Archive of: December, 2013

  • Merry Christmas from all at Planet!

    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!

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  • Sleek and Contemporary Family Kitchen

    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.

    The bank of Siemens appliances which sit in full height cabinets are a stunning backdrop to the kitchen and the high gloss Parapan doors reflect the light beautifully.

    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?

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  • New Cambridgeshire Project!

    New Cambridgeshire Project!

    This is cool, country kitchen at its best. The twee frills of yesteryear have been left behind and this classic Shaker has taken on a pared back, cool-as-you-like style. Bespoke cabinetry in a Cockbead, Inframe design keeps it classic and totally suitable to this beautiful barn conversion near Royston, which we’re proud to introduce as our latest project.

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  • Welcome to Walkern

    Welcome to Walkern

    The smart, handless style is the perfect choice for a busy family that like to entertain, as all the essentials are kept hidden behind the push-to-open doors and drawers. More info and pictures in the Gallery https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=modern-handleless-in-walkern

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  • New Shaker Project!

    New Shaker Project!

    Introducing our latest Handmade in Hitchin project. We are very proud of this Kitchen Diner conversion from a small galley kitchen.
    More images and info here “https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=modern-shaker-kitchen-diner”. Check it out!

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  • Traditional or Comtemporary, or a bit of both?

    Traditional or Comtemporary, or a bit of both?

    It will be down to personal taste and/or the style of your house whether you opt for a sleek, contemporary style or a traditional, classic design. However the architectural style of your home needn’t dictate the design of your kitchen. We know that a contemporary kitchen can complement the original features of a Victorian home – good proportions, large windows, original tiles and floorboards can offer a great contrast to a smart, handleless finish. Equally a new build home or conversion can benefit from the classic, established look of the more traditional style of kitchen with a muted colour palette. Either way the key to its success will be the way your kitchen designer is sympathetic to the setting of your home.
    Here at Planet we often mix up the styles by incorporating high-tech appliances and up-to-the-minute worktops and splashbacks to the well-loved Shaker style.

    The design, space and colour scheme of this kitchen have all been thoughtfully considered to accommodate a large, traditional solid oak dining table – a feature which has dictated the classic Shaker style. Limestone flooring, framed cabinets and a muted colour palette all reflect a bygone era but are complemented by the contemporary appliances and finishes. The Antiqued Mirror splashback with gold backing helps to elevate this classic Shaker out-of-the-ordinary and the Lacanche Macon Range Cooker in Mandarin adds warmth and personality. The large Liebherr fridge freezer in Stainless Steel show how old and new can work effectively together.

    This contemporary, super-smart kitchen was designed to fit a new extension and with the open space of the garden in mind. The understated, bespoke kitchen design means the focus is on the outdoors when the bi-folds are open or through the expanse of glass in the colder months. Keeping it contemporary, the handless cabinets have been hand painted in F&B’s All White and Little Greene’s Dock Blue. Again, adding a mix of old to the new, the wide planked Oak breakfast bar provides a warm, tactile contrast whilst the integrated Miele appliances inset unobtrusively on the Quartz worktop ensure the sleek, uncluttered finish is maintained.

    A real feature of this family kitchen is the bespoke extra-large pantry which was commissioned as a drinks cabinet with integrated wine cooler. Serving both functional and visual purposes it’s designed in the same handless style as the kitchen cabinets with bi-fold doors and painted in the same F&B Old White. Very modern and very suited to its setting

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  • Another HOUZZ Award for Planet Furniture!

    Another HOUZZ Award for Planet Furniture!

    Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with Top ratings and most popular home designs.
    January 30th 2019 – Planet Furniture of Hitchin, Herts has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The family-owned Kitchens and Furniture company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2018.
    A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
    “Best of Houzz is a true badge of honour as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, renovation and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Marcus Hartwall, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favourites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

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  • Kitchen Storage - And How To Approach It

    Kitchen Storage - And How To Approach It

    No matter what size of kitchen you are planning the storage aspect is of paramount importance. What you want or need is likely to form the basis of the whole design, so it’s worth thinking about it right at the start. There are lots of aspects to consider; accessibility, cost, organization – and of course, the aesthetics – to display or not to display? Some people want everything hidden away and every surface clutter-free. Others like a more homely feel with crockery and cook books on show. But, probably the most important thing to consider is how much storage you need or can afford and this is likely to come down to life-style considerations and how many people are in your home.

    ACCESSIBILITY
    So, let’s start with accessibility as this is probably the most discussed and requested aspect of our bespoke kitchens.
    We’re finding that there’s a growing demand for drawers instead of shelved-based cupboards as they provide easy access to those hard to reach corners. They look streamlined and, if they replace wall cupboards, entirely, they can make a kitchen feel far more spacious. Deep drawers with dividers can keep pans and plates nicely organised and easily accessible. Quality runners, though, are essential.

    Corner solutions are becoming more user-friendly and sophisticated with different options on how to make the most of the darkest, deepest corner. Cabinets and corner drawers featuring special pull-out pivoting mechanisms can be the answer for smaller kitchens and compact spaces.
    The most recent design development for accessibility is a drop down mechanism into high wall cupboards – saving you the trouble of pulling out a stool and maximising what used to be ‘dead space’.
    So, there’s plenty to consider when you’re thinking about storage requirements but above all we believe easy accessibility should be integral to the overall design.

    ORGANISATION & PLANNINGWHAT GOES WHERE?
    With regard to organisation, we start with the basics; cutlery, crockery and saucepans and naturally recycling bins have become an essential part of the planning. But then we consider the individual’s lifestyle and preferences. For example are you a cook with lots of electrical pieces and a myriad of bakeware?
    We also need to consider the trickier items that can be large (Ironing board), awkward (think bread makers and the like!) or even the vacuum cleaner.

    Tall cabinets are perfect in a high-ceilinged kitchens, particularly for large items – a ladder to access the high points creates a feature as well as being functional. In contemporary kitchens a bank of handleless cabinets give a sleek finish hiding everything away – this paired with open shelving, to add individuality, can stop this type of space becoming too sterile.

    Inevitably most people want to conquer the clutter but this doesn’t have to mean everything is tidied away. An island with open shelving can combine function and style, ticking the box for easy accessibility as well looking stylish – you just need to be disciplined at all times!

    As kitchens become larger and morph into multi-use spaces we’ve noticed a growing trend for a walk in pantry – a kind of one-stop-shop for all food storage. Where budgets or space don’t allow for this, the ‘Pantry Dresser’ can fit the bill. We’re often asked to design a storage piece that will serve as a cook’s pantry or even a breakfast station – housing the toaster and coffee machine as well as the food items. With an integral work top and shelving everything can be hidden from sight once the doors are closed.

    There are many extras that can be considered from spice racks (to keep those small jars on display but at the same time out-of-sight), tray racks and chopping boards to massive pull-out larder systems. The inclusion and quality of these elements will be determined by budget – for example bespoke cutlery drawers and knife inserts or carved lettering making your storage really individual.

    Ultimately, working with a good designer and building a good relationship with them, will help determine how best to bring all the storage solutions together to suit your lifestyle and your budget. You are certainly not limited by options!

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  • A PROPERLY BESPOKE SERVICE!

    A PROPERLY BESPOKE SERVICE!

    We are really proud, at Planet Furniture, that all of our Handmade in Hitchin furniture is completely bespoke and made to order right here in our Hitchin workshop by highly skilled craftsmen. A big shout-out, here, for our Director, Neil Dunn whose mission it is, to produce beautiful and functional furniture.

    We only ever use the highest grade materials and finest timbers that are particularly suitable for kitchens where high usage and high humidity is always going to be ‘a thing’.
    Because we want our kitchens to stand the test of time, all of our drawer boxes are either solid oak or solid walnut dovetail. And, keeping it up to the minute all of our drawers are on soft close runners – no sticking, no banging.


    Then comes the fun bit – we can, and do, colour match to absolutely any colour required. All of the hand painted finishes are primed and receive the first coat of your chosen colour in our spray booths (think tanning salon for furniture!) and then we ask the lovely Ellie to hand paint the top coat, in situ, taking enormous care of her surroundings and requiring only the odd cuppa in return!

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  • NEW! Classic White Shaker Kitchen

    NEW! Classic White Shaker Kitchen

    We were very excited to design this kitchen with its brand new Orangery extension. Our clients wanted the kitchen area to flow seamlessly into the sunny Orangery where easy living and entertaining were the order of the day and with a utility area (nicely doubling up as well organised wine store!) out of view but accessible.
    Go to the Handmade In Hitchin gallery for more inspirational pictures!

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