An impressive kitchen design for a new build, modern home

An impressive kitchen design for a new build, modern home
May 22, 2018 Richard Hibbert

Our client was hoping for a striking kitchen design for their self-build property in Bury St Edmunds.

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Our client had purchased a bungalow on a large piece of land and spent two years living in a static caravan on the driveway whilst they built a new modern detached house on the footprint. Our client wanted a kitchen with ‘wow factor’, that was unique in its design and with a modern and sophisticated feel.

When KSL started work on the design for the kitchen, the house was just a shell with none of the internal walls built. Our challenge was to visualise the room from the architect’s plans provided and create a design that would work within the unusual shape of the space designated for the kitchen and dining area.


We designed a unique island that followed the angle of the walls of the room. This creates an impactful focal point for the space. Whilst striking in appearance, the island is still highly practical with a substantial worktop area and an abundance of drawer storage.  As well as providing every day seating, the breakfast bar also allows people to ‘perch’ at the island comfortably, enabling the client to be sociable while cooking.

Our design includes two different types of Beckermann units in two different colours. The tall integrated fridge and freezer units and oven housing are from the Avalon oak veneer range in ‘Carbon’. The island has matching end panels and plinths. The flecks of orange in the wood link nicely with the copper features throughout the design including copper unit handles, lights, kettle and accessories. The second type of units are from Beckermann’s Alaska range and are matt lacquer painted in ‘Basalt’.

The Corian worktops in ‘Linen’ are used on both the island and across the units under the windows. The lighter colour sits nicely in contrast to the darker units and feels clean and bright.

It was important to add areas of interest to create features for the space, to create the ‘wow factor’ the client was looking for. To this end we designed a boxed surround for the fridge, freezer and oven units which enabled them to be recessed. This created a feature area for the clock and includes a downlight for mood lighting.

We also added aubergine glass panel areas to the design to inject some colour and vibrancy into the room. The glass panel on the wall has floating shelving for the client to display items and there is an display niche area built into the island with the same aubergine glass panelling background.

“I’m pleased that we achieved such a striking design for our client. The pictures do not do justice to how well the grey tones, copper and aubergine colours work together. The client was extremely complimentary about the design and service they received. That’s the best feedback I could hope for!”

– Steve Clarke

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