Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry
Finally the appointment I have most been looking forward to – the kitchen consultation with Timpelle 🙂
We had visited the showroom a couple of times to get ideas and colour samples which certainly helped. I had also taken photos of lots of different show home kitchens I liked, not just Wisdom’s. Plus the Kitchen section on the Homeone forum was a great help especially their ‘Show us your kitchen’ thread.
The kitchen is the hub of the home and in the Majestic it is central in the large open plan living and dining area so we want it to be a feature. The design needed to be contemporary to suit the space which is a bit different from anything we’ve previously had. Our last kitchen was real maple wood in a shaker style and I still like it. The current kitchens with laminates and polyurethane remind me of my parents’ brand new kitchen in the 60’s just not quite so bright!
With two sons in their 20’s practicality came into play, whilst I like the look of no handles and a shark tooth edge we will be going for handles on the lower cabinetry – less finger marks. Silk finish over gloss for the same reason and soft close doors and drawers to help stop them bashing and crashing around.
Lower cabinetry in white silk polyurethane and upper cabinetry in Laminex Espresso Ligna silk finish.
We have a large island bench, 2300 x 1000mm, which we will make the main feature downstairs. We have chosen to make it a 70mm breakfast bar with waterfall ends in Caesarstone Supernatural ‘Emperadoro’. Yes, I know on previous posts I said we might be sensible and stick to the standard range but it is lovely ….
All other Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry benchtops will be standard Caesarstone in ‘Osprey’.
The Decoglaze glass splashback will be in ‘Latte’.
As I am chief cook and bottle washer we are going for a built in double oven and a gas cook top rather than the standard freestanding range cooker. After nearly 30 years with a double oven I’ll stick with what I’m happy with although the steam ovens do look good.
The Butler’s Pantry will have the same colour scheme as the kitchen. The original plans had the pantry as a large store room with shelving on three walls. By shifting some walls slightly we have enlarged it to take cabinetry and made a walk in pantry (WIP) off it and a window. The window is offset to allow for a fridge freezer in the left hand corner but it should end up central in the space. The double oven will go in with the microwave (MW) and the fridge space (REF) will be made slightly smaller. We have made the fridge space bigger for a future Samsung French door style fridge freezer. Of course since we would like one our current fridge will last indefinitely…
Our consultant was really helpful and we’ve ended up with a nice contemporary kitchen design with a lot of cupboard and drawer space which is great. He’s dropped the overhead cupboards down so I can reach them as I am vertically challenged! I would have liked them a lot lower but they have to be a certain distance from the gas flame so I’ll settle for the bottom shelf and a little stool in the pantry 🙂