Beech House Kitchen, Buckhurst Hill

With a cool, crisp colour palette and stainless steel appliances throughout, this contemporary H|M kitchen suits this smart family home in Buckhurst Hill perfectly. As with all our projects, the starting point for the design was function first so zoning the food preparation, cooking, dining and clearing away areas was critical to the success of the space.

As you walk into the kitchen your eye is immediately drawn across the island towards the false chimney with its contemporary overmantel that gives the room a definitive focal point. Either side of the chimney are countertop cupboards with pull out pot cupboards below.

The Wolf range cooker has a teppanyaki plate with six gas burners and the clients added the bake stone which is used for baking bread and for cooking pizzas and flatbreads. The Westin extraction housed in the false chimney is a bespoke H|M design that we specify for this type of range cooker. The left hand side single countertop cupboard is used as a baking cupboard and is used to house the KitchenAid mixer with baking ingredients conveniently stored above. The right hand side double countertop cupboard is used as a hot drinks cupboard with the coffee machine positioned conveniently on the countertop and cups, mugs and tea and coffee essentials stored above.

The main sink run has the white enamelled Kohler Deerfield smart divide sink and Quooker Stainless Steel Nordic Square Twin Taps. The Miele integrated dishwasher is located to the right hand side of the sink run with the Eurocargo pull out bin is behind on the island. Storage space under the sink is perfect for keeping cleaning products while door racks make it easy to pick everyday items like dishwasher tablets quickly and with little fuss.

Adjacent to the sink run is a run of tall Spenlow cabinetry encompassing the day pantry, Sub-Zero refrigerator and crockery cupboard. The Sub-Zero under-counter wine storage is positioned at the end of the island towards the seating area and crockery cupboard so wine and champagne can be easily served away from the main cooking and food prep areas.

The large kitchen island has been kept deliberately clear as the clients wanted to the overall space to feel calm and uncluttered with plenty of food prep space as well as a place for two to sit and eat. The island side closest to the bi-fold doors has six large Spenlow drawers which provide masses of additional storage for the kitchen.

The contemporary look and feel of the Spenlow cabinetry suits this space really well particularly when paired with the polished nickel Quilp handles. Cabinetry interiors are finished in H|M American Walnut which balances the coolness of the grey colour palette. The perimeter cabinetry is finished in H|M Tailored Grey while the island is painted in H|M Farthing II.

The Earl Grey limestone flooring with underfloor heating throughout gives a natural feel to the kitchen and is available from the H|M Stone Library.