Designed and installed by: John Willox Kitchen Design, Ellon

Budget: £8k - £12k see more in this price range

Kitchen style used


The Brief

The client’s existing kitchen was very dark and quite cramped – they had a dark, grey floor, black worktops and black wall tiles. There was an island in the existing kitchen but it didn’t really work as it was too close to one wall and this also made the kitchen feel small. The client had a cupboard off their existing utility room which they wanted to remove so that they could have space for their American fridge/freezer.  The American fridge/freezer sat in the existing kitchen on the sink run and took up a lot of space, so it looked much better once it was tucked away on the back wall. The client’s boiler was housed in a wall unit to make the utility room look much tidier.

Designer's Tips

Moving the hob to the right-hand wall meant the clients had a lot more worktop space near the hob for food preparation and cooking. Removing the island made the kitchen feel much more spacious.

The existing, black wall tiles were removed and replaced with a Silestone upstand to match the Silestone worktop for a modern look. A glass splashback on the hob run and a polished, Silestone worktop reflects the light to make the kitchen feel much bigger. The client’s existing oven was a built under one so we designed this in a tall unit for easier access. We included a tall, pull out larder in the kitchen and a tall broom unit in the utility room so that they had somewhere to store their ironing board and iron. A dresser unit in the corner near the window uses up wasted space. The existing kitchen only had one set of drawers on the island, so we included two sets of wide pan drawers in the new kitchen, one which went under the hob.  Drawers are much more practical for storing pans and cutlery.