This weeks post illustrates another way that we have maximised the space in the new apartments sited in a pair of Grade 2 listed buildings on Wellington Square in Hastings. I have mentioned previously how the living/dining/kitchens were designed to appear as living rooms that happen to have a kitchen in them, rather than a kitchen that happens to have some living room furniture in it and the distinction is important. Due to the limited available space, the front rooms need to triple up in their use and this, along with the aim for them to read as living spaces, required some deft design of the bespoke kitchens.
Similarly to the modification of the door posted in last weeks post, here, the design of the bespoke kitchens would not have translated to physical installation without the input of a good joiner. Our aim was to present the kitchen as a piece of furniture, taking inspiration from sideboards and armoires but to also ensure that the occupants would have everything they need in their kitchen, albeit in a compact form. The sketches below show the concept.
It didn’t take long to discover that the majority of the cost would be in the integrated appliances and since the project was being delivered to a budget, the decision was taken to reduce the specification of the appliances from pop-up extracts, top loading dishwashers that sit under the sink drainer, waste compactors and separate chiller and freezer drawers to more straightforward, integrated white goods. The idea of a lift-up surface, beneath which is concealed a stainless steel work top, sink and hob was retained as this presented the ideal way for the occupants to close down the kitchen and allow them to enjoy their living room.
We have been delighted by the positive feedback from the new occupants on how the kitchens work in real life. I would love to hear your views.