Stoke Newington, London

Location
Stoke Newington, London
Materials
Formica on birch ply
What did I make?
Secure platform for the island
Under panel incorporating led lighting
Formica doors and drawer fronts with integral handles
What would I charge for a similar project?
£5800.00
Acknowledgements
This property was featured in the December 2017 edition of Good Homes Magazine.

The Story

This couple were having an extension built on the back of their Victorian terrace. With a small boy they wanted a kitchen that was resilient and easy to clean. Formica on ply was therefore an easy choice. They liked bright colours, but already had an orange Formica table, so decided that blue and white was bright enough without going a bit over the top.

Having thought about it a lot, they had a layout that was nearly decided by the time they came to see me, so it was matter of deciding details such as handle size and location. For this kitchen, the handle inserts are Formica to minimise the range of materials.

The island worktop was to be rounded on one corner where there was expected to be a lot of people passing by. I picked up on this by making the end panels different widths. This, together with the extra thickness, lets the end panels really look as if they are supporting the worktop.
There was a debate about where to put the microwave. I realised that there was space for this inside the left hand tall unit, underneath the boiler. This is opened with a push catch, thus keeping all the handles below the worktop.

There is an under panel beneath the wall units, fitted with LED lights. The island sits on a purpose made plywood base, secured to the floor.