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  • Writer's pictureJenny Whittingham

Kitchen Case Study - Wolverhampton

Jen & Ad moved into their new home November 2017. It was definitely a renovation project. The house only dated back to 1969 but it also seemed that the original décor had not been updated either. The couple were desperate to have the kitchen renovated as thier first priority. This is where Jenny Whittingham Design stepped in and were able to assist.

The couple had clear ideas about some of the things they wanted and we supported them through every step of their design journey. The existing kitchen/diner consisted of only a few base units which were literally falling to pieces with odd pieces of worktop and a free standing cooker. Working to a tight budget we completed an existing survey of their kitchen noting locations of existing services.

We listened very closely to the clients brief about requiring a lot more storage space, listed out what appliances they were looking to install, how they wanted to cook in their space, things they liked doing most in their kitchen, what style preferences they had etc...

It was a great meeting, we all got along great and shortly after Jenny Whittingham Design was officially appointed to handle their kitchen Interior design and project management. Kitchens can be stressful creatures! So we took that stress away.

At the following consultation we provided ideas and precedents of kitchen designs that we thought would suit the couple’s style and taste, this included draft plans and 3D visuals. Jen and Ad we’re delighted with the design proposals and following a few tweaks to the existing design, which included the inclusion of an illuminated coffee cupboard to clear the clutter from the worktops, as well as dealing with a ‘pesky’ gas pipe which would have been costly to relocate...we continued with the proposals.

We sourced the builders and whilst the demolitions and renovations were taking place, we set about gathering kitchen samples from our known supplier, as we have a trade account we were able to offer a discounted overall kitchen quote. We did also go to other well-known high street suppliers as a comparison but our insider knowledge is incomparable, opting for the on-trend dark matt handless finish. Other items we sourced included radiators, feature wall, internal doors, tiles, lighting, new windows and external french doors, paint finishes, worktops.

Throughout the development our client budget was at the forefront of all our decisions. We mixed in higher priced items with lower priced items, for example the floor tiles were from Tile Choice on a stock clearance deal and aligned perfectly with our original mood board suggestions whilst the wall tiles, at eye level and considered a prime location, were more expensive from Porcelanosa, opting for texture rather than colour for a luxury finish.

(Above) The under stairs, unusual L-shaped larder, was transformed into an illuminated coffee cupboard, complete with handless drawers. A useful space to stash small appliances.

Storage space was optimised in a spacious gallery style kitchen. Keeping the walls and flooring light and neutral allowed space for the dominant dark grey kitchen units.

If you have a kitchen rennovation project in mind this year please get in touch. We offer a free initial consulation in person or via video chat. Jenny Whittingham Design based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, prides itself on friendly, open and honest communication and would love to be part of your next big idea. Contact us today on 07487 576 815 or email

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