St James' Park, Tunbridge Wells 2022

Following a major internal water mains leak this property sustained significant damage to the existing kitchen and surrounding areas. A main contractor was employed to fulfill the insurance claim work and Focus Interiors & Bathrooms engaged to provide a design, consultation and supply service to complement the work of the builder and engineers, with a focus on the kitchen area.

With services such as the boiler and related pipework relocated to the loft we were challenged with making the most of the available space within the confines of the existing layout which included doors on two adjacent walls and water supply drainage immovable due to previous adjoining works. This was achieved in numerous ways with a kitchen units in vareity of sizes, shapes and configurations as seen in the gallery below. 

The brief was to design a modern kitchen which complements the Victorian architecture, including dining room hatch, finished in oak throughout with beautiful Osmo oiled oak worksurfaces. Extensive consultation and careful design achieved the client’s satisfaction and regular engagement with (and direction of) the main contractor ensured that the finished product was of a very high standard.

The team at Focus recommended and subsequently supplied a JJO kitchen in traditional shaker style to complement the Victorian building along with wrought iron handles. A new, modern internal double glazed window in Anthracite led to Tiling being specified in matching colour and metro-style to improve the feeling of space within the area. Finally, Italian stone tile was supplied in herringbone format combined with Pro-Touch underfloor heating to combat those cold winter mornings! The sink supplied is an attractive Clearwater typos-granite 1.5 bowl and drainer in cromo-grey complemented by brushed-nickel monobloc mixer tap.

The client sought to integrate the Fridge/Freezer (AEG), and Wine Chiller Cabinet (Capel) but specified stand-along Dishwasher (Whirlpool) and Washing Machine (LG ThinQ range) so as to maximise the operational space of these products, a prudent choice for a young family with ease of use for change in the future. These products were specified in black and stainless steel to complement the double-under oven (Belling) and gas-through-glass (NEF) hobs. Finally, a juxtaposition of modern style against traditional character was finished with the high-powered Elica Glide cooker-hood extractor fan.