“From our first meeting, Kate was welcoming, understanding and listed to all of our requirements and expectations, incorporating our information into her kitchen designs. She is very knowledgeable of all the products sold at Sanctuary and has a wonderful flare for colour and texture combinations. Most importantly, from a woman’s perspective, she has given us a beautiful, very practical kitchen layout that looks unique, stunning and is extremely easy to keep clean! Just what I wanted."
"We had used Sanctuary Bathrooms and were so pleased with the service that we wanted to use the same company again. We were 100% happy with the result and would definitely recommend Sanctuary Kitchens to our friends."
"Kate was professional and flexible and the design of the kitchen she created was perfect and we love the product. The kitchen has transformed our house!"
“I didn’t want the kitchen to be too ‘obvious’. Rather than banks of wall units, I wanted the cabinetry to be a run of tall, painted Shaker-style cupboards, with plenty of storage. It needed to be a socialable space with furniture, rather than typical kitchen units, and I didn’t like the idea of huge lengths of worktops either.” “The designer Kate knew exactly what I was looking for, and within two hours I had chosen everything.” “The new layout has made the ground-floor space work much better. It seems natural to have the kitchen at the front, with the living room opening up to the garden at the back.”
“I don’t think a contemporary design would have worked here. Talking to Kate is what really sold it to the family.” The client knew Kate would be able to come up with a design that would not only fulfil her brief, but which would also really enhance the oak interior, with painted units, a big island and lots of tall cabinetry to fit in between the oak beams, rather than rows of base and wall units. “This was such an interesting kitchen to work on”, explains Kate. “The addition of the barn-style extension to the existing house required some bespoke design to marry the structure of the building to the cabinetry. It was important to check and confirm levels at each stage of the build, so that the furniture we created would have a perfect fit.”
“Kate instantly understood what we were aiming for.” Wood effect ceramic tiles were chosen in muted grey tones to add texture to the simplicity and understated colour scheme. “I didn’t want the look to be too stark, but the floor links all the other elements and pulls the whole look together.”
“I originally wanted Shaker-style units to suite the age of the house, but we were bowled over by a modern handle-less design and that was the starting point of the whole scheme”. The clients opted for a bright, bold accent colour to give a fresh contemporary feel. “I was keen to include a colour that’s popular in Japanese culture, so I went for a deep yellow”. “You get what you pay for. Working with an experienced building company and interior designer ensured the job ran smoothly and didn’t go over budget.”
The clients had been looking at design using concrete but it was working out far too expensive. However, Kate suggested a matt-grey handleless design that had the industrial look they were trying to achieve.
“We wanted an adaptable room where we could spend time as a family, we also wanted it to be an informal space for entertaining”. The clients met up with Kate and between them they agreed plans for a simple shaker-style scheme. The clients didn’t have a separate utility room, so a spacious cupboard was designed to house the boiler and washing machine next to their existing fridge-freezer, while a large island dominated the centre, becoming the hub of the home.