Katie Malik Interior designer Cambridge

How to create an ideal kitchen- case study II

Scandinavian style kitchens have been growing in popularity in the last few years when we’ve also witnessed a strong, steady Scandi style trend appeal. While achieving a certain style is very important, it is also vital to consider other elements, such as practicality and efficient space design…

This Spring, I was approached by a lovely family living just outside of Cambridge, who wanted to completely redesign their kitchen to be able to have better storage solutions but most importantly to be able to enjoy having family and friends over for dinner. The existing layout did not suit the family as it didn’t allow for a proper dining zone; maximum number of people who could fit at a table tucked in the corner of the kitchen was 5. With a family of 4, this indeed doesn’t leave a lot of room for guests.

What Katie Malik Interiors did was to completely reorganise the existing layout and knock through the current partition wall to create an open plan with a spacious kitchen, dining and lounge zones.

At the concept design phase, I proposed two options: one with a peninsula, and another one with an island. Both designs work for the space but at the same time, have their limitations; the choice was, however, relatively easy for my clients who opted for a peninsula with a breakfast bar.

Option 1- Peninsula with a breakfast bar

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02_24 Merrington Place

Option 2 with a kitchen island and a built-in canopy extractor. This layout would allow only for the end breakfast bar for one person, that’s why the clients opted for the other layout with a breakfast bar for three.

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03_vB_24 Merrington Place

After going through options at the concept stage, I have developed the chosen design and sketches were turned into photorealistic visualisations.

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The raised breakfast bar allows the sink to be placed in the peninsula, together with a washing machine, the dishwasher and bins. The space from the kitchen into the hallway is separated by bespoke shelving unit which will fit into the current doorway- it will allow to let more light come through both into the hallway and the kitchen, and it would also double as a display unit and an interesting entrance feature.

24 Merrington Place_kitchen_2A copy

Current garden doors and windows will be removed and replaced with a bifold door, allowing to connect the garden with the inside a bit more.

Final chosen design can be seen below. We played around a little with the microwave position, type of cooking hob and the extractor. Finer cabinet details have also been changed.

Katie Malik Interior designer Cambridge
Scandinavian style kitchen

The kitchen will be installed in September 2017 and we are very much looking forward to showing you the final, completed space. For more design inspiration, see Katie Malik Interiors portfolio. 

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