A beautiful new Access Matters kitchen has been fitted in Hampshire, and the pictures have been posted on our Portfolio tab today.
As the heart of a busy home, this kitchen needed to be fully accessible for a wheelchair user and the wider family. Lots of entertaining goes on in this busy household, so wine storage and a very large Liebherr fridge has been included as well as pull-out larders, pull-down baskets and clever appliances.
There are two rise and fall units in the room, and two sinks. Read all about it using this link, and watch out for addition of video clips at a later date.
We currently have a large number of kitchens to photograph, which will be appearing in our Accessible Portfolio as we receive the images from our photographer.
These include a Natural Oak shaker style kitchen with fixed-height Vanilla Corian worktops and Neff appliances, shown above. This kitchen was designed for a wheelchair user when she moved house, and decided against taking her existing Design Matters kitchen with her! Fitted into a beautiful barn conversion, the kitchen includes a custom larder unit – a feature of her last Design Matters kitchen that the client decided she could not live without. Corian wall cladding is also a feature of this kitchen, for seamless easy cleaning.
Our next project is a beautiful Painted Oak kitchen in Sage, with Clam Shell Corian worktops and a large L-shaped rise and fall unit incorporating hob and sink area. The design includes a run of tall units incorporating integrated refrigeration and a range of other appliances including a Neff SlideAway oven and Siemens induction hob. Aubergine coloured glass splashbacks contrast beautifully with the painted door finish.
Watch this space for more projects coming soon, or like our Facebook page to receive regular updates and news from Design Matters.
We have recently completed some exciting kitchens for delighted clients. Showcasing the very latest techniques in inclusive design, these kitchens are put together by our designer Adam Thomas with enormous attention to detail and hidden features that help every member of the family access the kitchen and enjoy cooking and entertaining.
We use special handles with a soft profile that is gentle on hands when gripped and pulled. Our doors and drawers are fitted with soft-close mechanisms as standard. This means they close smoothly, and slowly, allowing clients an extra second to move their hands out of the away. And all our pull-out surfaces are fully heat-resistant allowing safe transfer of hot pans around the kitchen. These small details make all the difference in a kitchen, and give our clients many years of happy kitchen use. Here’s a sneak preview of two recent projects …
This beautiful walnut kitchen by Access Matters (right) is designed to suit a family home, and provides an elegant and flexible space for family meals and entertaining. The quality of the timber used to create this kitchen is quite breathtaking and the simple shaker styling allows the depth and beauty of the wood to take centre stage. Solid wood is surprisingly resilient to knocks and scrapes, and simply develops character over time.
In this design, a mobile height-adjustable table by Ropox of Denmark has been incorporated. The table has castors on the legs that allow it to be moved around the room and then fixed in place by locking the wheels. So there is plenty of room for circulation when the table is pushed against the kitchen units, but it can be pulled easily into a different position for more formal dining should the need arise. The height of the table can be adjusted by remote control, allowing comfortable use of the table in a variety of day-to-day activities.
The fabulous Access Matters painted shaker kitchen below shows how subtle use of colour can be used to create warmth and atmosphere. Each set of kitchen doors is is hand-sprayed from the same batch of paint to ensure a precise colour match, and this range is available in a range of soft colours. Here the oak grain of the wood shows through the soft blue-grey painted finish in bright sunlight, but appears more muted in lower light conditions.
Lots of useful pull-outs have been selected by this client to make maximum use of the cupboard space, and a beautiful contrasting wooden worktop has been used to create a breakfast bar in the centre of the room. The colours and materials chosen for this room are a classic combination and will provide many years of pleasure.
We will upload more images of these kitchens soon. In the meantime please watch this space for our next project …