The first step was to remove a load bearing wall that divided the dining room and kitchen. This was subcontracted out, however my clients got in touch with me early on, so they could collaborate with me and their builders to explore every option and create the best space for their requirements.
Where other designers were adamant that an ‘L-Shape kitchen with a breakfast bar’ was the best layout for the space and that an island was impossible, I proposed a kitchen with a ‘peninsular’, as this would offer all the same benefits of an island – extra workspace, smart storage solutions and a place to socialise. Unlike an island, which would need to be of a certain size to be worthwhile, peninsulas can be short or long, and so fit into smaller spaces. Another benefit to this layout meant that we were able to avoid corner units, providing the back part of the kitchen with some much-needed tall wall space for the fridge freezer and dry food storage. It also provided additional worktop space for their much loved coffee machine!