So despite the lack of posting lots has been going on with the project and with selling our own house. The past month I have been having meetings with our kitchen designer, Mark, at Selan Design in Broughty Ferry. We went round three companies but Selan really stood out for us. The customer service so far has been excellent and Mark has been great at talking us through all of the options, finding out how and how much we use our kitchen and generally being the kind of designer we were hoping for.
I started off with the idea of having a 6 burner range and stand alone kitchen furniture. I had quite a fixed idea of what I wanted. However, having gone round several show rooms, and spending time thinking through how we wanted our open plan living space to be, we both realised we wanted something quite different.
We have busy lives and so need a kitchen that is hard working but very easy to keep clean and tidy. We also thought that as the 1st floor is entirely open, and we won't have a fire, the kitchen could and for us should be the main focal point. This led us to look more at a statement design for our kitchen and to go for something very sleek, modern and simple. The simplicity is important, because we also want, in other parts of the house, to reflect the history of the building. This means the kitchen needs to marry modern and sleek with the ability to blend in with historical features.
The design isn't quite finished yet but the pics show roughly what we are thinking of. What is definite is that we will have an island, a breakfast bar, and a full wall of cabinetry with fitted ovens. We think we will go for Miele for the hob/oven and Siemens for the white goods.
This pic is one of their show kitchens and not exactly like ours - but gives an idea of the back wall.
We have also changed our floor plan - the stairs are now more of a spiral - to extend the living space right to the back wall on one side. We haven't quite decided which bit to be sofa/chill out area and which bit to be the dining table. There will be lots of discussions no doubt to be had on that.
I will post more about the individual details of the kitchen - I am very pleased with the route we have gone down re appliances and have even given up my range idea in favour of an induction hob with funky down draft extractor. Believe me, I can bore for Britain now on induction hobs!
The main thing though that tells me we are developing the right design is how excited we are both getting about our kitchen. In my current kitchen now I can't help but think how it will be in the new house compared to how we are now. Being able to imagine how our kitchen tells me I am on the right track.