Apart from working out technical details, we invested time in designing a kitchen that would fit in with the understated, light, relaxed and homey feel of the living space. The kitchen will be at its centre: lounge to one side, dining and relaxing to the other. It couldn't be totally modern and a Victorian retro look would look strange as well.
Client's wishes: lots of storage, butler sink, light colours, double oven and nothing that would look too fancy (my words). Lots of discussions later and we have worked out something that I think, will be quietly spectacular: a mix of contemporary and the traditional.
The tiles will be old-fashioned and glazed with imperfections, to tone down the modern cupboards. The appliances will be a mix as well: a SMEG 50s fridge and a stainless steel cooker with double oven. With the client's old dresser and plate-rack (similar to the one in the photo), the kitchen will look as if it has always been there, grown overtime, with modern bits and older parts.
The floor will be in ash or oak planks, but the kitchen will have a stone floor, laid as if it were a rug, with wood around it. This will be achieved by continuing the wood a little bit into the kitchen and by placing the island slightly off the tiled area. Lines of where the tiled area is going to be are just about visible in the drawing.