20 December 2013
Well we’ve made it to the end of another busy year!
We’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some wonderful projects this year and we’d like to thank all our clients for their valued custom.
Today (Friday) is our last working day in the showroom, we will then be closed over the entire Christmas period and return on the 6th January.
So all that’s left to do is to wish you all a very
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!
See you in 2014!
10 December 2013
We have a beautiful contemporary kitchen for you today.
The owners had the existing kitchen area extended to create a large kitchen / entertaining area with sliding folding doors to the garden. The brief was to design a sleek and very modern space with plenty of storage to keep the kitchen area as uncluttered as possible. To achieve this look we used white high gloss Parapan doors with inset handles with dark grey Quartz worksurfaces and stainless steel appliances.
The scheme is based around a multi level central island area which incorporates a supporting column which needed to be retained. The feature ceiling downstand mirrors the island shape below and houses lighting and services for this area.
An integrated wine fridge and Zip Tap sit at the end of the island which makes for easy access when entertaining.
Below you can see the island in more detail with it’s different levels of worksurface, having the cooking and preparation area on a lower level combined with the column keeps cooking clutter out of guests view. We also created a feature display area within the column which also allows for a better outlook whilst at the sink area.
Keeping to the minimalistic theme, the sink is inset with an integral drainer and modern angular tap and the hob is flush fitted within the worktop.
A discreet flush fitted pop-up socket below is a must have for any island.
As you can see below this one has 3 sockets and is ideal for powering kitchen appliances or laptops.
The Zip Tap below is another feature in the island and provides boiling and chilled filtered water.
As the client requested plenty of storage, many of the cabinets house internal drawers which offer numerous storage combinations.
The sleek stainless steel Elica extractor is recessed into the ceiling downstand and fits with the contemporary design of this kitchen beautifully.
We hope you enjoyed looking around this contemporary kitchen with us. We’d love to know what you think?
21 November 2013
We’ve got an exciting project to show you today!
We were asked to provide the furniture throughout this newly remodelled period house and we knew that the result was going to be stunning as the property belonged to a retired architect. We were involved at an early stage, which is always great as we can influence the design to make the best of the available space.
The brief for the kitchen was to create a simplistic and functional space for cooking, socialising and relaxing with the emphasis being on design and materials. This was achieved with a mostly white and stainless steel colour scheme against a real oak floor which gives the room warmth.
The client wanted a focal point for the kitchen and as the house is situated in a village with beautiful woods nearby, decided to incorporate a photo of them in bluebell season, for which we provided the photography which was fun to shoot! The photo was then enlarged and applied to the wall behind the sink run with clear glass on top for protection. This really is a beautiful and unexpected way of adding colour to a neutral space and can be changed when required.
Here’s a closer shot of the photograph splashback which I’m sure you’ll agree looks stunning.
The kitchen is lay-on in design with hand painted shaker doors and frames with brushed stainless steel bar handles. As we were involved in the design from an early stage we were able to recess the Neff ovens and two cooks pantry’s (at the back of the photo below) neatly into the kitchen wall. The doors of the cooks pantry’s fold back to create maximum storage and small working areas inside.
The work surfaces throughout are white quartz adding to the modern but understated feel and the island has beautiful stainless steel legs and supports running around it’s perimeter. The Neff induction hob is flush fitted and we also designed in an integrated chopping board. As you can see below there is a cosy corner with a sofa to relax in along with seating at the far end of the island.
We also designed these hand painted bookcases in the living room either side of the beautiful fireplace.
They are painted in shades of grey from Farrow and Ball and have cockbead detailing to each shelf and frame.
The bookcase below also discreetly houses the T.V.
The bi-fold doors can be opened and closed accordingly.
The client also requested a small bar area adjoined to the lounge which we thought was a really neat idea! Ideal for entertaining especially at large social gatherings.
Here’s another bookcase we installed below.
And finally we designed this beautiful desk using the same detailing as the kitchen island.
We were very lucky to be involved in such a wonderful project. What do you think about the kitchen with it’s bluebell splashback? Do you like the muted colour scheme used throughout? And the bar area next to the lounge? We’d love to know your thoughts.
22 December 2021
We are very proud to introduce our latest project – a large open kitchen with utility and boot rooms that do everything they should, and more! The super-smart, Shaker kitchen includes all sorts of classic Planet features; deep, accessible dove tail drawers, beautiful yet functional kitchen island, cocktail cabinet with bespoke wine racks and hand-built cabinetry that’s built to last.
The classic pairing of dark navy and bright white is a winning combination which will stand the test of time whilst looking fresh and contemporary.
And, who would object to all the Xmas prep if you had this utility room to work in? The large, spacious farmhouse sink with Quooker Flex tap are just what you need for messy pans (and dogs!) and the hanging rail above the worktop is genius for hanging freshly ironed shirts. We give the design of our utility rooms as much thought as we do the kitchen as it’s such a functional space – known by some as the engine room of a family home!
15 November 2021
We love the pairing of the modern marble worktops and splashback with the rich and atmospheric ‘Minster Green’. The contrasts in colour and texture look stunning and the Aga range cooker looks properly at home in this classic setting.
All the details have been carefully considered; the Armac Martin handles in Burnished Brass, the taps in Satin Brass and the Perrin & Rowe Belfast Sink all tap into the Victorian era yet the modern touches provide all the convenience without looking out of place.
The bespoke dresser combines classic styling with modern touches to create a stand-alone piece of furniture that is perfect for displaying favourites pieces and family photos. Using the same paint colour and work top unifies the whole look.
Moving into the spacious utility room, the bespoke cabinets (again, in a Layon Shaker style) but this time hand painted in Treron – another traditional colour but softer and accented with the pretty pink tiling. The run of tall cabinets and open shelving unit are designed to be functional in a room that needs different considerations than a kitchen. Together with the shelving and hanging hooks there’s a place for everything and everything has its place.
08 October 2021
The large cabinets designed in the Inframe Cockbead Shaker style (in the kitchen) are the real feature of this project. Hand built and painted in Off Black, the detailed beading is classic and traditional yet with the beautiful Armac Martin handles and colour choice, the overall look is timeless and contemporary in equal measure. Complementing the entire look are the Perrin & Rowe taps in English Bronze and the Range Cooker in Matt Graphite with Bronze Trim.
27 August 2021
As always, our bespoke kitchens are designed and built to suit lifestyle and family needs and this one is no exception. Plenty of island seating and really importantly, lots of room to move around it. Large cabinets and deep drawers for convenient storage plus accessible shelving for cook books and a wine fridge perfectly positioned for the cook! Look closely and you’ll see that the larder is shallow in depth. This was deliberately (and cleverly!) designed to accommodate a large beam behind the back of the cabinet, yet still allows this run of cabinets to look balanced.
We’re loving the distinctive brass handles by Armac Martin against the Hardwicke White paint colour on the cabinetry – along with the Hand Silvered Antiqued mirror splashback there’s plenty of up-to-the-minute design details which ensure this classic shaker is contemporary yes classic in equal measure.
24 May 2021
It was a lovely end-of-the-week treat to receive a visit from Quooker who teamed up with Smart Bar, to bring us some delicious Quooker goodies. At Planet we love their taps so were delighted to be part of this promo to mark their much anticipated re-opening.
26 February 2021
Spring is in the air and hope is on the horizon as we reflect on the last 12 months of doing business in such challenging times.
As so many small (and large!) companies have floundered through this pandemic, here at Planet, we are eternally grateful to still be in business and to be doing well. Thanks, in part to us operating in an industry that has always put the home centre stage, which for the best part of a year has become our sanctuary as well as our workplace, school and playground! But, also thanks to our brilliant suppliers, who have gone all out to help us deliver on our promise time and time again despite the, sometimes, slimmed down workforce, and supply limitations further down the supplier chain.
Obviously, like all businesses no matter what sector, we’ve had to adapt to doing things differently and the biggest shift has been the use of tech. Whilst we might be getting a bit Zoom weary, it has been vital at enabling us to present and share designs and to carry on consulting with clients. And, although it’s not quite the same as face-to-face, which is obviously a more natural way of building a relationship with our clients, we actually think video technology will have a permanent role in our business post-Covid, as it’s proved so beneficial for clients who live a bit further away from our showroom.
The adaptions have continued onto our site visits (which we undertake at the onset of a project and then again later on for the technical survey) where our employees wear the necessary protection, as per the Government guidelines and we have to, kindly, request that clients and other trades vacate the room, if possible, whilst we complete the surveying. Again, everyone we work with (clients and suppliers) have been amazingly supportive and understanding. We’re looking forward to ‘normal’ times when we can all gather on the site, cuppa in hand and discuss the progress of the project.
We’ve been extremely lucky that the only delays our clients have had to experience is sometimes with appliances – some of the lead times on certain items are extremely long so we have to manage this and always make our clients aware of any potential delays in the soonest time possible. Happily, everything else has been fairly normal in terms of supply and lead times. Even our workshop has been able to operate as normal, producing even more bespoke furniture and cabinets than in pre-Covid times. We are fortunate to have enough space for our team of craftsmen to be spaced apart, along with all the current safety guidelines which are in place to ensure the health and safety of all our employees.
Which is all just as well as we have, very happily, noticed a spike in enquiries for home improvements, especially home office areas, studies and media units. And whilst the trend for large open family kitchens has been growing, steadily, for a number of years now, this trend continues at a pace as the hope of entertaining is finally creeping back on to the agenda for most of us.
So yes, we know we’re one of the lucky small, local businesses to be here some 12 month after this pandemic landed, and as long as people want their homes improving and/or extending we plan on being around a lot longer!
19 December 2020
The large, open plan space lends itself, perfectly , to the rich colour of the bespoke Shaker cabinets, creating a kitchen zone where the vibrancy of the blue/green pops in the otherwise neutral colour scheme of the wider space. We’re excited to see how much green is taking off in kitchen trends and this particular shade is bang on trend!
Providing ample space for sitting as well as prepping and storage, the large kitchen island with its CRL Quartz Calacatta worktop is as functional as it is beautiful. The sharp white marble finish is durable enough for family living and pairs beautifully with the integrated Neff hob and downdraft extractor.
The shelving above the sink run looks fab with the integrated lighting and adds the touch of personality that comes with a totally bespoke design, whilst the Quooker Flex Tap in Stainless Steel looks elegant against the Quartz worktop. Finally, check out the tall cupboard with its spice rack (or bottle holder) built into the door. All of our cabinetry is built to your specification so that no space, no matter how small is wasted. Genius!
29 September 2020
We’re delighted to see one of our recent projects featured in November’s issue of House & Garden. This project is from our Handmade in Hitchin range and can be seen, in full, here https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=shaker-kitchen-living-room