Saturday, 17 June 2017

Clever unit design strikes again !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, this weeks tale is another one of those, like last weeks, where our ability to change any cabinet size to whatever we need makes everything fit perfectly. 

A lot of time was spent on this project as well, to design unit sizes carefully so that no-one would think twice when looking at it. Stealth units ....... make the job so much better.

An Eco kitchen in every respect apart from the granite !!

Our Eco2 cabinets forming the basis as usual ( now with added recycled content, 75% in fact and we can prove it !! ) Sustainable Tulipwood doors painted with low VOC content paint in Farrow and Ball Green Blue No. 84, if you want to know the colour. Sustainable Character Oak worktops. Bon Accord granite, the only Eco negative, around the main run. Granite still being the ideal choice for heat resistance with the ability to put hot pans etc straight onto it. Some Gorenje appliances, still the most Eco conscious appliance manufacturer of choice !!

Carefully sized cabinet structure to fit exactly. How many companies do you know who can make an 1100mm x 850mm L shape corner base ?? Best possible use of corner space.

Peninsular unit to add worktop, storage volume and somewhere to work off the main run. A place to serve from over into the dining room space.

The custom sized L shape corner base using our unique split shelf arrangement for more versatile use of the storage

Strangely, the first time I've used timber worktop to go over two levels with the connecting upstand providing a home for a useful couple of double sockets,

As usual, I'm tidy plumbing obsessed ! Also how many companies do you know the even supply a shelf to go in a Butler sink unit, let alone cut it round the pipework so it's still meaningful ??

You want a Butler sink, Boy have we got a Butler sink ! This one is a beauty, 900mm wide x 630mm deep, it's a superb piece of ceramic engineering from Villeroy & Boch. Of course, those of you who were paying attention will now know the difference between a Butler sink and a Belfast, won't you ?

The sink sits beautifully within the granite tops, even fitting a granite upstand across the back to provide upstand continuity. 900mm high walls units giving just that extra storage when needed.

Oven and microwave fitted at a sensible working height carefully calculated to give best access for reach to both. The hood, we think, is the perfect answer to the problem of repeatedly banging your head on a more conventional hood. We don't understand why these back sloping hoods aren't more popular, even we get sick of banging our heads on "normal" hoods when we fit them !

This layout really does represent the optimum positioning of units for good ergonomics while working in the space. PS: The higher units at the back of the peninsular section are the perfect height for folk to lean on while chatting to you while you're cooking and it keeps folk out from under your feet while you're prepping a meal,  Bonus !

Nice tidy positioning of cooking kit makes everything easier.

Fridge to the left of the drawer pack, bottles in the pull out to the left of the fridge, all it needs now is a kettle on top and it's the ideal spot to make a cuppa.

So, your kitchen doesn't need to be massive to be well thought out and space efficient.

For those of you who know, we are collating records using our own unique chart to calculate optimum storage volumes in given home sizes. Our records show that the ideal requirement for a 3 bedroom Semi is around 3.5 cu.m. of storage.

This one came in at 3.49 cu.m.
so pretty much spot on, job well done. When looking at any new kitchen project we measure storage volume achieved in order to make the best recommendation for any house. We feel this is a requirement everyone should look at to get the best out of your kitchen space. Normally we would record what was there before to give us a comparison and let you know a percentage increase in volume achieved but not many of the original units were left in this case..

It also proves that you don't have to just randomly stuff your kitchen full of units to make the best of it. Our findings are showing that too many units can be as big a mistake as too few !! To find out more, contact us for one of our unique volume calculator sheets. 
Thinking that little bit more than most companies do is what we do best. ! 

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