid Maple drawers with dovetails.
Colours used – The main kitchen cabinets are hand painted using ‘Fescue 231’ by Little Greene and the island is in ‘Spruce 690 by Paint and Paper Library
Cabinets used – The ‘Ellen’ range
Worktops used – Caesarstone – 30mm ‘Pure White 1141’ with a pencil round edge detail
Appliances used – Everhot 90i electric range oven in Dove Grey, Liebherr integrated fridge/freezer, Neff dishwasher and a Siemens canopy extractor. A Miele washing machine and tumble dryer were used in the utility.
Sink and Tap used – Shaws ‘Pendle’ Belfast sink with a Perrin and Rowe ‘Ionian’ bridging tap with lever handles in chrome. An 18” ‘Professional’ Baby Belfast sink and a Shaws bridging tap were used in the utility.
“We had various experiences with other bespoke kitchen companies that seemed sufficient, and organised, but did not have the imagination or empathy that we found with Cherrywood. Cherrywood showed clear understanding of what we were trying to achieve and added value throughout the entire process from design to implementation. Also, we felt in very safe hands with Luke as a trustworthy person who really cares about every detail. They were the stand out company for our bespoke kitchen. Their attention to detail and understanding of what we were trying to achieve with our kitchen really stood out. Nothing was too much trouble for Cherrywood along the entire process. Cherrywood used their extensive know how to get the most out of our room and made it a functional and very enjoyable space, as well as creating a relaxing environment to entertain – Luke understands all of that and his knowledge and attention to detail is clear with the client needs at the forefront of his every thought. Cherrywood were certainly a very professional and friendly team with the outcome for their clients being at the top of their priority list. Cherrywood take clear pride in their kitchens and this shows with the quality of product and service you get. There was transparency along the entire process from design, making and fitting through to the client service. A genuinely pleasant experience in what can often be a stressful time. We would not hesitate to recommend, and we say this with 100% confidence. Numerous friends of ours have asked who was behind the design and making of our kitchen”