From Pillar to Boost by cuiliqing


									Chunky Silestone has been used to great effect in
Mike and Wendy’s beech-style laminate scheme,
wrapping around the island that divides the room.
This large unit incorporates a supporting pillar
remaining from their garage and also includes their
gas hob, a slim wine rack and copious storage space

                                                      From pillar
                                                      to boast
                                                      An expansive island has turned an awkwardly
                                                      positioned post in Mike and Wendy’s two-tone
                                                      kitchen into a smart contemporary feature
                                                                                                                            Handily positioned to                                                                       The majority of the
            een to get away from a traditional look,                                                                   one side of the sinks, the                                                                       kitchen storage consists

            Mike Hayhurst and Wendy Martin’s new                                                                       double DishDrawer dishwasher                                                             of drawers. All of them can
            design was planned to look as little like a                                                                      is perfect for a busy family                                                       be pulled out fully and have a
            kitchen as possible. ‘Rather than simply
                                                                                           The island                     kitchen and was one of Mike                                                           soft-close mechanism to prevent
somewhere to cook, we wanted a space where we could                                     functions really                        and Wendy’s must-have                                                           the contents from being jolted.
spend time with our children, Olivia, four, and Isobel,                                                                   appliances. The Blanco Capri                                                          These island drawers also
one,’ explains Mike, an events and conference designer.
                                                                                        well because                             worktop extends down                                                           have a clever two-tier interior
   Mike and partner Wendy, who works in marketing,                                      when we’re                                the side, reflecting the                                                       to make the most of the space.
had moved across the road to a slightly larger house in                                                               wraparound styling of the island.                                                         Walls painted in Pure Brilliant
Wokingham. The kitchen was narrow but knocking
                                                                     cooking we can chat to friends or                   As the dishwasher is not fully                                                         White by Crown maximise the
                                                                     watch TV as well. It also disguises  ‘

through one of the two adjacent garages would provide                                                                     integrated, In-toto supplied a                                                        light, contemporary feel of the
the family with plenty of extra space. After finding a                                                                   stainless-steel plinth to match                                                         pale wood-effect laminate units
builder to carry out the alterations, they began the hunt
                                                                      the pillar so effectively that we              the rest of the scheme’s furniture                                                         while American Black walnut
for a kitchen company. ‘We looked in In-toto’s window                      don’t really notice it                                                                                                               floorboards sourced from
as we were walking past and saw just what we wanted                                                                                                                                                             Completely Flooring add texture
                                                                                          MIKE HAYHURST
– pale wood-effect cabinetry topped with creamy
speckled worksurfaces. It was sleek and practical, yet it
didn’t look like a typical kitchen,’ smiles Mike.
   To minimise the impact caused by the floor-to-ceiling
supporting pillar they had to retain, In-toto’s designer,
Laurie McGlone, incorporated it into an island. The
working area of the kitchen was positioned to one side,             An existing alcove proved

                                                                                                              The units are sleek                           and practical, yet it doesn’t look like a typical kitchen
freeing up the remainder of the room for a table. ‘If we’d          to be exactly the right size
removed the pillar, we’d have lost too much ceiling          for the Maytag fridge freezer and
height,’ says Mike. ‘By wrapping the island around it,       surrounding storage. The deep
we’ve made it into a feature rather than a problem.’         freezer drawer and double fridge
   With the kitchen transformation completed, the            doors, which open out fully, help
family enjoy spending time in their new open-plan            to maintain the symmetry of the
scheme. ‘It’s made such a difference to the whole            room. A touch of colour is added
house,’ says Mike. ‘It was well worth losing
a garage to gain a fantastic room like this.’     BK         to the kitchen by the island
                                                             extractor that has a decorative
                                                             blue LED strip around the edge
                                                           THE KITCHEN FILE
        The cream Silestone worktops the couple
     opted for are ideally suited to a busy kitchen
         being both durable and easy to clean. Wendy’s
    round end-grain rubberwood chopping board, which       DESIGN & CABINETRY
            sits on top of the island, came from Typhoon   ●   Laurie McGlone at In-toto Kitchens, 23 Peach
                                                               Street, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1XJ
                                                               (0118 977 2856)
                                                           ●   Ligno Bronze laminate cabinetry
   Mike and Wendy chose an
   Eastern European oak table                              WORKTOPS
                                                           ●   Blanco Capri Silestone. Price per sq m         £700
   from The Station Furniture
   Company to finish off their                              SINKS & TAP
                                                           ●   2 x BlancoZerox 340-U undermounted
   cool wooden scheme. Its                                     single-bowl box sinks in stainless steel,
                                                               Blanco, each                                   £445
   angles echo the wraparound                              ●   BlancoTube Rinse 2600 single-lever
   feel of the worksurfaces while                              monobloc mixer tap with pull-out rinse
                                                               in stainless steel, Blanco                     £400
   leather upholstered chairs
   from John Lewis add contrast.                           APPLIANCES (shown)
                                                               2 x H4250B built-in ovens, Miele, each       £1,300
   ‘We usually eat at this table                           ●
                                                           ●   M8261 built-in combination microwave,
   now and rarely use our dining                               Miele                                          £890
                                                               KM371G five-burner, gas-on-glass hob,
   room any more,’ smiles Mike                             ●
                                                               Miele                                        £1,250
                                                           ●   DA270-4 island extractor hood, Miele         £2,210
                                                           ●   CVA4080 built-in coffee machine, Miele       £2,175
                                                           ●   2 x EGW4060-14 built-in warming drawers,
                                                               Miele, each                                    £550
                                                           ●   SOV026TB Trilogy American fridge
                                                               freezer, Maytag                              £1,669
                                                           ●   DD603HSS double DishDrawer dishwasher,
                                                               Fisher & Paykel                                £651

                                                           ☎     For stockists, see page 153


                                                                         COFFEE MACHINE
                                                                                                                     FEATURE ANNABELLE GRUNDY PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN POOLE


                                                                             WINE RACK

                                                                          FRIDGE FREEZER

                                                           GUIDE PRICE
                                                           ●   Starting price for an
                                                               In-toto Kitchens design                     £16,000

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