Becky and Noel heard about Gardiner Haskins through their neighbour who previously had a stunning kitchen design put together by one of our designers, Alec Yull. They spoke very highly of him which convinced Becky and Noel to get in touch. And so, through the power of word of mouth, a beautiful new kitchen came to life in a Bristol home.
Becky was a warm, chatty character. An absolute delight to be around and a real reflection of her vibrant kitchen renovation. By coincidence, her outfit matched the colour palette of the kitchen. It was clear that Becky’s personality was part of the final aesthetic.
This kitchen refit took place during the pandemic, a risky time for businesses. Becky told us that when considering a selection of kitchen designers, some wouldn’t even talk to her. However, she was incredibly impressed with the service she received from our team at Gardiner Haskins, who took the time to help with her vision. Furthermore, Becky and Noel had moved in the last few years and were doing up the house here and there. She boasted that the kitchen process alone was “completely stress-free".
The colour scheme Becky opted for is a cool, matt blend of navy blue, pale grey, and candyfloss pink. She mentioned the painter recommended choosing pink for the walls which really ties the room together. The shades occupy a shaker style of kitchen by English Rose, featuring bright white countertops and a large double sink.
For storage of their dry foods, Becky and Noel went with a spacious, built-in pantry by Mackintosh kitchens. Once opened, it reveals a gorgeous interior of solid oak shelves, fashioned with wicker and wooden baskets which slot satisfyingly into the spaces provided. Conveniently, all the family’s dry food can fit behind those double doors, leaving room in the other cabinets for kitchen wear.
“It’s the most amazing cupboard I’ve ever had.”
Becky has multiple favourite features of her new kitchen. The first is the built-in bin unit on the kitchen island which includes the recycling, general and food waste. She giggled while explaining how she enjoys chopping food on the worktop then being able to open the bin and slide the rubbish inside, removing the mess with minimal effort. Her second favourite feature is the tall standing freezer appliance by Neff with big, spacious draws to store plenty of food.
The Bristol couple really felt as though they were in safe hands with our designer Alec. Becky explained he was clearly educated on people’s lifestyles and how various aspects of a kitchen could benefit a particular family. For example, Alec suggested a certain dishwasher because it’s very quiet when in use. This is ideal for their open plan space to prevent noise disrupting the television. What’s more, a Quooker tap was recommended by not only Alec, but the fitters too. After debating this, Noel gave in and said “let’s get the tap” and its turned out to be well worth the money and a brilliant feature within their kitchen.
“Alec knows everything there is to know about kitchens.”
Despite the newness of the kitchen, Becky achieved the traditional look she was going for. The Smeg range cooker is striking in black and gives a classic feel. Originally, Becky asked for a gas stove, however, Alec introduced her and Noel to the induction hob and they were swept away by the technology. The safety aspects are also a bonus for anyone with young children. Sitting comfortably between the hob and the cooker hood is a stunning set of patchwork tiles on the wall.
Becky and Noel opted for hanging lights by Lumination which are suspended on long wires above the central kitchen island. When switched on, the lights cast abstract shadows onto the ceiling and give off a warm, ambient glow. Undercabinet kitchen lighting has also been installed in the corner to brighten the work surface below.
Overall, Becky loves what she has accomplished with their new open plan kitchen layout. It creates a more social environment which is ideal for summer when they start having friends round. Even though her and Noel struggled to envision how the completed kitchen would look when they embarked on their new kitchen journey, the artist’s impression Alec put together for them was “bang on” when compared to the final project. They said the kitchen is of excellent quality and have since recommended Gardiner Haskins to lots of people.
To upgrade your kitchen and fill your friends with envy, book your free planning and design consultation at Gardiner Haskins Interiors kitchen showrooms or call us on 01179 292288.
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