After many years of living in their family home, Eithne and Colin decided the time was right to extend the back of their house to create an open plan kitchen and living area that would be the social hub of their home. ‘Work on the extension started in August last year and we moved in at the end of July this year, so we had pretty much a full year of living in our front room with a fridge and a microwave! Getting into the new kitchen was just wonderful; I felt so at home in it right away. It was exactly as I pictured it!’ says Eithne.
Having spent around six months researching, using magazines and Pinterest, Eithne visited Doran Kitchens with her notebook full of ideas as soon as she had her architect’s plans in place. Dealing with designer, Eamon Doran, Eithne explained what she wanted to achieve and was instantly impressed by her designer’s can-do approach. ‘I went along to Dorans with all my ideas and told Eamon exactly what I wanted. I knew I definitely wanted a walk-in larder and separate utility room and Eamon took everything on board and was totally on my wavelength. Nothing was too much trouble; he started working on a plan from that very first consultation. It was great to see the displays and appliances in the showroom, as it gave me a good idea of what I wanted, for example getting to see the full height fridge freezer on display that I chose’.
Along with the walk-in larder and utility area, Eithne’s brief included full height cabinetry, an island and lots of concealed storage. ‘I threw all my ideas out there and decided on a colour, Farrow & Ball Drawing Room Blue that I fell in love within the showroom, and left the rest up to Eamon. After the initial consultation, he called us back to view the 3D images and drawings and told us to take our time before finalising the design. We got such a good visual from the 3D images on screen and were so delighted with Eamon’s design that there was no need to make so much as an alteration! Eamon and the team at Doran’s are fantastic to work with and made the entire experience an absolute pleasure.’
In combination with Eithne’s choice of Drawing Room Blue, Eamon suggested introducing the warm oak on the island, which has been carried through into the walk-in larder and floating shelving. It was also Eamon’s idea to create the expanse of cabinetry, which houses the larder along with the integrated refrigeration and Neff ovens. ‘I wanted the kitchen to have a really warm feel so the oak works really well with the Drawing Room Blue and I’m thrilled with the walk-in larder. You open the doors and the lights come on; it has the wow factor and is a real surprise feature I love showing people who come in for the first time. You just don’t expect it! Eamon left no stone unturned with this design, he was so accommodating and pleasant and had great ideas while still keeping my vision and helping me realise my dream kitchen.’
What was the brief? My clients wanted a well-designed kitchen with full height cabinetry to include a walk-in larder and full height integrated fridge and freezer. They knew they wanted a warm colour and chose this from a shade they admired on display in our showroom. They also knew they wanted a boiling water tap and we advised on the appliance models best suited to them. This design was the very first concept and my clients loved it as soon as they saw it.
What are the key design features? The full height cabinetry with top glazed panel with feature scribe to the ceiling is a notable design detail that really enhances the overall aesthetic. The corner sink with quartz window sill is interesting design element, along with the feature skirting plinth with recess for toe-space, allowing you to stand closer to the hob area – a great practical feature. The walk-in pantry is a great design feature and really adds another dimension to the room. We finished the interior in the same warm oak as the island, to bring the whole scheme together and create a really warm combination of finishes.
Did you supply any other furniture? As well as wanting the walk-in larder, my client wanted to incorporate a utility room into the footprint of the extension, so we designed and fitted this out. We also refurbished our clients’ existing dining table and chairs to match the kitchen finishes. They’d had this table and chairs for many years, so it was lovely to retain this and update it to complement their new scheme.