the British word for “custom”, describes the beautiful rich look of handmade cabinetry that will make your home a showplace. A bespoke cabinet has a look of refinement, craftsmanship and quality that you just cannot get from the cabinetry produced in volume by large cabinet manufacturers.
“Bespoke cabinetry is about understanding from the very start of the project how the clients live and what the design means to them.” says Lorna Brown at Cranberry Hill Kitchens, where they have been creating bespoke cabinetry for over 20 years. “Every cabinet is made for somebody. Yes, we stick to certain styles, but we are always designing individual spaces for individual clients with their individual needs in mind. “
Not only is custom cabinetry beautiful but it can also be very practical, utilizing the space in your home to its best possible advantage. This is particularly important if your kitchen or bathroom is small or you are working with unique architecture, such as in a century, log, timber frame or even the seemingly limiting concrete walls of a condominium. Cabinets that take advantage of every angle in the room give you the most work and storage space.
A bespoke cabinet is truly unlike any other and can fit into any décor style from traditional to modern as can be seen in the two kitchens showcased here. One is in a grand vintage home and the other is a new custom build in a well established neighborhood.
Modern & New
This fresh, modern custom kitchen was inspired by the homeowners’ favorite travel destination, the Syndey, Australia Harbour. Their favorite aspects of this locale are reflected in the colour of the wall, a plate glass back splash, the shimmering lighting elements and the stainless steel accents which come together to create a modern yet timeless design. To give the homeowners adequate storage space without sacrificing the clean modern style, a plethora of storage features are hidden behind a facade that looks like a set of doors.
The main areas of this century home offer gracious proportions and high ceilings but the addition that housed the kitchen was small and cramped. The homeowners wanted to create a kitchen befitting of the rest of the home and an area for entertaining with ample storage.
A bedroom, bathroom and the existing small kitchen were combined to create the grand kitchen the homeowners desired. The styling of the cabinets, the detailed edging of the counter tops and the natural stone tiling came together to create an elegant kitchen that flowed naturally with the style of the existing home. The cabinets and bar area were designed to hide pipe work that could not be relocated so they would not distract from the style of the kitchen. A back hall area off the kitchen was designed to complement the kitchen while offering additional storage space.
In a “bespoke” kitchen – custom cabinetry often means creative solutions to problems areas. The dog bed area in this kitchen is a prime example. This unique feature was designed to keep the homeowners’ dog out from underfoot in the kitchen while at the same time providing a desired butcher block area, dealing with a low window sill and eliminating a counter top seam