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What’s the difference between good and great kitchen design?

Chris Turnbull

What’s the difference between good and great kitchen design?

At Nicholas Hythe we believe great design marries the beautiful and the practical to create the perfect dream kitchen for a client.  It’s not all about the look (important as that is) but it’s about individual requirements, practicality and ergonomics.   On top of that, and perhaps most importantly, we listen intently to a potential client’s wishes about what they want and how they use their kitchen.

For me, one of the installs we’ve just completed really seemed to embody this belief.  Working with a blank canvas we were asked to design a kitchen for a client who, because she was ‘vertically challenged’, needed a kitchen that worked for her.  It had to be a kitchen that she could work in, socialise in, be easy to use and look great.

The pictures above will give you some idea of how we brought these requirements to life.  Apart from the visual effect of the dual surface, combining a stunning double thickness solid wood and granite centre island, we built in a drop-down area to allow seating at chair level (not stool height) and a lower top for the client to prepare food.  We also built in deep pan drawers for pan and crockery storage and pull-outs in many of the base units (corners, bin, and shelving) so she never needs to bend down too far to access food or other items.  Other features included 900mm high tall wall units to maximise storage space; a glazed unit to add feature and light to the kitchen; a specifically chosen coloured splashback to match carpets and colour schemes within the rest of the home whilst curved drawer fronts and curved doors (to take away the squareness of the room) completed the install.

Not all the new kitchens we design allow us such free rein but every potential client we meet can be assured that the same level of detail and expertise will go into their design to ensure their perfect kitchen is just as they imagined it would be.

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