Frank's Dalston Apartment Renovation: The Kitchen

Client: Frank Williams
Location: Dalston, East London
Dwelling: Apartment
The Space: Kitchen
Size: 150 square feet (14 square metres)
Budget: £4000

Remember Hugo? We showcased his finished apartment renovation a few weeks back. Well, we finished another kitchen renovation for a different client In the same building! Our client, Frank, also lives in a small one bedroom apartment in Dalston, on the main high street. He has been living here for the last three years and spends a lot of time at home. Frank is a freelance graphic designer and a majority of the time he works from home. He approached us with a simple brief,  "to make his kitchen space more practical and for him to have an area within this space where he can work from". Frank is a keen lover of Scandinavian design, and enjoys the simplicity of this design style. He was certain this was the style he wanted for his kitchen and also wanted a reading nook where he can escape to and get some cool designs done for his work!

TIP:   Choose neutral colours for main fixtures and fittings and explore accent colours through decorative objects.

TIP: Choose neutral colours for main fixtures and fittings and explore accent colours through decorative objects.

The Brief:

  • An easy to maintain kitchen area
  • A mixture of concealed and exposed storage
  • Integrated Appliances
  • A reading nook
  • Somewhere to work from
  • A feature wall
  • Maximise the open space
  • Make the room brighter

The Process

  • Demolition of existing kitchen 
  • Removal of existing floor
  • Strip existing wallpaper
  • Hide existing exposed pipes
  • Entirely new heating/plumbing system
  • New electrics
  • Re plastering walls
  • Paint
  • Laying of new floor
  • New woodwork (doors, door frames and skirting)
  • New lighting
  • Installation of new kitchen

The Transformation

The transformation was challenging as with only 14 square metres of kitchen space to work with, Frank wanted to maximise the space and have a lot of open space in the middle. Similar to Hugo's apartment, the lack of natural light and run down decor was making it difficult for him to work from home therefore affecting his quality and efficiency of work as he was almost forced to work in other spaces like local coffee shops or parks to get his creative juices flowing!

TIP:   Use everyday items as decorative pieces on your countertops

TIP: Use everyday items as decorative pieces on your countertops

Although Frank doesn't have a partner, he did have quite a lot of kitchen appliances and utensils. Despite this, he didn't mind some of this being exposed and as part of the design. We opted for one long sleek wall cabinet above the kitchenette and then an open shelving system for some of his cook books, and decorative pieces. this exposed shelving system was a great look and brings a 'lived in' quality to the kitchen. The colour combination of taupe coloured cabinets with the marble veined worktops against the white tiled splash back and white floor tiles was great to give the illusion of more space in the kitchen and therefore making it brighter which was one of Frank's key factors in the initial brief. The integrated appliances is great if your looking for a concealed modern look. Concealing as many appliances as possible allows your kitchen to look sleek, sophisticated and tidy! 


TIP: Have some statement pieces on your shelf, best to go with vases/planters of different sizes and shapes to give your shelf some depth.

We chose a simple matte grey shelving system which is a great base colour. The key is to dress up your shelves with as much natural colour as possible, i.e through plants, fruit and your everyday essentials such as cook books and utensils. We love the outcome of Frank's shelf and think it creates a perfect image for a #Shelfie.

Check back next week, when we reveal the little Reading Nook we created for Frank. Just a little teaser, we used 'Rose Quartz' the Pantone 2016 colour of the year to compliment the rest of the colours, and the outcome is a-maze-ing! Keep up to date with regular projects like this by following us on Instagram.

Photography: Sharad Patel