Real Rooms: The Broadhurst Kitchen

Contemporary kitchen with a touch of country!

What was the brief from the client?

A contemporary, country kitchen with clean lines and an open aspect where family and friends could congregate whilst food was prepared. A functional kitchen, which also looked good and had plenty of large drawer storage, as opposed to more traditional cupboard storage.


What is the nature of the room?

It’s the largest room in the house with dual aspect facing North West overlooking the garden so the client wanted a light and airy space to make the most of the natural lighting available. It’s also the central hub of the house so with the use of colour and texture we wanted to make sure that wherever you stood there was a focal point in view.


Why was there a need for a change?

The Broadhurst’s have lived in the house for 11 years, and wanted a complete change of style, colour and layout. They chose us because we could handle everything for them, which included stripping out the original kitchen, re-routing the services as required, plastering the walls and removing the existing floor tiles. We then installed the new painted shaker style kitchen and appliances, lighting, granite worktops, wall tiles and floor tiles.


How was lighting and colour used?

Colour was brought into the project in the form of blinds, a feature painted wall and a patterned tile splash back behind the Aga. These splashes of colour, offset against the neutral kitchen furniture, led to a contemporary yet homely room incorporating the personality of the family. Lighting was then used throughout the room with ceiling spotlights, cupboard lighting and feature LED’s around the central island.


Were there any challenges?

The main challenge in the design of the kitchen was the symmetry of the wall cupboards along with the bespoke build cooker hood. Whilst the client would have preferred to not have wall cupboards at all, their need for storage led to them being incorporated into the design. We used them to feature-frame the focal points as opposed to simply being a functional necessity.

There was also a challenge with the extractor fan canopy. The Broadhursts wanted something contemporary yet country to sit over their Aga. A magazine snippet of their ideal design was given to us and it was from this that we built the bespoke hood to incorporate the extractor fan and provide a chimney style focal point to the kitchen.


What do the Broadhursts think are the best features of the kitchen?

“My favourite feature is the canopy, it’s a fantastic focal point to compliment the Aga and tiles. I also like the large drawers which allow for easy access storage with concealed baskets.”


Why did the Broadhursts choose Court Homemakers?

“After receiving a number of quotes from other kitchen companies it was Court Homemaker’s commitment to customer satisfaction and the number of testimonials from other delighted customers that swayed us. They have a team dedicated to troubleshooting and when the kitchen installation was complete they send a representative to check over everything and if necessary amend any faults.

I also loved the fact that they handle every aspect of the installation themselves so we could just leave everything in their capable hands. Their employees have huge pride in their work and that is clearly evident in the finished article. I couldn’t be more delighted with my new kitchen.”


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