Undertaking a full renovation of a Georgian townhouse at one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious addresses, our client’s brief centred on their wish to create a kitchen space which would exude a sense of luxury through quality of materials. They were looking for a space that would impress within the architectural grandeur of their home and at the same time be a pleasure for them to use and enjoy personally.
The engineering and material quality of bulthaup b3 was the perfect partner to the original architecture within their home.
The property had suffered from less than sensitive adaptations over the decades which our client was dedicated to resolving. The kitchen space itself included several challenges; a north facing room which had previously been two small rooms now left with multiple doorways, windows and pathways.
We started by addressing these in our space planning to achieve a cohesive layout in keeping with our client’s love of clean lines
We had to address access to a generous walk-in pantry which was to the left of the window. This was preventing use of the full side wall to create the run of tall units to house the appliances required.
To achieve this, we created a pocket door at the end of the tall run of units which you walk through then turn into the ‘secret pantry’. We suggested this hidden room should be dark and dramatic and used the bulthaup b3 aluminium grey wall panel system, with integrated shelves and hanging elements. Dark grey tinted mirror to one full wall gives the subtle illusion of more space.
The resulting full run of tall units houses a plethora of storage and Gaggenau appliances yet appears to take up no space at all, thanks in part to the framing we designed to give the appearance that it is recessed into the wall.
The Gaggenau 400 series ovens, which include functions such as pyrolytic cleaning, combi steam and microwave appear jewel like against the b3 Platinum door finish and the integrated 90cm wide Gaggenau Vario Fridge Freezer with pull out freezer drawers, stainless steel and aluminium interior and integrated ice maker certainly surprises and impresses while providing highly efficient, longer lasting food storage thanks to humidity control.
An additional tall unit run on the opposite wall houses additional Gaggenau appliances including a fully automatic coffee machine with preparation drawer designed below, wine cooler and….an additional 76cm wide Gaggenau Vario Fridge Freezer with ice maker – all set for parties!
The island, designed to incorporate key appliances, workspace and space for seating, includes the revolutionary BORA professional induction cooktop with integrated extractor, Quooker Fusion boiling water tap and Fisher & Paykel 90cm dishwasher drawer all contributing to a highly efficient and social activity space.
To create a calm, inviting space, we carefully selected and layered tones and textures, introducing warmth to the north facing room.
Interestingly, we were able to use a matt laminate in light cool toned Platinum as the predominant finish to push back the walls and create a sense of space. To introduce depth, this was partnered with an island in a darker grey aluminium. The elegant sheen of the metal finish takes on different tones, responding beautifully to the changing light throughout the day and evening.
Additional elements of warmth were added in the form of the 9cm thick solid walnut bar top and through the natural tones of the flooring tile.
Further touches of luxury are provided by the smaller details chosen by our client who appreciates the personal enjoyment of using their bulthaup kitchen. These include, bulthaup walnut drawers with the beauty of their dovetail joints and prism system, and the Gaggenau baking stone which heats up to 300 degrees meaning our client can enjoy homemade stone baked pizza and breads in the comfort of their own home!
By Cameron Interiors at 15 Mar 2019, 15:44 PM