All in the detail - creating the perfect bespoke kitchen

Most property advisers agree that the kitchen is the most important room in the house when it comes to adding value to a property.

When we renovated our house a couple of years ago we found it the most difficult room to get right. In the end we were delighted with the results, but it involved a lot of planning and hard work. My advice to anyone about to embark on a similar project would be. "Don't underestimate the importance of getting all the little details right."

The general consensus seems to be that you should spend at least 5% of what your property is worth on your kitchen. A well designed and installed kitchen can however add up to 15% to the value of the property when you come to sell.

This beautiful kitchen in a former Victorian mill in London's Old Street was designed by luxury interiors company Increation. The brief was to create a perfect space for both entertaining and cooking. The homeowner is a budding chef and wanted an open cooking space that felt comfortable but also had the wow factor. One of the key requirements was that the space should provide somewhere for bottle opening and nibbling to happen comfortably so that the guests wouldn't feel separated from their host whilst food preparations were underway.

The central workspace was elevated to create a stunning island, perfect for preparing and enjoying cocktails. Bespoke Macassar ebony-veneered units and amethyst cupboards and splash back were used to create a 'wow' factor and add real vibrancy to the space.

The more minimalist kitchen below, also by Increation, is located within a London Docklands wharf conversion. Practicality, light and the ability to socialise separately and comfortably were key aspects of the brief. The homeowner wanted an intelligent, clean design that provided function over feature.

The exposed brickwork in the dining space provides a sharp textural contrast to the sleek, white cabinets in the kitchen area and references the home's riverside industrial context.

Increation advise that when planning your kitchen you should imagine every detail - from the lighting, the flooring and the appliances to where your favourite things will go and how you will use the space. The company prides itself on understanding how every detail needs to be thought about to create the perfect room. "We look at everything, from how many pans you have, to where your children sit to do their homework or where you read the morning paper." They then work to create bespoke kitchens designed around how the client lives.

You probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen. It may even be the area of your home that you use more than any other - whether for cooking, eating, relaxing with family members of entertaining guests. It's also one of the most functional spaces in the house. It's important to get all those appliances and work areas in the right place as well as ensuring that everything 'flows' and feels accessible. Precision planning and quality installation really are the key. Get it right and you won't regret the outlay of time, effort and money involved in creating your perfect space.

in association with Increation

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