The Slater's Family Kitchen - From Retro to Chic

Kitchen: Winchester Grey

From Retro to Chic

Lee’s 1960’s bungalow, in the suburbs of Preston, was dull and dated and required a full makeover. It has now been wholly renovated into a magnificently modern home with a sleek, stylish kitchen to match.

Homeowner, Lee Slater, purchased the bungalow as a renovation project with the goal of transforming the retro property into his dream home. Lee loved the idea of open-plan space with a kitchen that could be filled with friends. This led to him adding a sizeable extension to the rear of the property so that he could transform the boring bungalow into stylish and social space. 

The Before

Lee was a returning Magnet customer and briefed the Preston store to create a timeless yet contemporary design, similar to that of the Magnet kitchen in his previous home, which he said looked as good when he moved out as the day it was installed. He wanted a kitchen, dining and living space that would seamlessly blend into one, making for the perfect hangout spot for his friends. As well as being a great host, Lee is a passionate cook and his kitchen had to be fully equipped and up to the job. The bungalow’s original kitchen was a tired yellow and was overwhelmed with bulky appliances, a complete contrast to the new design which is both minimal and on-trend.

Owen, Lee’s designated Magnet designer, carefully considered all aspects of Lee’s lifestyle to create the kitchen of his dreams. The decision was made to remove an existing bathroom to add a 30m2 extension, running the full length of the bungalow, to the rear of property. This enabled the pair to design the open, airy layout which Lee desired. Owen suggested adding chic glass bi-folding doors to the end of the kitchen to make the room appear even larger and brighter, whilst bringing the outdoors in. The newfound space created the perfect backdrop to bring to life Lee’s fun yet functional kitchen.

"It has now been wholly renovated into a magnificently modern home with a sleek, stylish kitchen to match."

To achieve the juxtaposition of classic and contemporary, Lee opted for timeless Winchester shaker units in a modern Grey hue. The addition of textured stone-effect Finery worktops brings a touch of glamour to the design whilst creating contrast in the room. The newfound natural light from the bi-folding doors, bounces beautifully off the light, luxurious worktops. In contrast to the units, Lee opted for his door handles, sink and visible appliances in a high-shine chrome finish to add a futuristic feel to the room.

As Lee is an avid cook who loves to entertain, Owen suggested incorporating an island into the design. This eye-grabbing feature cleverly creates additional storage space, allowing Lee’s wall units to be filled with state-of-the-art Hotpoint appliances, including a fridge-freezer, induction hob and integrated ovens, to suit all of his cooking needs. A central island is also an easy way to transform a kitchen into a social hub. Lee opted to add an overhang to the design, decorated with fashionable chrome barstools, in keeping with his new appliances, to create additional seating space for friends to sit and chat. To add a unique twist to the island the design, the overhang is pillared by a useful base unit for his drinking glasses and a chrome wine cooler, to keep the drinks following at his famous parties.

The finished result

Lee said: “When I purchased my bungalow, I knew transforming the outdated kitchen would be a mammoth task, but Owen couldn’t have made the experience anymore enjoyable. He understood exactly what I wanted from the space and worked tirelessly to ensure that we created my dream fun, yet functional kitchen. I can’t wait to have all my mates come and see the new design, I’m sure they’ll love it as much as I do!

Owen, Magnet Preston’s Showroom Designer said: “For Lee, we needed to completely renovate the kitchen, living and dining area to create an open, modern space which he would be proud to show his friends. We worked closely together to turn his dull, dated kitchen into a space in which he could enjoy cooking and spending time with friends, and I believe we have created just that.”

Magnet’s expert designers, paired with its wide range of kitchen designs and installation options, allows families to transform their kitchens into whatever they desire. Whether you use your kitchen to catch up with family with over a morning coffee or to unwind with friends over a glass of wine, a Magnet makeover will ensure that your kitchen suits your family’s lifestyle.

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Kitchen Range: Winchester Grey