What was the brief you gave to Court Homemakers?
The Boothby’s had moved into a new build 20 years ago. They loved the house but always felt that the kitchen let it down. It felt disproportionately small and there was a separate utility room and family room which just wasn’t a great use of space. Their brief was simple. Open the space up and give the house the heart of the home it deserved.
Can you describe the space you were working with?
The kitchen backs on to a south facing garden at the rear. The objective was to bring the garden in. So, by planning an extension and combining the space taken by the original utility, family room and kitchen it was possible to double the size of the space and open up one side of the room to the garden.
How did Court Homemakers help?
Court Homemakers managed the whole process. They put us in contact with a builder that they worked with and when the builder finished the extension Court Homemakers started fitting the kitchen. The whole project was seamless. They even started the work while we were on holiday and sent us pictures to update on progress. Their attention to detail was beyond ours!
What style kitchen did you choose?
With the kitchen/family area being so large we wanted a centre island with a bar where everyone could congregate and we could eat together as a family. With help from Michael, the designer at Court Homemakers, we chose a modern, clean, contemporary style for the kitchen with a muted palette of matt light grey and a darker beige brown. We wanted a wine cooler and a built-in fridge-freezer and Siemens appliances. There was a lot of natural lighting from the bi-fold doors and the roof lantern (that the builder suggested) but we also chose plinth lighting and lighting above and below the cabinets as well as downlighter.
What’s your favourite feature?
The centre island with the roof lantern directly above it. It’s great to sit having breakfast watching the blue sky/clouds rolling over your head.
How do you feel about the kitchen now that it’s finished?
We couldn’t be happier. It makes us smile every time we walk into it. Michael’s ability to take on board our ideas and distil them down to something that really worked for us was excellent. We developed a real trust in him and his suggestions and the result was, and is, beyond what we could have hoped for. The kitchen was the weakest link in our house and now it’s the strongest. We can’t recommend Court Homemakers highly enough. You meet, you talk, then they just come and do it – the whole job, from start to brilliant finish.
Doors: Ellerton – silver grey
Feature: Graphite oak
Worktops: Dekton – Radium
Breakfast bar: Black washed oak