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A dog and a Ducati…

We love a challenge! So when Mr Wheddon and Ms Stephenson came in to our Solihull showroom with their architects plans for a large kitchen/diner extension and a specific request that the design allows room for a Ducati motorbike and their dog, we were well and truly interested!

In the past we’ve had requests to make space for a family of cats, a budgerigar, talking parrots and of course dog baskets but this was the first request for a motorbike in the kitchen. It wasn’t just any motorbike though, it’s a super rare and limited edition Ducati 996 SPS, one of only a handful in the country.


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Mr Wheddon and Ms Stephenson wanted to achieve a timeless, simple elegance in the space and were keen for the kitchen to effortlessly flow from the existing part of the house to the new extension, to create a truly open plan kitchen dining area. The kitchen designer, Nick Millar, achieved this by designing a beautiful surround for the bank of tall housings, which created a focal point and balance between the two spaces and the different ceiling heights.


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The central island continued the flow between the two areas and has become the multi-functional hub of the home. The clients enjoy entertaining and the island is a perfect area for everyone to get together with a glass of wine, so being in easy reach of the Siemens wine cabinet was a must. The island also serves as a casual seating area for 4, and the dog’s new favourite place to sit.


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An easy place to prepare food was also an essential for the kitchen (after the Ducati and the dog!) and the island came in to it’s own, providing lots of space for food prep and in easy reach of the full height Siemens integrated fridge and freezer in the bank of tall housings and the beautiful LaCanche range cooker. With 2 sinks in the island and a Quooker Fusion boiling water tap on hand it created the perfect working space.


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For the colour scheme and choice of materials and textures we wanted to create a timeless, simple elegance. We stuck to one colour palette to ensure simplicity, using neutrals and blues which created a wonderful calm aesthetic. The LaCanche range cooker is a real focal point in Delft Blue, which complimented the glazed doors of the bespoke glass display unit and the deep blue frame for the tall housings. To maintain the simple aesthetic and clean design we suggested a handleless door from our Futura Collection, in painted gloss Pergamon, with Silestone Quartz worktops in Blanco Stellar to compliment the colour scheme.




For more inspiration have a look at our recent projects here. To speak to us about your next project, get in touch, pop in to one of our showrooms or call us on 01527 66740 and we will be happy to help. Unique requests welcome.

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