Llantwit Major on the coast of South Wales is a popular area for country cottages and traditional design. Contemporary kitchens are not seen as the norm in the area. But that could be about to change, especially once people get to see this fantastic contemporary Schuller kitchen.
Mr and Mrs Witherspoon of Llantwit Major came to me via a recommendation. They were close to completing a major home extension and had already been to visit other local kitchen suppliers. However, up to that point, they really hadn’t been inspired. The designs they had been offered ranged from the bizarre to the ridiculous. The quality of the furniture they were being offered was mediocre at best and they were unhappy with the service they were getting. Devoid of other options, they had reached the point of ‘settling’ before we met. I was therefore delighted to meet them and get the chance deliver a solution they were happy with. It was also a great chance to challenge myself against the established kitchen companies.
The kitchen extension was a garage conversion. It offered a challenge because of its ‘L’ shaped layout and supporting pillars, which could have spoiled the flow of the design. However, never one to be deterred, I took on the challenge and presented a number of options. A contemporary style was part of the original brief and the Schuller range was the perfect choice. The handleless construction of Schuller’s Nova range helped to create a minimalist look that opened up the space. The handled alternative would have cluttered the walkway through to the cooking area. This option created an open route that offered great storage without feeling claustrophobic.
The cabinets were installed in just over a week. There were several challenges encountered by the installation team. This included a serious deviation in the new floor level that required skilful modifications to the furniture. Hardwood templates were then created in order to create the bespoke Silestone worktops. These were taken away and the tops were constructed off site over the following week.
The whole process took two an a half weeks and the finished kitchen was signed off by a delighted Mr and Mrs Witherspoon 2 months after we first met. I am really happy with this design. It was challenging, there’s no doubt about that. The installation was hampered by a delay on the extension build and some issues with the Caple and Elica appliances also hindered progress. But we got there and it was a great team effort that showed a determination to put the client first and give them a fantastic result.
This contemporary Shuller kitchen is from the Nova range. The colour is a combination of champagne gloss and mountain larch grain effect, complemented with Silestone ‘Blanco City’ worktops and Caple appliances. If you love this kitchen and are interested in having a contemporary Schuller kitchen in your home, please contact me now. I would love to help you.
I must thank Gareth Blunt from South Wales Property Photography for the final images.
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