Paula McGee - Edinburgh, Edinburgh’s Old Town

The brief

At the window end of the kitchen a seating area was designed to allow Paula to get light and a view from the table. The boiler had been located at this end and rather than allow this to become an eyesore Louisa cleverly concealed it and made it a raised feature of the design. The stone column beside the window was exposed as a feature demonstrating the age and history of the building.



Given the narrow dimensions of the room we designed a linear look with high gloss Callerton Valencia white furniture to give light, which was complemented by a timber topped round table which added a hint of the traditional. This also linked to the oak used elsewhere in the kitchen on the floor and beyond in the flat. The room itself is narrow at one end and widens towards the window so the Siemens dishwasher was located at the wider end to provide room to open. Curved units were chosen to soften the entrance and give a less stark look to such a small room.

As a galley kitchen light gloss units were chosen to give a greater feeling of space and maximum storage from ceiling to floor. Glass and mirrored splashbacks added to the reflective look creating a wider feel. The galley design allows Paula to prepare food and cook without hardly moving which has many advantages.

The whole flat was refurbished, which took time and careful planning given it is such an old and historical building on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The kitchen has a contemporary slant but is sympathetic to the traditional features of the property.

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Paula’s delight at the end result was plain to see:

“It is better than I’d hoped for and was a tricky design given the narrow confines of the room. From the start I was completely trusting of Louisa and the team at Kitchens International that they would design and install a kitchen that looks good and is great to use and be in. I love the finished kitchen.”