The Henry Family Kitchen - Timeless & Minimalistic
Mandy’s 1960’s semi-detached house, located in West Sale, underwent a huge renovation to transform her previously dark, dingy and ‘disastrous’ kitchen. The space is now open, elegant and fully functional whilst still achieving her desired minimalistic look.
After considering the drastic measure of moving house as the downstairs of their house was so compact, the Henrys made the decision to renovate and remove several walls. This created one large, free-flowing kitchen, living and dining space.
As this isn’t their ‘forever home’, Mandy and Finlay dreamed of a kitchen which perfectly catered to their own needs, but was timeless to appeal to potential future buyers. The couple spends a lot of time in the kitchen due to their love of cooking together, so it needed to be fully equipped with up to date appliances.
Chris, Mandy’s designated Magnet designer, worked closely with the Henrys to fully understand their needs from their kitchen, both aesthetically and functionally, as well as ensuring that every inch of space would be utilised.
To really open up the room, the exterior wall was replaced with chic, glass, bi-folding doors to flood the space with natural light. This focal point seamlessly brings the outdoors in and eliminated the enclosed feeling of the previous layout. However, introducing this feature meant sacrificing a lot of unit space. This, combined with the placement of steel beams used to create the open-plan layout, restricted where units and appliances could be installed. To tackle this challenge, Chris suggested a central island which not only provided the perfect platform for Mandy and Finlay to cook their famous curry, but was a sleek way to cleverly accommodate an enough storage space.
To create her desired timeless look, Mandy opted for a Nova White kitchen, which has a classic yet modern feel and dazzles in the newly found natural light. To add some warmth and extra value to the design, real wood worktops in a dark Walnut were selected. With cut-offs from the worktop, Mandy’s expert Magnet fitter Darren, created a custom chopping board to take pride of place upon the worktops.
To inject personality into the room, a navy feature wall sits opposite the kitchen units, adorned with a mishmash of artwork and family photos, to create an interesting contrast to the minimalistic, light and clean feel of the rest of the room.
On her experience with Magnet, Mandy said, “I was apprehensive about undergoing such a large renovation, thinking that it may be easier to move home, but working with Chris and Darren made the experience a joy. We wanted a roomy and stylish space in which we could not only cook together but enjoy time with each other.
“Chris considered every aspect of our needs and I can’t fault the service we received from any of the Magnet team and couldn’t believe their flexibility when we cheekily asked for the kitchen build to start four weeks early. Our builders surprisingly finished the infrastructure weeks earlier than planned and the Magnet team sprang into action to finish our kitchen. They made eating pasta from a camping stove on the floor for two weeks totally worthwhile!”
On the Henrys’ kitchen makeover, Magnet designer Chris said, “The key to this renovation was to create an open-plan kitchen and living area whilst maximising every inch of space possible. With a few clever design tricks, such as adding maximum storage to the island when we lost corner space due to the bi-folding doors, we were able to bring Mandy and Finlay’s dream kitchen to life. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and I think together we made quite a team!”
With a team of experts and a wide variety of design and installation options, Magnet can create any family’s ideal kitchen. Whether you’re a family of five in your forever home or a couple like Mandy and Finlay who are potentially looking to sell, a kitchen renovation can truly bring a new brand-new feel to your home.