Case Study: Modern Kitchen Design

Door Style: Porter Gloss Porcelain

Steve's Modern Porter Kitchen - Exeter

Why Exeter Kitchen Store?


Steve initially heard about the Exeter Kitchen Store by driving past the EKS showroom in Marsh Barton while he was on the hunt to find the best value kitchens Exeter has to offer. Steve had looked at kitchens on and off over a few years as the kitchen he was replacing was over 20 years old. He decided the time had finally come to refurbish his kitchen when Steve’s cooker reached its expiration. One of the factors that prompted Steve to choose EKS was that the Exeter Kitchen Store offers locally manufactured kitchens – Exeter based, as it happens! It helped that our products provide great quality for both carcase’s and doors as well. The fact that the Porter doors Steve opted for in his kitchen were painted and not laminate was another big plus in the favour of the EKS kitchen quality. Another outstanding feature that impressed Steve was that soft-close hinges are included as standard on all Exeter Kitchen Store cabinets! The displays within the EKS showroom additionally influenced Steve to opt for an EKS kitchen out of all the other kitchens Exeter had to offer. When Steve saw the kitchen displays, samples and cabinets, this helped him to finalise his decision by personally establishing the quality of EKS kitchens.


Aside from the great quality the Exeter Kitchen Store offers, Steve decided to buy his Exeter made kitchen from EKS because of the professional service he received. When discussing his kitchen with his designer, Louis, Steve found it very reassuring to hear his own ideas validated while at the same time offered alternative suggestions. Steve valued Louis’ professional opinion and experience, as it was evident Louis was a very capable designer.


Another factor that encouraged Steve to choose an EKS kitchen was knowing he was going to receive pre-assembled kitchen units, which results in reduced fitting costs, making a further saving on his kitchen.


Steve's Modern Porter Kitchen - Exeter

The Design


Steve had come into the Exeter Kitchen Store showroom with a design already in mind after visiting various kitchen showrooms in Exeter. He wanted a very contemporary and clean look to work in with his recent home extensions. While Steve initially wanted a cream colour, he decided to opt for Gloss Porcelain which ensured the entire look was kept modern.


A neutral design was chosen as Steve wanted a kitchen that could be updated with ease through his choice of accessories, which is why he chose Porcelain for the kitchen and Light Grey as an accompaniment for the walls.


As Steve already knew what he wanted for his kitchen design, the final decision was easy to make. The layout of the kitchen was very similar to the original design due to the positions of the electrical wiring and plumbing.


The only concession Steve made regarding modern mechanisms was including the Premium Larder Unit. Steve chose this larder after he saw the quality of the display and the convenience of the pull-out shelves.


While the design was straight forward, when thinking about the kitchen Steve decided he wanted to carry through the tiles from the kitchen into the utility room. When he made this decision, Steve chose to proceed with updating his utility at the same time as ordering a new kitchen. He continued the theme of the new kitchen design in the utility room by choosing Gloss Porcelain doors for his units.



The Process


The process of obtaining a new kitchen from the Exeter Kitchen Store was a straightforward course for Steve. He had an initial conversation which outlined the EKS products and prices, whilst discussing the design. Following this, there were only around 4 or 5 additional follow-up appointments.


Steve investigated all his options when it came to the refurbishment of his kitchen. This included researching kitchen showrooms in Exeter and services that offered cosmetic updates. The type of kitchen amends Steve was looking into consisted of replacing doors/worktops and adding a few additional cabinets onto his existing kitchen. After investigating this idea, Steve determined it would be more economical to purchase a completely new kitchen from the Exeter Kitchen Store rather than replacing individual items within his existing kitchen.


Steve found the hardest part of the EKS process was removing his old kitchen as he opted to do this himself. Steve found his fitters offered him the flexibility to do as much or as little as he wanted. While having the kitchen removed was something that his fitter could’ve organised, Steve chose to do this himself. This helped him make a saving and allowed him to become more involved in the fitting of his kitchen. Another aspect that Steve appreciated about his Exeter based kitchen fitters, were that they came recommended by the Exeter Kitchen Store, so he felt he could rely on them and they were vouched for.



Favourite Part of the Kitchen

Steve’s favourite part of his new kitchen was the splashback. He chose a painted splashback but wanted to ensure continuity in his design, so opted to get a splashback that was the same colour as his grey walls. The splashback was screwed in rather than glued, so it can be easily replaced, which leaves room for an affordable update in the kitchen down the track.


Steve was also impressed with the quality of his worktop and how there were no significant corner joins visible.


Steve’s family and friends love his new kitchen, and all want to come around and see the completed project.



Overall, Steve found the Exeter Kitchen Store, ‘Friendly, helpful and efficient.’

If you’d like to get great value on your kitchen – Exeter Kitchen Store is the way to go!


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