COMPLETED : March 2017
DESIGN BRIEF : When Margaret first decided to remodel her kitchen, she envisaged that a traditional style would suit her home renovation best and had spent some time looking round other showrooms in the area without finding anything she really liked. TruKitchen to the rescue!
On the recommendation of a friend, Margaret was advised to visit the truKitchen showroom in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Although she had not considered a contemporary design before, Margaret went along with an open mind to see what was on offer and talk to the team.
Straight way, Margaret was extremely impressed with all the kitchen displays she viewed in the showroom. She changed her mind from wanting a traditional style and immediately fell in love with the more modern look and all the different options available.
‘I was so impressed when saw the quality of the kitchens,’ said Margaret, who was now totally convinced that the style would work perfectly in her brick built home.
After choosing her contractor, the next step was to work on the design and layout
for the project with the team at truKitchen, led by Tracy Mackey, Retail Director. ‘I had an idea of the design I wanted,’ said Margaret, ‘and Tracy was more than happy to help and improve on my ideas.’
Margaret’s aim was to create the appearance of a much larger space by adding almost full height bi-folding doors across the back of the house, that would open out into the garden and give the room a much more open feel with its connection to the garden. This would mean the removal of the existing sink run.
Together, they worked out exactly what was required from her new kitchen and after surveying the site, the layout was planned out carefully by the designers.
The next step was to choose the combination of furniture styles, worktops and appliances that would work in the available space. Margaret liked the sleek white cupboards and worktops she’d seen in the showroom and wanted to team them with slate and wood to evoke the natural outside space.
She was especially drawn to the DUBLIN Alpine White furniture and chose to combine it with a real STONE Black Slate and Cognac wood combination for the island because of the natural elements in their construction.
Other details which contributed to the final kitchen design were the addition of steel grip-rail handles, ELKE furniture lights, larder units, graphite drawer interiors, a recycling bin and Quooker Fusion tap as well as quality Siemens and Franke appliances. The addition of the Quooker tap makes life so much easier, as hot and boiling water is instantly available – meaning a kettle is no longer needed and the worktops are less cluttered.
It was at this stage that Margaret was provided with realistic high-quality renders of the design so that she could see what the final kitchen would look like. ‘The 3D mock up of my kitchen was absolutely wonderful,’ she enthused. The deal was sealed and Margaret’s kitchen was on its way.
The finished new kitchen layout incorporates a dining area and breakfast bar and means that the previously utilitarian room has now become a wonderful entertaining and relaxing space.
‘The transformation of my kitchen has been amazing,’ she said. ‘By incorporating bi-folding doors into a previously dark and cold room – the outside has been brought inside.’
As far as the styling of her kitchen was concerned, Margaret choose copper accents in the form of a large statement Tom Dixon Melt pendant ceiling light, which she teamed with other copper accessories such as bowls, tins and plates to add more up-to-the-minute style.
With the addition of mirrored splash-backs, distressed brown leather seats, black bar stools and other wooden furniture – plus split-slate tiles from Mandarin Stone adorning the oven wall, she has created a truly distinctive modern look.
Margaret really enjoyed the experience as a customer of truKitchen and was very impressed with the communication from the company at every stage of the process. ‘The staff were very helpful and always on hand when I had any queries or concerns,’ she said. The kitchen fitter at truKitchen was also praised highly as Margaret was told by her building contractor that he was the best he had ever seen!
Although Margaret was anxious at first about using her new WiFi and steam ovens – after attending a Siemens’ showroom demonstration evening at truKitchen, she gained a lot more confidence. ‘The most adventurous meal I have cooked so far is roasted figs wrapped in parma ham with blue cheese and a traditional moussaka for the family,’ she said. ‘but there are plenty more recipes I want to try out now!’
Margaret’s friends and family are excited by the transformation. ’Everyone who has seen the kitchen since its installation has been amazed at how beautiful it is and how the room seems so much bigger, brighter and more welcoming,’ said Margaret.
‘I would wholeheartedly recommend Tracy and the
team at truKitchen to anyone who is looking for a quality kitchen at a realistic price,’ she concluded.
Clients: Margaret Lowry
Kitchen: Rempp DUBLIN Alpine White furniture
with STONE Slate Black accents and a Cognac wood island, plus Corian worktops.
Siemens Single Pyro oven
Siemens Compact Steam oven
Siemens 1780 high fridge
Siemens built-under freezer
Siemens tall dishwasher
Siemens Panoramic induction hob
Quooker Fusion Tap square in chrome
Franke Kubus under-mounted 1/12 sink