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Kitchens: contemporary, or traditional?

October 2020

The kitchen – for some, it’s the most important room of the house. A space where everyone gathers to eat no matter how hectic life can get, allowing for that all-important family time. It’s also a space for hosting; our wide open-plan kitchen, dining and family areas are great for dinner parties, festive celebrations and catch ups with those in your bubble.

As the heart of the home, choosing a kitchen to suit your style is so important. This is the space where all of your family can be together, and where your guests will spend most of their time when visiting your home. Our kitchens come with high quality, integrated appliances as standard, along with a beautiful selection of worktop and cupboard choices which means you don’t need to compromise on the kitchen you deserve.

We’ve worked closely with kitchen designers to make sure that the product we bring to you is everything you desire and more; which is why we offer two different kitchen styles – contemporary, which is part of the standard specification, or traditional, which is an upgraded fully painted shaker style kitchen.

With both kitchen styles being so beautiful, you will be spoilt for choice – whilst this is a good thing, it can also make deciding between the two options difficult! So, we’ve done the hard work for you and broken down the key features of each, using two of our Charlton show homes.

The Charlton at Brookfield Woods, Middlesbrough: A traditional shaker style kitchen

This traditional style kitchen from the hermitage range has oak cabinets in graphite and a silestone worktop in blanco maple. We love the gas-on-glass hob and the polished nickel cup handles, not to mention the feature extractor fan hood – it has an elegant feel to it and so much character. There’s also lighting pelmets under the cupboards, tucked out of sight reflecting light off the worktops.

The Charlton at Heaton Green, Kirkham: A sleek, contemporary kitchen

This contemporary kitchen has a hamble white matt finish on concetto cabinets and a silestone worktop in gris expo. We love the sleek handleless doors and that the kitchen island houses the induction hob, with an extractor fan above that adds another dimension to the room. We also really like the feature spotlights under the cupboard doors and in the extractor fan.

Both of these kitchens feature a wine cooler with stylish wooden shelves and a glass door – this is an upgrade that is perfect for wine connoisseurs, we also think it adds more depth, breaking up the solid coloured cupboard doors. There’s also a dishwasher in both kitchens, not that you can tell – it’s seamlessly integrated so that it doesn’t take away from the overall finish and beauty.

We think you’ll agree that these kitchens make the space look and feel so different – from the positioning of the double ovens to the placement of the extractor fan. It’s completely down to personal preference as to which is better suited to your lifestyle, which might be the deciding factor, given that both kitchens are so beautiful.

We’d love to know which style you prefer, tag us on social and tell us your favourite @storyhomes.

These kitchens have everything, apart from you – complete the picture, start the search for your dream Story home.