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Home advice: making the most of small spaces

PUBLISHED: 18:10 06 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:10 06 January 2016

This Moneyhill designed and installed mews house kitchen-diner proves small spaces can be great spaces with throughtful design

This Moneyhill designed and installed mews house kitchen-diner proves small spaces can be great spaces with throughtful design


Celia Warbrick of Moneyhill Interiors in Rickmansworth says small can be beautiful, and functional too

Picture a pretty mews house with open-plan living downstairs, comprising a kitchen, dining area, soft seating, a media unit, utlity cupboard and downstairs cloakroom – and you have this stunning property pictured.

It’s a myth that with a small kitchen you have to have small appliances. These appliances by both Wolf and Sub Zero are about as big as you can get, and combined with handmade units by Davonport Furniture, provide a smoothly functional kitchen with masses of storage that makes full use of the room’s height. Extending a worktop, shown here in Carrara marble, provides an additional area for either kitchen prep work or for use when entertaining.

As we increasingly make use of the kitchen-diner as a hub of the home, it’s vital to have excellent extraction. The Gutmann ceiling extractor fitted in this kitchen takes up no wall space and is extremely efficient, complete with lights. 
 A stainless sink in the corner is also a bowl-and-a-half complete with waste disposal and Quooker boiling tap – so no kettle cluttering up the countertop.

When this kitchen was being designed by us (we also fitted it), every element was carefully considered to gain the maximum use of every drawer and cupboard, including the boiler cupboard, which was shelved for additional storage.

This small kitchen is a delight to use, looks gorgeous, and is proof that a small space is not a problem with careful design.


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