We believe that practicality is just as important as aesthetic beauty and we excel at combining both to create a working, yet stylish kitchen. Whether you want an in-frame traditional kitchen handmade in our workshop, or if your budget leans more toward a standard kitchen in sleek contemporary style, we can design, produce and fit your dream kitchen to meet your expectations of quality and style. Using our specialist 3D rendering software, you will be able to see a realistic image of your kitchen, taking the guesswork out of any decisions.
With years of experience in kitchen design, we will incorporated storage solutions and bespoke features into your kitchen to make it truly your own. Your style of cooking and habits are all taken into account to ensure you have the necessary tools to hand when cooking culinary delights in your kitchen.
Many people don’t realise they have too little storage until after they have their new kitchen fitted. Work out how much storage space you need from the very start when you working with our designers on your kitchen. Ensure you have plenty of storage space so everything is where it should be. Storage space requirements depends upon cooking, shopping habits, size of the household and lifestyle.
Drawers (as opposed to cupboards) dramatically increase storage capacity. Depending on the style of your kitchen, you can opt for timber dovetail drawers, or metal sided drawers which can include push to open mechanism for handle-less kitchen styles. Deep pan drawers are very versatile and all drawers can be kitted out with cutlery or other inserts ensuring your drawers are always tidy.
The quantity of storage is important, but also look at accessibility. A Le Mans or similar corner storage solution that allows you to pull out the contents of the cupboard allows every inch of your storage to be easily accessible. If you find wall units a bit difficult to reach, a pull down system can bring your cupboard contents down to your level.
A pull out larder unit, either at base level or full height, lets you get to the items at the back of your cupboard that would otherwise be forgotten, and can hold an impressive amount of dry goods.
Recycling, waste bins, towel racks, spice racks….. there’s a storage solution for just about anything.
It’s tempting to choose a worksurface based on current trends and aesthetics alone, but it’s important to consider all aspects including the material’s durability, maintenance when making a selection that is right for you. Your lifestyle plays an important role and it’s essential that you assess how you live, cook and entertain before settling on a worksurface that ticks all the boxes.
Mixing and matching different surfaces is a great way to achieve the ultimate functionality and desired look. Whether you are using one material on the island and another on the general kitchen – different materials will differentiate the space.
Where possible, always look at a worksurface in your home, as the space and light can affect the appearance dramatically.
These are some of the most popular options:
Granite is available in a variety of shades such as and patterns and as it is a natural product no two pieces are exactly the same. The polishing process brings out the depth of colour beautifully. Costs for granite can vary quite a lot, and is depend on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone. Besides the lovely appearance of granite, it is also very durable.
Marbles and other natural Stones
Other natural stone materials, like marble, slate and limestone, are softer than granite and needs to be used more gently. They can also be more porous, and lighter colours can stain. For this reason a certain level of maintenance is required and all stone worksurfaces must be sealed professionally from time to time. Granite worksurfaces are fabricated and fitted by our specialist suppliers.
Engineered quartz worksurfaces are man made and come in a wider variety of colours. They are generally more durable and are easier to maintain. The price of quartz is reasonably similar to granite, and as with granite, they are fabricated and fitted by our specialist suppliers.
Solid surface worksurfaces come in many colour options, and can remain seamless which means no ugly joins. Another major plus is the fact that they are more stain resistant than other surface options and scratches can be easily buffed out.
The ultra compact worksurface is made from a mixture of inorganic raw materials used to manufacture glass, porcelain and quartz. It’s lightweight, but waterproof, resistant to high temperatures, scratch resistant and stain resistant.
Timber worksurfaces are traditionally more rustic and classic in look, and can bring an element of warmth and texture into the kitchen design. Although they are easy to clean and any scratches can be sanded out, hand water can damage them quite easily, and thus timber worktops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface. The most popular timber worksurfaces are oak and walnut, and they can either have a finger stave construction, or a full stave construction, creating the look of a solid length of timber. For smaller areas a chunky end grain butcher’s block can make a great feature.
Laminate is the most economical worktop material on the market and comes in an array of colors and designs. Whilst it is durable to a certain extent, laminate can scorch if a hot pan touches the surface and has a reputation for scratching and chipping easily.
Once the sole domain of professional kitchens, stainless steel worktops are making their way into domestic kitchens more and more. Stainless steel is the ultimate surface in terms of hygiene, heat resistance and food preparation for cooking. One of the most common complaints is that stainless steel scratched easily, although the scratches will blend over time and be less obvious.
Kitchen design is not just about the aesthetics, equally important is functionality. We can help to source the right appliances to complement your kitchen and suit your lifestyle.
Our designers and network of suppliers will work with you to advise which appliances best suit your requirements and we also offer competitive trade pricing if you choose to purchase the appliances through TVW. This total solution approach ensures that the process of putting a kitchen together becomes a streamlined and stress-free experience for you.
Sinks and taps
Never underestimate the importance of choosing the correct kitchen sink and tapware.
As the starting point of the working triangle, it’s important to plan this area carefully and select kitchen sink and tap that bests suits your individual functionality and design. When making a decision durability and strength are important areas to consider depending on how you plan to use it, what your kitchen priorities are, and where the sink will be located. Here are some key factors to consider when making your choices:
The most traditional sink is made of stainless steel. If you have chosen a solid surface like granite or engineered stone, stainless steel sinks are a great option due to their undermount capabilities. Stainless steel is also the best choice in terms of durability.
Ceramic sinks come in various shapes and sizes. The classic Belfast sink is a must for a traditional kitchen, with single and double options available. There are also contemporary options available in undermount style, generally available in white or black.
There are a number of granite sinks available, these come in a larger selection of colours.
The available finishes and functionality of the humble tap have expanded greatly. The style of a tap can contribute to the overall look of the kitchen, whether it’s traditional or contemporary. Features like pull out nozzles and combination taps giving boiling and filtered water can make your everyday tasks much easier.
Why not relook your utility room while designing your kitchen? The humble utility room is often the smallest room in the house but can be packed with lots of useful features. Consider the way you do laundry. For instance, by stacking the washing machine and tumble drier, you can free up more storage. There are lots of ways to create areas to dry hanging laundry out of the way, and ironing boards can be hidden away when not needed.
By using the same cabinet style as the kitchen, you can create a seamless look, but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, a simpler complimentary style in the same colour can achieve the same effect. Worksurfaces depend on the amount of wear and tear expected in the utility room, and of course budget. We often add bespoke features for clients to suit their specific storage needs, ensuring whatever is needed is easily accessible.