Case Study: Small Kitchen Design

Door Style: Mornington Dove Grey

Why Exeter Kitchen Store?

Ian was in the market for a new kitchen, and at the time of visiting the Exeter Kitchen Store (EKS) was on the way to another showroom. As he was on route to another kitchen company he the saw the Exeter Kitchen Store (EKS) showroom and went in. Exeter Kitchen Store was the first and last company he went to for a kitchen design and quote. As Ian was out to get a kitchen, he had a floor plan with him and measurements, so he was able to attain a quote and design from the initial visit. Upon entering the showroom Ian received a warm welcome by the team, and Louis, the designer who took on his project, talked through the EKS range and brand. After this positive reception Ian didn’t feel there was a need to go to any competitors as he was so impressed with what EKS had to offer.

The Design

To stay in keeping with his 1920’s home, Ian was looking for a door style that offered a traditional approach. With the concise range, Ian was able to easily select a door style he liked and that would fit in with the era of his house. While the Mornington door wasn’t ultra-modern, it was contemporary enough to look current and to allow modern appliances to be incorporated without appearing out of place.

Due to the small kitchen space, Ian appreciated how Louis had made effective use of the room available. He found that through the inclusion of taller wall units on back walls, this added increased storage space. A Wari Corner (pull-out corner storage unit) was included in a bottom corner unit, to make full use of the awkward space and ensure the entire unit was accessible. Because of the design and planning, there was enough space to fit a washing machine, dishwasher, full fridge freezer and a 450mm undermount sink.

To maximise the available space, a 300mm unit was placed against the wall next to the curved corner base unit, so the small area that was left, could be fully used, rather than being a void space. The curved corner unit also aided in maintaining a gentle line throughout the kitchen, as well as adding extra cabinet space and working to match the above open corner wall unit.

LED lights were used to illuminate the space, making each recess appear lighter and the room seem larger. These lights were placed beneath the wall units and on the wooden ceiling joists. The skylight installed a few years previously was kept and helps let in natural light.

The Process

Ian was in the market for a new kitchen as the original units were out of date and run down. The existing kitchen was rotten, the doors were outdated, and the appliances needed modernising.

In his first visit to the Exeter Kitchen Store Louis spoke through Ian’s options regarding appliances, accessories and worktops. After that Louis was able to finalise a design, then email through a few variations and corresponding quotes reflecting all Ian’s options.

Ian was pleased with the service he received from Louis, and Geoff, the Exeter Kitchen Store manager. If there was any issue, Gary, his fitter who was recommended by EKS, could talk to Geoff and the problem would be sorted promptly.

Several tradespeople such as Tim Graham, who worked on the plumbing, and Lewis Hunt, who installed the electricals, were recommended through the Exeter Kitchen Store and via the network of tradespeople who took on the job.

The kitchen design could’ve been finalised quite quickly and placed on order, however Ian wanted a little more time to determine the colours for his kitchen doors. To come to a decision Ian took home samples of the doors to see how they looked in the space and whether they worked with his flooring options. In the end he opted for Dove Grey.

Ian appreciated he wasn’t pressured to order his kitchen quickly and had enough time to do more research on other kitchens, appliances and companies within the market if he chose.

Favourite Part of the Kitchen

Ian loves how each element of the kitchen works together effortlessly. Ian additionally found the appliances and their functions made everything so convenient, this was particularly noticeable after having such an out of date previous kitchen.

The kitchen itself surpassed Ian’s expectations. As well as friends and family saying it looks amazing, Ian’s opinion of his kitchen is,

‘Having a new kitchen in the house has completely transformed the atmosphere of the house. It’s made it feel warmer, it’s refreshed, it makes it feel so much more homely… I’m absolutely delighted with it.’

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