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Project diaries: the modern kitchen

Stepping into Hazel’s 4-week old spacious kitchen makes you immediately want to sit down and grab a bite to eat. The space is open and airy and the breakfast bar looks inviting with the big windows next to it letting in plenty of daylight. Hazel and her family have recently moved to this 1930’s house in south Edinburgh and have turned the whole house upside down with a full-on refurbishment.

Slightly bored from their previous hotel-looking house, they decided they wanted to put some personal touches to their new property. Judging from our tour, they’ve certainly succeeded transforming it into a modern-looking family home. With an architect on hand, they’ve added two extensions (one on ground floor and one on first floor), which has freed up living space considerably.

The kitchen, which is part of an extension, has ample space for storage, cereal boxes, recycling unit and there’s even a small wine rack lurking under the breakfast bar.  Built-in appliances make the fittings look sleek and uniform and the attention isn’t drawn towards an unsightly fridge and freezer. Although Hazel had a specific idea how she wanted the kitchen to look, she left most of the final decisions to her tradesmen.

Hazel and her family have practically been living on a building site for the past couple of weeks, but finally things are coming together. The kitchen is still not 100% complete, the splashback for instance, is still a work in progress. Fitting a splashback in a strong and bright colour is currently a big, and convenient trend. Decorating a small part rather than the whole kitchen means it’s easy to change once you’ve grown tired of the orange/red/bright green colour that initially looked spot on.

With low energy lights and recycling units in place, the kitchen has an aspiring eco vibe. When the splashback comes into place and the scaffolding disappears outside the windows, it will definitely be the perfect place to get the Sunday roast cooking. Especially with a brand new dining area, just adjacent

If you want to upgrade your kitchen, post your job for free on RatedPeople.com. Up to 3 quality, local tradesmen will get in touch to quote, you can read their previous customer ratings and pick the tradesman who’s right for you. If you want to show us your newly fitted kitchen email us

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