Blog 21.02.18

A Designer's Perspective

Dorans Kitchen & Home recently took on a huge project in Belfast, the main aim was to transform what was a poor design with pine doors, to a classic custom crafted creation.  Our Designer, Michael Browne, was the co-ordinator in this job and he has offered an insight into how he executed his plan with great efficiency.

Did this client have a very specific brief?

Yes, Maura and Gerry wanted to achieve ‘the wow factor’ with their new kitchen, but they were happy to give me a free reign to establish an overall look, style and layout, based on designs, colours and finishes they were drawn to in our showroom.  The main priority was for a modern up-to-date look with a more usable work surface area and a spacious island with practical dining space.  Their previous kitchen had a small table and chairs and no island so they were keen to create a large feature island with a dining area as the central focus of the room.

As well as designing the kitchen, please give an insight into the structural work the company also got involved in?

The original kitchen was spacious so the footprint has remained the same.  We managed everything from concept to completion, which included electrical work, plastering, flooring, coving and advising on colour schemes, as well as designing and crafting the kitchen cabinetry, ceiling bulkhead, dining table and booth seating.  I would recommend all of our followers to view our time-lapse video (available to view below), to get a closer insight to the transformation of this room.  It was an amazing before and after project.

What did our clients want to improve from their previous kitchen?

The old kitchen was very dated and had a very poor provision of worktop space.  Although, the room has generous proportions, the previous layout just didn’t work.  There was a lot of wasted space with a disproportionately small eating area.  Our clients wanted, not only a much more practical layout, but also a much more modern look with an inviting layout for family living.  The new scheme was designed to suit the proportions of the space, and looks dramatically different from what was there before.



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