Sarah’s kitchen design project began three years ago with a complete architectural restructure of their home. Modifying the floorplan, adding new doorways and altering the plumbing was a lengthy process but, with time on her hands, Sarah had the chance to imagine her perfect kitchen. While her apartment didn’t offer huge amounts of space, Sarah wanted to create a relaxed, comfortable and spacious kitchen, ideal for socialising and baking but without completely diminishing the character of the building.
After visiting several kitchen stores, Sarah came across our Henley collection at Neptune Winchester – ‘I spent ages pouring over different kitchens, opening drawers, and I just loved the solid wood inside the Henley cabinets. I knew it was what I wanted straight away.’ The kitchen cabinetry was designed with not only style in mind, but functionality and efficiency too. ‘I originally wanted blue cabinets,’ Sarah admits, ‘but we loved the look of the white units against a blue wall and they made the room feel bigger and lighter. Adding the bi-fold cabinet also helped keep our work surfaces clearer too!’
A few difficulties were encountered along the way, particularly with technical features such as the extractor fan needing to sit above the hob (Sarah wanted it to sit centrally on the island). With the ceilings too high, and a hanging fan obstructing their eye-line across the island, Annie, kitchen designer at Neptune Winchester, came up with a solution. Making use of our bespoke service, Annie incorporated an inbuilt extractor fan into the Henley cabinetry below, so Sarah’s dream to have the hob on the island was fulfilled without forfeiting the kitchen’s aesthetic and functionality.
The once traditional apartment is now a comfortable and contemporary home for Sarah, Tom and Ralph, where Sarah enjoys bread-making, eating brunch and soaking up the surroundings of her dream kitchen. ‘It’s everything I envisaged and more. I wanted it to feel timeless, light and spacious,’ Sarah tells us. ‘I can’t quite explain how wonderful it is, it’s a true pleasure to be able to live in it everyday!’