It takes a bit of courage to change the look of your home completely, but that’s just what one couple has decided to do with their elegant new-build in Randalstown.
Having previously enjoyed a more classic-traditional décor, the pair made the bold move to embrace a much more modern-contemporary design moving forward, and to help them achieve this, they called upon Co-Design in Belfast.
A regular at the Love Your Home show in Belfast, Harvey Moffett from the company says it was here that he met these particular clients, who liked what they saw at the Co-Design showing area.
“We do things a little bit differently to other kitchen companies at the Love Your Home show,” he says. “We don’t put on a built kitchen display. Instead, we get blown-up photos of jobs that we’ve done and put up about 20 or 30 of those, so it’s a little bit like an art gallery.
“From a potential client’s perspective, it means they can see more examples of our work. Sometimes, people find it hard to picture things in their head, so it’s reassuring for them to see it all upfront.
“What we find is that people stop to have a look and then start discussing what they like. Constructive conversations then come out of that and we get involved with those. That’s how we got talking to the clients for this project. They liked one particular kitchen we had done previously.”
Asking Harvey if they could send their house plans to him, the Randalstown couple was keen to see how the previous kitchen design he had worked on would look in their new home. Ultimately, it seemed a good fit, so they arranged to meet him onsite to discuss the project further.
“I showed them the kitchen drawings on the iPad and what it would look like in their room and they loved it,” says Harvey. “They changed the colours slightly and the overall design was expanded from the previous one, to make it fit their bigger space.”
“They changed the colours slightly and the overall design was expanded from the previous one, to make it fit their bigger space.”Harvey Moffett
Unique and unusual features
With a large overall footprint for the house, the kitchen is indeed a spacious room, which has allowed Co-Design to create a slightly more unique look than usual, in terms of the cabinetry. The resulting space is airy and uncluttered, with subtle, versatile tones which help to create a calming ambience.
“This is a modern, acrylic-matt handless kitchen with quartz stone worktops,” says Harvey. “One of the main features is the bank of tall units floating off the floor, with the ovens in between. We don’t install that sort of thing very often as it generally won’t fit into the majority of houses.
“So, the more unusual and unique characteristics of the kitchen are this floating bank of tall units and appliances, as well as the twin islands, which have a drop-down ceiling feature above.”
The four floating units, which create a distinct focal point in the room, include a fridge to the left and a spacious larder unit, while the other end comprises a mirror larder unit and a tall freezer. Sandwiched between them is the combination of ovens and warming drawers, including a full-size and a microwave oven.
The overall effect is both striking yet also discreet, the handless cabinetry creating clean lines which the eye slides across effortlessly.
The overall effect is both striking yet also discreet, the handless cabinetry creating clean lines which the eye slides across effortlessly. A wall-mounted, layered rail also offers tidy storage for any towels and cloths.
With ample space to accommodate double islands in the kitchen, the left unit is fitted with a discreet flat hob, while the drop-down ceiling above includes a handy remote-controlled extractor fan. The opposite island is subsequently fitted with a Franke sink and Quooker boiling water tap, with a waste disposal machine cleverly concealed underneath. Each island also has ample storage below for utensils.
A solid oak breakfast bar connects the pair of islands, which the client has accessorised with their own stylish, modern chairs in a mustard tone. Meanwhile, lighting above the breakfast bar includes a trio of pendant lights, with scattered down lights across the ceiling and on the drop-down central ceiling area.
Behind the breakfast bar, additional storage comes in the form of a block of cupboards three wide and four deep which, in keeping with the handless theme, open by simply pressing against their surface. This is another of those subtle but stylish aspects within the room which add to its quirky, contemporary character.
With four large windows flooding one end of the kitchen with natural light, it is here that a small, separate glass-topped dining table is situated, which is the clients’ own. The chairs here – in the same style and shade as those at the breakfast bar – were also chosen separately by the clients. Indeed, it is the chairs and breakfast bar which add splashes of colour to the kitchen palette’s more muted tones, helping to knit the overall design together.
…it is the chairs and breakfast bar which add splashes of colour to the kitchen palette’s more muted tones…
The overall colour-scheme for the kitchen is a combination of dark metallic basalt and a lighter cashmere shade, which complement each other perfectly and continue that clean, minimalist modern look. The large, rectangular floor tiles further highlight the ample space available in the room and blend in seamlessly with the metallic tones of the cabinetry and surrounding décor.
“We assisted the clients in choosing the floor tiles and the colours for the walls,” says Harvey. “They spray-painted the whole house and then the second time around the painting was done with brushes. We introduced them to tradesmen to do the work they wanted in that regard.”
Working closely with the clients from start to finish, Harvey offered advice throughout the project. Indeed, from providing input on wiring at the initial site visit, to advising on colours and cabinetry later on, Co-Design was there every step of the way to ensure the project was a success.
“I have to say, it’s one of the nicest finished houses I’ve seen!”HARVEY MOFFETT
“We very much worked to the clients’ timescale,” says Harvey. “Sometimes, it can take a year to a year-and-a-half on projects, but in this case it probably took us around six months to complete. I have to say, it’s one of the nicest finished houses I’ve seen!”
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