Case Study: Modern Shaker Kitchen

Door Style: Milbourne Partridge Grey

Why Exeter Kitchen Store?

Claire and Andy were in the market for a new kitchen as they were having their home extended, which resulted with a redesign of the kitchen space. The Exeter Kitchen Store (EKS) was recommended by a colleague of Claire’s, and, when she mentioned this to Andy, he recognised the name as he regularly drives through Marsh Barton for work.

Before going to the Exeter Kitchen Store, Claire and Andy had visited other kitchen showrooms and were disappointed each time. They felt the service they were being offered was poor and they didn’t receive any designs they liked. Each time they went to a showroom they were told they’d be emailed through a design, and when they did receive them, they felt that the designer hadn’t listened to what they’d said. Whereas, when Claire and Andy visited the Exeter Kitchen Store, they were provided with a plan which they could take away with them. They felt their designer, Louis, really understood their vision and the lifestyle they wanted to create.

With each of the door styles, worktop samples and handles that the Exeter Kitchen Store offer on display, this provided a complete view of all of Claire and Andy’s options. In the end, Claire and Andy chose the Exeter Kitchen Store because of this simplicity the range offered, the ease of the process and the immediate plans and quotes they were provided with. Because they’d received a plan early in the process, their interest didn’t wane.

The fact that Exeter Kitchen Store was good value for money and the quality high was another point that led Claire and Andy to use EKS.

Another reason Claire and Andy chose the Exeter Kitchen Store to supply their kitchen, was because they liked how it arrived pre-built. They were further assured of the quality when their builder expressed how impressed he was with the cabinetry.

The Design

When Claire and Andy were in the initial stages of planning their kitchen, they couldn’t agree on a design. They were at odds with what they wanted, Andy was drawn to something ultra-modern, whilst Claire wanted a more current design.

Both Claire and Andy didn’t like the traditional section of the showroom. However, they did like the style of the Milbourne door on its own. Without the cornice as a part of the design (which was displayed in showroom), this resulted in a more contemporary silhouette. As their house was around 11 years old, Claire and Andy were after a design that was suitable for its style and age. Therefore, they opted for a shaker door that was versatile enough to take on a contemporary design.

There were certain elements Claire and Andy knew they wanted in their design, such as a breakfast bar and for the kitchen to be social and inclusive. With Andy’s wish of having an open style kitchen and Claire’s desire to maintain a slight divide, the inclusion of a breakfast bar within a peninsular was the perfect solution. The placement of the breakfast bar was ideal for creating a sociable space. Other prerequisites were an eye level oven and an extractor hood that wouldn’t spoil the view. They were able to achieve this by including a single oven, paired with a compact oven which was installed in a medium height appliance unit, and by opting for a down-draft extractor.

Claire and Andy additionally chose a wooden worktop to separate the breakfast bar from the worktop and were pleasantly surprised that this was the cheapest part of the kitchen.

The Process

Claire and Andy had visited a few high street brands and were so disappointed. They found other showrooms had too much choice which was overwhelming. The kitchen styles they did have were either too modern or too traditional. Therefore, they appreciated the stark contrast offered by the Exeter Kitchen Store.

The service from Exeter Kitchen Store was high. Claire and Andy were impressed that their daughter, Chloe, was made to feel welcome and part of the process. Their designer, Louis, was very patient throughout the kitchen design process and when they made their amends on the plan. Claire and Andy were additionally impressed when they walked out of the Exeter Kitchen Store door with an A3 plan and design after only bringing in rough estimates.

By taking the plans home they were then able to look at the space and see how it would work, as they hadn’t completed their extension and were still working off architects plans.

Claire and Andy found EKS very accommodating when it came to pushing back the delivery of their kitchen. They needed to move the delivery a couple of times as some aspects of their extension took longer to complete than anticipated. Additionally, Claire and Andy’s builder found it easy to get hold of Louis and talk with him when he had fitting queries.

Claire and Andy thought the delivery of the kitchen was great. The EKS Transport Team put all the units in the garage for them, as they weren’t quite ready to move the cabinets into their home’s extension.

The fact that the kitchen was pre-assembled aided in speeding up the fitting process. Claire and Andy’s carpenter said the kitchen was really good quality, which was a big compliment as he’s fitted lots of kitchens in the past. He found EKS kitchens were better and easier to fit.

Favourite Part of Kitchen

One of Claire’s favourite parts of the kitchen is the bi-fold doors used on the wall units, as they lift-up out of the way, removing the risk of someone bumping their head. Claire additionally appreciates the fly-moon as it was convenient for corner storage, and her dishwasher as she’s never had one before. Another of the features Claire really likes about her kitchen is the worktop she chose, as it has a glitter effect throughout. She chose this laminate worktop as it offered a uniform design.

As Claire and Andy never had soft close doors before, this made a significant impact on their mornings, as it makes early starts quieter.

Claire and Andy were proud of the design and what they’ve achieved with the finished extension. They went in with ideas of what they wanted and EKS helped them to achieve it. They were thinking long term regarding what they wanted in their kitchen, and Louis helped them to create a design that reflected this.

The new kitchen introduced a different atmosphere into the kitchen. Exeter Kitchen Store enabled them to come together as a family. There used to be nowhere for Chloe to sit when Claire or Andy were in the kitchen, however, with the island she can come in and sit at the breakfast bar and be with the rest of the family.

Reactions from Family and Friends

All the reactions Claire and Andy had from friends and family have been very positive.

The main comments they’ve been receiving are, ‘You won’t know yourself… we can’t imagine how it was before.’

Claire and Andy recently hosted a party at their home and had plenty of positive reactions from family and friends. The new kitchen enabled their home to become a lot more sociable and inclusive when they were hosting larger numbers of people.

Claire summed up her experience with EKS by saying, ‘Exeter Kitchen Store made it easy for us to do what we wanted, … (they) create(d) the lifestyle that we dreamed of and it’s really happened.’

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