We have all seen the images recently of an unbelievably well-organised pantry belonging to a Hollywood actress and in fact Pinterest is full of such photos. I'm sure many people look at them in awe and think they could never be that organised and really who does have time to buy matching jars and label them up so precisely? However as someone who mourns the loss of their pantry in a recent house move I can confirm that even a less organised one is a thing of joy.
As a bespoke furniture manufacture we can provide any shelving arrangement that is required for a walk in larder. However many houses just don't have that extra cupboard area so one of our favourite products is a pantry interior. This fits inside a standard tall unit turning a cabinet with shelves into a gorgeous storage arrangement.
Door mounted racks are ideal for small jars and bottles, oils, sauces, spices and seasonings. All the ingredients you use constantly but always end up getting pushed to the back of a standard cupboard.
The shelving can be arranged, as in the example above, so that there is room for small appliances along with a power socket so they can be used in situ. This has the added benefit of keeping them off the worktop whilst still easier to use than if they were boxed at the back of another cupboard. The rest of the shelving will take every tin, jar and box you need and plenty of them so you can keep a good stock of regular ingredients.
The drawers are great for pasta and pulses and other bagged items. As a bespoke item we can alter the quantity of drawers or replace them with baskets. Sometimes we have two drawers with wine bottle racks either side, sometimes wooden trays. We even make the same interior to fit curved cabinets to make a great feature in a kitchen corner.
So if you want to unload your groceries into one cabinet, stock up on store cupboard essential and find everything at a glance the pantry interior is a must when planning your next kitchen. The added bonus with this unit is you can shut the doors and pretend you have all those neat rows of carefully labelled jars and boxes.
The Sales and Design team will be out of the office until the 4th of January. It has been an extremely busy year here at Waterford Interiors and as we strive to continuously improve our product and service we have invested in new staff and new machinery. A huge 'Thank you!' to all our fantastic customers this year, we hope you are loving your new kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms and we look forward to creating many more next year.
With the holidays approaching and a new year on the horizon I'm sure many people will be experiencing the lack of functionality in their kitchens and yearning for a change.
If you are watching TV chefs effortlessly whip up a Christmas banquet while you struggle to make a meal for two without crashing into each other and leaving the kitchen like a bomb site then maybe a bit of planning is in order.
Apart from a team of home economists behind the scenes do the TV kitchens have something you need? Is the oven at elbow height so that checking on the turkey doesn't involve stooping and getting a face-full of steam? Is the hob a super-fast induction one that cooks the sprouts in the same time your old hob warms the water?
Perhaps you can't quite put your finger on what it is in your kitchen that makes cooking such a chore. At Waterford Interiors we love planning a kitchen to perfection. Generally we plan out in 2D cad as that is the best way to see a space but if you can't visualise the end result we are happy to help in other ways.
The image below shows the metamorphosis of a recent design.
The client initially wanted a range cooker and an island but wasn't sure how the space would work. After several changes, including lowering the ceiling to hide beams the final design has built in ovens which allow more oh-so-useful pan drawers under the hob. We produced all the designs in 3D renders so the client could see the kitchen from every angle and even play around with the colour a bit too!
As well as our planning service our bespoke, built to order cabinets will suit your needs exactly from adapting the size to fit the space to choosing the function that works best. We have a range of pull-out units with adjustable shelving so that you favourite oils and spices can be exactly where you need them. We also have a range of prices so that even if a huge walnut kitchen is not within budget we can design a stunning kitchen that is.
Pretty much every kitchen has at least one and every kitchen owner has an opinion of what to do with them but in reality what is the best solution for the dreaded corner unit?
If you are lucky enough to have a large kitchen with a lot of storage then our advice is usually to blank them off. ‘What a waste of space' we hear you cry but if you do have lots of readily available storage space what exactly are you going to use that corner for? Tins that you forget about until they are out of date, the big soup pot that you get out every winter then realise it makes more soup than you can possible eat and has to go in the dishwasher by itself because it’s so big or even worse, has to be washed by hand!! Some kitchens have so much easily accessible space I dread to think of the conversations that go on when one person is trying locate something the other has stowed. ‘Where’s the blender?’ ‘In the cupboard four doors to the left of the sink’ ‘ It’s not in there’ ‘ the wall cupboard, not the bottom one’ Really there must come a point where a clear-out and clever storage beats LOADS of storage.
At Waterford Interiors we are always trying to think up practical and aesthetically pleasing storage solutions. We don’t love the off the shelf wirework units as they have so many limitations. Units have to be set sizes, their loading weight tends to be quite low and wire baskets always have the annoying tendency to jam because something has dropped between the wires or is poking out of the sides. Consequently we build a solid carcase box inside our pull-outs so whether it is a full height larder or a cooker adjacent spice pull-out we make it to fit and function as the customer requires it.
So back to corners, small kitchen owners will want to make the most use of their limited space. I love small spaces, the possibility for endlessly pleasing clever solutions is huge. However you won’t want to waste any of that precious space so a corner cannot be avoided.
So how much room is in a ‘corner’? Taking an average unit with a visible front that is 600mm wide then the whole unit has 0.34 cubic metres of internal space and if you have a shelf in there that is 1 square metre of area upon which to put your items. Bearing in mind that unless you stack the inside of your cupboards with the accuracy and intensity of a Tetris master you are unlikely to use all this space.
Off the shelf the two favourite corner solutions are the pull-out carousel, an oddly shaped white tray that wiggles out of the cabinet or the magic corner, a sliding and turning set of four wire trays. That pull-out carousel gives you 0.1m3 of storage volume and 0.43m2 of storage area. The magic corner has 0.14m3 of volume and 0.44m2 of area. So really the only difference between these two options is the function and look, which one do you prefer. The alternative is to void the corner and just use a standard drawer pack. A one shallow, two pan drawer unit has 0.08m3 of volume but 0.59m2 of area. So if you are storing short items like cans, jars and plates you actually get more area by using the drawers. Those special mechanisms are clever but they do use up quite a bit of space.
We are currently pondering the problem and trying to think up ways to get back some of those lost 0.2 cubic metres. Meanwhile more pan drawers and a well organised larder unit with one of our pantry interiors is a definite recommendation for maximising storage space.
We were recently asked to make this custom dressing room island with handle-less drawers.
We realised that this look, clean, modern and minimalist is something we'd like to offer to all our customers. We have a lot of traditional and classical kitchens on our gallery so anyone browsing the site looking for a modern kitchen might be put off but don't be!
We cater to all tastes and requirements, if we can make it we will and to be honest we don't always love the designs. However we do love this look, it's simple but isn't that often the best choice? The joy of simple design is that you can experiment with colour and integrate functionality.
In this example we added glass top inserts and custom drawer dividers to make the piece really useful. The colour divided opinion, when the paint arrived in a can labelled 'brown' we were worried as we thought we'd ordered a lovely soft grey. However once applied we could see it's one of those shades that some will call brown, some grey but at least it is a gorgeous end result.
Now we just need to decide what to call the style and work out if there is a need for the hyphen in handle-less!!
We've just shipped out a beautiful home office in our roughened oak finish and are reminded once again what a fabulous product this is.
The finish is achieved by raising the grain of the oak so that the timber has a texture to it and then sealing the timber with a matt clear lacquer. The end result is so natural looking, you can feel the grain but it is also sanded to be softer than raw timber. The UV filters in the lacquer prevent the discolouration that you often get with oak.
We've also installed units in this finish in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. It's such a versatile finish to use on fitted furniture because it is neutral and will go with any interior design.
The current trends for darker wall finishes, rich navy, plums and deep black-grey, will work well with the oak and when the trends change you don't have to change the furniture along with the wall colour. This will also look fantastic with the botanicals trend, what could look better with fresh, bright green leaves and florals than natural, light timber. The oak is also the perfect partner for industrial finishes. Base units can be topped with concrete work surfaces and fitted with stainless steel fixtures because whatever you put with this finish changes your perception of it. With concrete it is industrial, rough, raw but put it with pastels and florals and it becomes softened, natural, like driftwood.