The client had just bought a new house, a new build bungalow in Brundall. The house was not yet complete and the contractors were going to fit it with a basic laminate kitchen, but the client persuaded them not to. They knew they wanted a high-quality kitchen that would last, and loved the idea of a bespoke build from Bear and Woods – despite being unsure if we could work with their budget. Once they got in touch we reassured them that with the right planning, we could create a beautiful kitchen at an affordable price.
The kitchen wasn’t very big, but as it was well-lit and part of an open plan living area, it felt quite spacious. The client wanted to keep the quality of this light and space, and build a simple kitchen that felt high-end despite having a modest budget. It was a challenge we were ready to rise to.
As the property was a new build, the client liked the idea of a modern kitchen and chose flush cabinet doors and square satin bar handles. Wanting to make the most of their money, they decided to buy modern appliances from trusted manufacturers like Bosch and Caple rather than splashing out on the latest technology.
Designing this kitchen, we knew the most important thing was to make it affordable without sacrificing any of the quality. It is built from exactly the same materials as all of our other kitchens, right down to the oak drawer boxes – but by choosing a simple L-shaped layout and standard cabinets, we could significantly reduce the cost. Its size was also a major factor. As a standard size kitchen, it was fairly easy to fit out at a lower price.
But it wasn’t just about saving money; we needed to know where to spend it. Just few bespoke elements can make a kitchen feel luxurious. That’s why we masked the boiler behind a cabinet, designed an integrated wine rack over the fridge-freezer and built floating shelves.
We considered fitting the kitchen with a solid acrylic worktop, but we knew that a premium material would really give it the luxurious feel our client was after. After searching high and low, we were lucky enough to source a beautiful Carrera white marble worktop at a good price. We chose a slim 20mm design, which reduced the amount of material and therefore the cost, and complimented the kitchen’s contemporary look.
Grey is one of the colours our clients ask for most, no matter what the style of their kitchen. When we came to handpaint these kitchen cabinets, we suggested a two-tone finish for a high-end contemporary finish. All of our paints are mixed to order, so this came with no extra cost. The client chose Mole’s Breath and Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, with the wall cabinets in the lighter shade. The result is effortlessly stylish.