After extensive building work was completed at their home in Worrall, Sue and John Wilson decided to have the kitchen of their dreams installed - but it had to be a blend of modern and traditional styles. "I've always admired tradtional, country-cottage kitchens", says Sue, "but I also like ultra-modern ones. The perfect kitchen for me features both styles, but I didn't think this was possible until we contacted Sheffield Kitchen Outlet (SKO)."
The Wilsons' four-bedroomed home was originally a bungalow, but in a building project that lasted 12 months they added another storey to the property, and created space for abigger kitchen/dining area by removing two partition walls. This turned three small rooms into one large one - 34ft long, by 10ft wide. Sue and John asked friends who they would recommend to do the work, and several of them said they had been impressed by Sheffield Kitchen Outlet.
John says: "When we visited SKO's showroom we liked the quality of kitchens on display, the reasonable prices, and the personable staff. There was no sales pressure whatsoever." Sue and John discussed their ideas with Keith Viney, one of the designers at SKO, who gave them many helpful ideas.
"The designs were fantastic," says John. "Keith understood what we wanted - and he even managed to incorporate a breakfast bar without making the kitchen look crowded." Sue had seen a traditional dresser in one of SKO's brochures, and Keith included it in the dining area of the new kitchen, thus achieving the blend of old and new that the Wilsons wanted. (The dresser is pictured below).
The central island and work surfaces are topped with sparkly quartz, which Keith extended partway up the walls to form easy-clean splashbacks. He also placed granite on the windowsills. The units - all made in SKO's factory - are rounded in shape, and painted in a colour called Snowdrop, which blends with the English Blue colour of the dresser and central island units. These shades contrast nicely with the plumb-coloured walls. As well as inset ceiling lights, three stylish lamps provide extra illumination for the island. There is a tap for instant boiling water, a modern range cooker, a wine-cooler and integrated appliances.
Says Sue: "The kitchen is exactly what we wanted. Everyone at SKO was a pleasure to work with, and the fitter, Wayne Rayworth, was fantastic. They listened to us, and really cared about the service they provided."