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Sometimes less really is more
This kitchen effortlessly blends into the home. It is clean, simple and well organised, offering plenty of space for utensils, pots and pans, herbs, spices and food. Ease of access is a priority meaning this kitchen is as practical as it is attractive.
Our "pudge" door uses a ledge and brace door with traditional butt hinges fitted with a cushion-close mechanism. This combination of traditional looks and the modern cushion-close feel offers a traditional look with the practicality of modern features. The Chiltley Pudge kitchen would work well in any aged, period or traditionally styled home.
As with all our kitchens, the units are designed and built like a piece of high quality furniture; for example, the entire six-unit section on the window wall is one single piece, including the dishwasher (to left of the sink) and two "magic" corners. You will not see any unsightly joints between individual units here.
"Everything has a home in this kitchen. A variety of storage solutions offer easy access to everything you need in your kitchen"
Features of this kitchen
The peninsular is ideal for this room layout as it gives a place to relax or eat whilst keeping out of the working area of the kitchen. We made use of the space underneath by building a bookcase, wine rack and on the back a tray space and a stack of four drawers. It's finished with a thick wooden top to really make a statement.
Tying everything together
The top on the peninsular, the edging for the laminate worktop and the handles are all crafted from oak, tying the whole kitchen together.
The wall units on the window wall are replicated on each side giving a balanced feel. The base units on this wall are all a similar size which gives the look and feel of a dresser base.
The double doors under the oven are in fact a pan tray which gives quick and easy access to the most useful items. The unit at the end (on the right) is the larder, well placed for quickly grabbing ingredients.
The delights of a larder
The larder opens up to give plenty of good storage in the drawer below with shallower shelves above giving flexible storage for glasses or tableware. On the doors the shallow spice racks offer space for many smaller items. This space is extremely versatile.
The extractor housing is very simple and is designed to be disguised rather than form a feature. We designed it to slope backwards and made it out of tongue and groove to match the doors so it visually blends into the space. The ducting is hidden in a boxing in the very top of the glass wall unit. Out of sight and out of mind.
Making the best use of the space
The base units are as deep as will fit behind the door architrave and the wall cupboard is just a bit shallower exposing a bit of wall, making it aesthetically more interesting. The shallow shelf below helps to complete the picture.
What’s hidden here
This door and drawer is not what it appears to be as behind it is a magic corner. This offers good storage and easy access to what would normally be a difficult corner.
Improving the cupboard design
This door in the base unit is not what it appears – it hides two pan trays. These trays are on full-depth extension cushion-close runners, giving fantastic storage. Its easy to see what’s inside the unit, easy to reach items stored inside and easy to stack items. No more lying on the floor to empty a cupboard, only to pull everything out just to find that jug at the back!
Softening an end panel for varied storage
This photo shows the larder. Notice at the end we created some open shelves which help soften the end of the tall units.
A utility room can also be welcoming
The utility area is functional but also a pleasant space in the home. The design and materials compliment those found in the kitchen area.
Function as well as aesthetically pleasing
On this side we have the appliances under a quality wooden worktop, with extra storage space available above the sink via the shelf. The wall units hide the boiler housing out of sight.
Storage, storage and more storage
On the opposite side of the sink we have three pairs of double doors finished with a thick wooden top. These units, along with the double door full-height unit, offer a huge amount of easily accessible storage. Using double doors means that when they are open they do not take up too much space or block access from the door. We also built a clothes airer to make use of the space above the units.