Contemporary grey kitchen with large bar area


The brief

The owners of a large detached modern house in a sought-after location in Chislehurst, Kent wanted a kitchen to suit the style of their property. As regular entertainers the kitchen needed to be large enough for hosting dinner parties and gatherings and include a drinks area and lots of seating, as well as a pantry and utility room complete with a shower for their pet dog. The couple were inspired by images seen on Pinterest, in addition to features they’d seen in Stoneham’s showroom, including a curved bench seat which they desired in their new space.


The solution

The open-plan room was zoned into two parts; the main kitchen area and a relaxed seating area for socialising. In the kitchen Stoneham’s handleless Fusion and Edwardian ranges in dove grey were chosen for the main run of cabinetry, topped off with Corian white worktops to provide a contemporary finish.

In contrast to the light grey and smooth painted doors, Stoneham’s Ambience range in anthracite oak was utilised for the seating area at one end of the impressive kitchen island. The curved oak bench, as requested by the couple, incorporates a circular table at a lower level to the island, ideal for socialising with their guests. The seating is further enhanced with high stools positioned at the island level where a curved worktop extension provides a uniquely shaped breakfast bar.

The showstopper in the room is the large drinks dresser spanning one wall in the relaxed seating zone. In the centre of the dresser is glass shelving that exposes a wide selection of the owners’ gin collection, with bi-fold doors either side that open to reveal further shelving for glassware as well as a single Kaelo wine bottle cooler. A more expansive wine cooler was also incorporated below the gin collection storing several bottles of fizz in readiness for the couple’s gatherings.

For storage solutions the couple selected a tall pantry cupboard with a single pocket door providing a mix of shelving and drawers to store goods. Coming off the kitchen a stunning wooden walk-in pantry was also built, crafted with Stoneham’s Fahrenheit range in a light oak offering an abundance of storage space.

The owners chose the latest premium technology for their new kitchen with a range of Siemens appliances including a large ACool Fridge Freezer and two single ovens in addition to a combi micro oven and combi steam oven.  A Bora Professional Domino hob was integrated into the kitchen island with three cooking zones, providing plenty of space for the owners to create culinary dishes for large numbers. To make serving drinks effortless, a Quooker tap was installed providing instant boiling water alongside regular hot and cold. The addition of Quooker CUBE gives the couple the option of having filtered, chilled and sparkling water whenever needed.

The owners wanted to ensure the space was light but also have the ability to alter the lighting to create the right ambience for different occasions. To meet this request DuoFlex LED strip lighting was placed in key parts of the kitchen with a remote control so that the owners could change the light from natural to warm white when required. This lighting under the cabinetry also shows off the subtle white sparkle on the Corian splashback.

A separate utility room completed the project providing a private space for extra storage and laundry facilities, to keep the kitchen clutter free. However, the most unique feature in the room was a bespoke Corian dog wash allowing the couple to clean their pet pooch straight after muddy walks.

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