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Making the most of compact spaces

 29/08/2019      Kube News

Intelligent kitchen design must consider several aspects. Storage, seating, appliance choice and location, workflow (for meal prep and clean-up) and of course, looks that fit with the architecture, location, and personal taste. When we consider these facets and account for a customers household composition and lifestyle, we can develop a kitchen design that will delight them for a lifetime. The challenge comes when fitting all of these elements into a pre-existing space, especially if it is a compact. Here we look at a kitchen that employes clever design techniques meet a customer brief.

A challenge that we see frequently is to put spectacular kitchens into smaller rooms. This client wanted to include an island with seating for three in their kitchen. They had a unique open space with a full-height feature window that follows the pitch of the roof. The window sits on top of bi-folding doors that, when open, incorporates the kitchen into the spacious outdoor area. The mandate then became to create a kitchen that would function well when the doors were opened or closed. By maintaining the correct working distances with the surrounding units, we were able to design an island that included an induction cooktop and a breakfast bar with seating for three.

The kitchen is from the Leicht Sirius-C range in Arctic White Gloss. The finish choice makes for a clean, sleek kitchen that looks uncluttered and keeps the kitchen bright. To add warmth, the breakfast bar is finished in Limes Oak with matching wall panels, giving the kitchen a homely quality. The Dekton Aura Ceramic Worktops complete the look of the kitchen. The work surfaces are incredibly durable and easy to maintain, in addition to being stunning.

By really understanding a customer's needs and how they will use their kitchen, Kube kitchen designers can assist in building a kitchen that is ideal for the household.

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 12/08/2019      Kube News

Meet the new display in Kube's Leigh on Sea showroom.

Designed to be the centrepiece of the Leigh on Sea showroom, this kitchen is on point overflowing with contemporary design innovations. The materials used in creating this kitchen all have a palpable aspect which brings a new sensory dimension to the home. The combination of high-quality, genuine materials conveys a luxurious quality. The Kube Portland door, a hand- finished, real cement surface in Anthracite Grey, offers a unique tactile experience that radiates strength and reliability. Finely grained real wood fronts, on the island and wall-units, offset the modern appearance providing a homely atmosphere for an all-day kitchen that would quickly become the centre of life in the home. The use of marble effect quartz in two different colours creates an added layer detail on the work surfaces. We used Ceaserstone Quartz in Piatra Grey on the island. The island is custom-designed with a cutout that can be used as a fresh herb garden. Alternatively, fill it with ice and champagne for a stunning soirée showstopper. The prep and cleanup area is set to the back of the kitchen, keeping clutter from view. Caesarstone in Empira White Quartz is used in the prep area, maintaining a bright space for tasks. The Duality of the worksurfaces is such that the grain in each matches the predominant colour of the other.

The Appliances we selected for this kitchen reflect the quality of lifestyle we strive to achieve for our customers. The ovens, by De Dietrich, include a combi-oven with built-in microwave and a warming drawer. A Bora Classic 2.0 two ring induction hob with stainless steel teppanyaki grill is flush-mounted into the island. The integrated downdraft extraction in the hob keeps the room free of steam and cooking odours without the need for a bulky overhead fan. By utilising built-in extraction, we can open up both lines of sight in the kitchen and design possibilities not available when an overhead extraction unit is required. The kitchen is complete with an integrated dishwasher, larder fridge & larder freezer from Siemens. Kube emotion lighting runs throughout allowing control over the brightness and colour temperature of the room at the touch of a button.

This kitchen is a must-see if you are planning a new kitchen for your home. Visit us in Leigh on Sea or our showroom in Upminster and let Kube guide you to a kitchen that is perfect for your household. If visiting a showroom, be sure to book a design consultation.

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Connecting opposing ideas in kitchen design.

 26/07/2019      Kube News

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." We posit that a hallmark of intelligent kitchen design is that ability to incorporate seemingly opposing concepts into a kitchen. This way, we can achieve both the looks and functionality that our customers require for a high standard of living, combine into their ideal kitchen.

For an excellent example of this juxtaposition, we look at a recently completed Kube customer kitchen. There were several details on the checklist for this kitchen, often seeming to contradict each other. For instance, the customer wanted an extremely functional kitchen but with a minimalist, neutral look. Located in an open-plan space, along with the dining and living areas, the kitchen needed to have an understated character. We eagerly took on the challenge of creating a working family kitchen that would not have a utilitarian appearance.

Let's look at some of the design ideas that were employed to fulfil the brief. We started with contemporary, handle-less doors from the Leicht Ceres-C range in Merino Matt. The Neutral colour keeps the kitchen from drawing the eye, while the handle-less fronts complement the living areas while maintaining the storage functionality of kitchen presses. The Breakfast bar from Leicht is Noyer, a variation of walnut, that adds warmth and a cosy feel. The raised breakfast bar creates a design feature, shielding the mechanics of the kitchen from view, from the dining/lounge areas. The worktop is Silestone in Blanco Zeus which ties all of the finishes together.

Appliance selections also had a profound effect on realising the look. Using a Bora induction hob with built-in, downdraft extraction eliminates the need for a bulky overhead fan unit and opens lines of sight to the other areas of the room. A Quooker instant hot water tap is a practical addition and eliminates the need for a kettle sitting out on the countertop.

These are just a few examples of design techniques utilised to deliver the perfect kitchen for our client. To talk about your kitchen design needs drop into one of our showrooms in Upminster or Leigh On Sea.

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Introducing Modern living in a Victorian refurbishment.

 12/07/2019      Kube News

This project was part of the renovation of a captivating period property. The home is an elegant representation of architecture built for the gentry at the end of the Victorian era. Since the extension to the house has a contemporary character, this presented the challenge of designing a kitchen that would complement both the classic and modern styles.

To reflect the characteristics of the construction, we used Platinum from the Leicht Ceres-C Range accompanied by a hand finished concrete surface in Brasilia on the island from the Concrete-C range. A breakfast bar in Limes Oak with matching cladding on the front is reminiscent of a timeless fashion that draws everything together. The worktops are Dekton Keon, which radiates a naturalness that is appropriate for modern environments. Its broad colour range is airy, and its brightness enhances the natural light that is carried into the room via the large windows at the rear.

The majority of the appliances are from Siemens, underpinning a modern functionality and practicality. A larder refrigerator and freezer are integrated into the tall presses adjoining a glass-fronted wine fridge. Concealed by a pair of disappearing pocket doors, the double ovens with warming drawers are revealed for meal prep. The sink is equipped with a Quooker instant hot water tap. The Bora hob with built-in extraction eliminates the need for a noisy, bulky overhead extraction unit and facilitates the open shelving in a matching Platinum finish.

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Best of Houzz Winner 2019

 14/02/2019      Kube News

We are thrilled to announce that Kube Kitchens has won “The Best Of Houzz Design and Customer Service” awards for the second year running in 2019. Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design. The awards are chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users of Houzz, which is comprised of more than 2.1 million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Kube’s design work was some of the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz and the Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews Kube received in 2018.