Minimal Masterpiece

We are proud to announce that once again one of our recent projects has been selected to feature in the prestigious publication,’The Best of Irish Kitchens’, April/May 2012 edition:

Having bought their detached family home approximately two years ago, Leah and Simon have renovated the property in stages. ‘The house was very dated when we bought it but we saw the potential and set about giving the place a new lease of life with a contemporary, open plan interior,’ says Leah.

The first area to be tackled was to the rear of the house, where the original kitchen was situated. Knocking the kitchen and living room into one and extending into the garden, the couple now have a large open space for all the family to enjoy. ‘This free- flowing layout is ideal for us as a family. We wanted to have the kitchen, living and dining areas all situated within the one room, yet with specific zones for each area and its function.’

Enlisting the skills of Laird Contracts, the couple had the extension built to accommodate all their requirements. Once the structure was underway, Leah and Simon began looking at kitchens for inspiration. ‘Interior 360 had designed a kitchen for my parents’ friends.They came highly recommended and it was good to be able to see an example of their work in situ. We loved the look of their kitchens so it made sense to discuss our options with them.’ Visiting the Interior 360 showroom and dealing with designer, Paul, the couple explored their options. ‘We knew we wanted a minimal, open plan design. As the kitchen would be in an open plan living area, it was important to us that it have a clutter free appearance, so we wanted there to be plenty of storage options, yet we were keen to have clean lines and a contemporary visual appeal.’

Rather than opting for wall cabinets, Leah and Simon selected a striking combination of tall units and island storage, with the help and guidance of Paul. ‘Paul knew exactly the look we were hoping to achieve, so he suggested that our builders create a stud wall to provide a recess to house a wall of storage, also accommodating flush fitting appliances.This was a fabulous idea as it really enhances the sleek, streamlined look of the room. This along with lots of storage within the island provides all the storage we need.’ The island is a multifunctional feature. This area is where all food prep. is carried out and indeed, this is where the sink and induction hob are situated. Beneath the work surface, large pot and cutlery drawers have been incorporated to ensure there is a place for everything. A breakfast bar has also been designed as part of the island, which is a great additional feature, offering a more casual alternative to the dining table.

Leah and her family are delighted with their stylish new kitchen design. ‘It’s fabulous; I just love the way the entire room flows. Paul was excellent to work with. He really understood our vision and came up with great suggestions to optimise the design. We have another living area to the front of the house which we’ve since refurbished but this is where we spend most of our time.’