Using every inch of available space

Graham moved down from Scotland to a delightful flat in Mawnan Smith to be nearer to his family.  It had just been built and the kitchen just did not have enough storage at all.   When space is so restricted it is always a compromise and so Graham and I put our heads together and discussed every single inch of the kitchen and what we should do with it to make it work for him.

The first thing we did was to lower the dividing wall that the builder had put up between the kitchen and the sitting room – it just looked out of proportion and so that was lowered about 6 inches.  Graham decided on a cream carpet for the rest of the flat and so we chose cream tiles for the kitchen area and went for a cream gloss handle-less kitchen which would look sleek and smart and not be too imposing.

A large fridge freezer is behind the tall doors with a cupboard above the sink with a bin underneath.  Instead of more storage Graham decided that he would rather have a dishwasher, and round the corner he had a microwave and a single oven both with drawers underneath.  So that we did not loose the space in the corner we cut a hole in the low dividing wall and you can access the space in the corner from the other side.  Above are three extra tall wall units with lots of shelves inside to maximise storage.

Graham decided on a 20mm Silestone worktop and upstands which matched the cream of the tiles and made the kitchen look very stylish.



  • Cream gloss handle-less kitchen with 20mm silestone worktop and integrated appliances and undermount sink and Franke tap and making use of every inch of usable space in a very small kitchen

  • Cream gloss handle-less kitchen in Cornwall with Silestone worktops and integrated appliances

  • Cream gloss handle-less kitchen in Cornwall with Silestone worktops and integrated appliances

    Cream gloss handle-less kitchen with Silestone worktop

I’m very happy to recommend interior designer Susie Hammond to those looking to design and fit a new kitchen. Susie was instrumental in steering me through the process of maximising the very limited space available to me while ensuring all my design and cost criteria were met. She also assisted me in procuring and having installed, a ‘designer’ built-in bedroom wardrobe.
I have a modest one bedroom flat, so optimising space was a major priority. Susie guided me through the process of looking at a wide range of options, listening and responding to my comments, bringing forward for my consideration alternatives, and ultimately working with me to produce a clever and innovative design within the space and budget constraints I’d identified. Susie oversaw and worked with her very talented installer to finally deliver a successful kitchen project with which I’m delighted, and at an affordable price!
Initially I had considered using a well-known discount kitchen supplier for my kitchen, not thinking I could afford a locally based independent kitchen designer like Susie. However, as the proud owner of a significantly superior British made quality kitchen, built to exacting standards, for a price not dissimilar to that I would have paid to the discounter, I would encourage others to speak to Susie first.
Graham Marsden