White kitchen with bespoke curved island

East Grinstead

The brief:
Mr and Mrs Heather had a tired looking, traditional oak door kitchen when their household began to grow. With their son and granddaughters moving in with them at the beginning of 2018, the couple decided to move their kitchen to the rear of their home, creating a light and airy space where the whole family could spend precious time together. For their ‘forever’ kitchen, the Heathers desired a large section of glazing so they could look out onto their stunning garden, as well as complementary colours, materials and layout to optimise their time spent cooking, dining and socialising.

The solution:
The Heathers began their new kitchen project by building a bespoke rear extension to house their new kitchen. The freshly-constructed six by four metre, single-storey space boasts a focal roof lantern and plenty of glass to take in views of the couple’s glorious rear garden.

Once the plans were drawn up for the extension, the couple consulted Andrew Moore, a designer at David Haugh (a Stoneham retailer in Tunbridge Wells) who recommended Stoneham’s handle-less options in its Fusion and Mode collections for the cabinetry. Smooth spray painted in Stoneham’s off-white cream colour, ‘Cashmere’, Mr and Mrs Heather’s light furniture offers the impression of aggrandised space and is complemented perfectly by Anthracite Oak at the base of the island.

As a keen baker, Mrs Heather was eager for her cooking space to stand the test of high heat and the odd bit of mess. Ultimately, the couple selected Caesarstone Quartz worktops in Clamshell, which have proved to be durable, bake-friendly and easy to clean, while the floating shelves above the work surfaces help Mrs Heather to prepare food clearly with their integrated Sensio LED lights.

To further assist with cooking, Andrew designed the Heathers’ island so that their top-of-the-range appliances were all within close reach, including a single oven, steam combi oven, warming drawer and dishwasher (all by Miele), as well as a Smartline induction hob and extractor fan, which face the garden and adjacent seating adding a sociable aspect. The kitchen also features a Blanco mixer tap and sink, with an additional Quooker boiling tap, perfect for making a quick brew.

“We came across Stoneham Kitchens… the look, feel and quality was exactly what we were after and offered a good choice of styles and colours. Our kitchen has now become the place where we all spend more time together.”
Mrs Heather