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classikon
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203 posts since 2/2/14

28 Sep 2016 18:58
Modernica planters are nice

http://www.scp.co.uk/collections/modernica-planter-collection

Pity SCP only carry a limited selection. Think they're the only UK stockists
joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

29 Sep 2016 15:06
I'm having my flat refurb-ed and looking for some advice about one section.
So I'm having new stairs but into my attic room, a new bathroom and having 2 walls taken down to make the living room and kitchen open plan. Also having new kitchen installed on the opposite wall. I haven't decided the exact kitchen but going for a modern scandi simple style so will get a white modern kitchen and wooden worktop.

The issue I have is, the side of the wall my kitchen will be on, perpendicular to it there is a window which is very close to the wall. Essentially its only 20 cms from the wall where it starts and it starts low, so if I were to put a kitchen cabinet plush to that wall, at say 60cms, the majority of it would be over the window.
I'm looking for inspiration to what to do here..
I'm thinking of either leaving a gap by the window and putting something with little depth there, maybe a wine cabinet, but it still may look weird if theres a wine cabinet then directly next to it it sticks out and the kitchen starts.

anyone have an idea what I'm banging on about and a way to use the space efficiently ?
Paulie
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767 posts since 10/5/11

29 Sep 2016 15:13
joeyjojo wrote: I'm having my flat refurb-ed and looking for some advice about one section.
So I'm having new stairs but into my attic room, a new bathroom and having 2 walls taken down to make the living room and kitchen open plan. Also having new kitchen installed on the opposite wall. I haven't decided the exact kitchen but going for a modern scandi simple style so will get a white modern kitchen and wooden worktop.

The issue I have is, the side of the wall my kitchen will be on, perpendicular to it there is a window which is very close to the wall. Essentially its only 20 cms from the wall where it starts and it starts low, so if I were to put a kitchen cabinet plush to that wall, at say 60cms, the majority of it would be over the window.
I'm looking for inspiration to what to do here..
I'm thinking of either leaving a gap by the window and putting something with little depth there, maybe a wine cabinet, but it still may look weird if theres a wine cabinet then directly next to it it sticks out and the kitchen starts.

anyone have an idea what I'm banging on about and a way to use the space efficiently ?

Got an idea in my head of what you mean.

Wine rack would usually be full depth of a unit anyway so doesn't really change anything. Could be ripped down of course but like you said would look a bit daft.

What about a curved wall unit without a door. Could use the shelves but keep stuff set back allowing the light from the window to still come in.

If I've pictured what you described correctly though I would just start the wall units a bit further in from the wall and try and nick some storage elsewhere.
joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

29 Sep 2016 15:17
Yeah I agree but even if I leave 30 cms say I dunno what to put there. It's open plan too so don't want things lying around like dyson, ladder, iron etc
MoB
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37225 posts since 31/8/04

posted 29 Sep 2016 16:54, edited 29 Sep 2016 16:54
RIP AGB as it was Cry
seenmy
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6662 posts since 17/6/06

29 Sep 2016 17:03
assuming no option to move the window or change its size? if its possible and you having that much additional work done in the space would make most sense and then you can maximise the kitchens space.
joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

29 Sep 2016 17:17
^^^ looked into it fam but way too costly. It's an old Victorian proper wooden window on the third floor
bill
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4930 posts since 5/8/09

posted 29 Sep 2016 18:46, edited 29 Sep 2016 18:46
Are you saying this window starts below worktop level? or does it just affect the wall units? (as you mention 60cm, I'm assuming it's the base units…?)
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

29 Sep 2016 18:50
Have something similar and have industrial stainless kitchen unit in front, goes above the window line but moveable and plenty light comes through between legs etc
Dee
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12057 posts since 22/11/07

1 Oct 2016 18:03


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZ1fZ-Xg8g

SantaMonicaAirlines
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1 posts since 27/11/11

3 Oct 2016 13:55
joeyjojo wrote: Yeah I agree but even if I leave 30 cms say I dunno what to put there. It's open plan too so don't want things lying around like dyson, ladder, iron etc

long-time lurker, first time poster here…

Is this the kind of layout?
http://design-milk.com/refurbished-flat-islington-architecture-london/

No clever storage or anything but they have finished the run of kitchen units nicely. Extending the stone splashback and lighting to the full width works far better than just leaving a gap and some empty wall.

joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

3 Oct 2016 20:06
Kind of like that bro but the window is a lot closer to where the kitchen units start. Forgive me if I'm wrong fam but the one you shared there is no problem?

I'm thinking of doing a little bench around the side with storage below in some finish as kitchen… anyone get me ?

Carrying on from what I'm banging on about, anyone had any experience of living somewhere having pretty extensive works ? I think the works gonna take 3-4 weeks and some of that time won't have a bathroom or kitchen.
It'd be silly to think we could stay ? I'm hoping to be able to move into a friends flat share but that's paying rent of day 800£. My budget is been blown by like 20% already so just looking for savings …
joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

3 Oct 2016 20:11
Damn iPhone typos
Best
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9941 posts since 21/10/05

3 Oct 2016 20:22
I lived through a four month renovation in a flat, it was awful. Dust and shit everywhere, water and heating were a lottery. Oh and the place stank of random Polish fish. The builders hated it too, they wasted time making the place 'liveable' in the evenings which ended up dragging out the project costing me money. I would 100% live elsewhere.

For your window / space issue, any decent carpenter will be able to knock up something bespoke to fit the space. It will cost next to nothing in MDF or wood.
joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

3 Oct 2016 20:28
Yeah think you're right TBH. Nov is just a shit time as no one goes on holiday, least around July Aug you can bank on someone you know being away and you just stay at there's for at least a week or 2.
Goldie
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4829 posts since 17/10/07

3 Oct 2016 22:07
Coming from a tradesman POV I would agree with what Best said 100%. Having to change the flow of a job to accomodate keeping showers/kitchens running etc is a ballache and slows work down. You won't be able to live/eat/sleep comfortably either with all the dust that will be in the air.
crutch
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491 posts since 22/11/12

posted 4 Oct 2016 06:45, edited 4 Oct 2016 06:45
joeyjojo wrote: I'm thinking of doing a little bench around the side with storage below in some finish as kitchen… anyone get me ?



Dunno what your budget is but we just did this with 2 ikea bookcases we had, turned on their side and put short legs on to get the height and joined them together for stability. Going to upholster some foam and add that to the top. Super cheap way to do it, it's pretty hidden by the covering and the table and gives lots of storage space.

if we had more money we would have got a carpenter to knock it up in nicer materials, more time and I would have done it myself- it's not complicated to do, a Google search will throw up some examples/plans
joeyjojo
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4656 posts since 24/8/06

4 Oct 2016 09:56
Sent me some pics bro?

Thanks for all the advice by the way
bill
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4930 posts since 5/8/09

posted 4 Oct 2016 15:48, edited 4 Oct 2016 15:48
I had this exact problem when I did my mums kitchen but with patio doors that were approx 40cm from the wall. I considered leaving a gap(width of a 50cm base unit) but in the end decided to run the units right up to the wall. Because the patio doors were in recess(approx 20cm or so) it creates the illusion of separation and doesn't look odd at all.

It's hard to give you advice without seeing pics but you could consider something similar. If your window isn't in a recess consider building out the wall to the side of the window 20cm or so and then run the units right up to this section of wall. You have to understand that there's always going to be places in your kitchen where people stand where their line of sight will show kitchen units hanging over the front of the window, this is unavoidable. You could also do a combination of stepping out the wall, and stepping back the end unit. So if you're base unit depth is 60cm, have the last unit 40cm deep, and then the 20cm section of wall and angle the worktop accordingly.

(see near green plant next to doors)







I would do this (D), maybe you don't even need to angle the worktop but you'll never know how it will look until you physically put a unit in the position in front of the window.:

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shego
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1597 posts since 11/12/07

10 Oct 2016 10:09
Just bought a small one bed and pretty to new to all of this. Where do I look for a) decent sofa (but of 1-2k) b) blinds and blind installation (venetian likely). c) inspiration sites - it's a small place so need to maximise space.