Getting design details and product choices spot on is key to the success of any kitchen remodel, according to a recent article in Grand Designs magazine. The feature, “Sinks and Taps Guide”, features an expert advice column written by James Mors, Creative Director at Clear Architects.
The article, which was published in the August issue of the magazine, is filled with practical hints and inspiring ideas on how installing the right hardware can transform your home’s kitchen into a luxurious culinary zone.
Universal design strategy
James advises readers on how important it is to take a holistic approach to the design of your kitchen. For example, it’s vital to consider how the sink will integrate with the rest of the room if you want to achieve your dream space.
James says: “Compare the benefits of a double bowl or single version. For instance, a double can be handy as you can stack or wash dirty plates in one bowl and use the other for draining, which limits worktop clutter. A single sink, however, maximises the amount of work surface area.”
According to James, specifying the right material for your worktop is a crucial part of the design process. “The worksurface you chose will influence which type of sink you specify,” he says.
“For instance, if you have a Formica worksurface with exposed birch-ply edging, an undermounted sink or a Belfast sink may not be a good option. Sealing the edging will prove difficult, which could limit the lifespan of your surface. Choosing a top-mount sink avoids this problem.”
“Design details matter, too. If the waste trap beneath the sink is exposed, make sure it matches the top for a co-ordinated effect.”
Set your theme
Take your time when it comes to planning the decorative scheme. The products you choose for the kitchen should always harmonize beautifully with the overall look of the space, according to James.
He says: “Ensure there is a complementary relationship between your choice of sink and the room’s interior design. For example, a concrete design is ideal for an industrial scheme.”
Clean lines and sleek, high-quality products are at the heart of any successful kitchen-diner scheme. For example, Clear Architects’ Hill Road project is home to a gorgeous modern kitchen, complete with elegant handleless cabinetry and slim windows that flood the space with light.
Ducketts Mead, a refurbishment and extension project by Clear Architects, offers another example of an inspiring culinary zone. The practice designed a single-storey extension to house a new kitchen-diner on the ground floor, which has revolutionised how the homeowners use the space.