Minimal Master

Minimal Master

Minimal Master

Modern Design and Fresh Colours Create Simplicity in this Surrey Kitchen.


Tired of their dated kitchen, which was installed over 27 years ago, this Surrey couple yearned for a fresh look. “The kitchen was extremely jaded, the maple cathedral arched doors had yellowed with age and the brown floor to ceiling tiling was overpowering,” recalls Kate. The brief was to have a more modern design with easy-to-look-after units with no grooves where dirt could harbour.

“The client’s friend recommended us which meant that they knew the level of service they were going to receive from the outset,” said Kate.


A full installation service was required by the client, which Sanctuary provided with their multi-skilled members of staff. A complete removal was undertaken including wall and floor tiles and all walls were bonded and re-plastered. “Full electrics were replaced by our in-house NICEIC approved electrician, all plumbing replaced, all furniture fitted and finally everything decorated to give a full turnkey service,” explains Kate. A new tiled floor completed the transformation with tiled skirting boards for low maintenance.


“The client was very clear that they wanted easy-to-look-after units so kitchen units with no handles were the obvious answer and the client was also very adamant he wanted a matt lacquered kitchen with a seam free door surface,” said Kate. Pyram Furniture has the perfect handle-less kitchen, with a lower plinth height of 100 mm and a deeper drawer box of 500 mm, therefore giving 15 % more storage per unit than many other suppliers on the market. “Pyram furniture is available in many colours as standard and also the option of 1600 additional special colour requests meant that anything was possible,” recalls Kate.

The other issue in the kitchen, was the boiler cupboard, having been built as part of the construction of the house, it had arched doors, which would not match the new streamlined kitchen. “I suggested removing the doors and architrave and re-building the front to have flat doors that could be painted the same colour as the walls to blend in,” describes Kate.


Quartz worktops were chosen in Silestone, Iron Bark that gave the client a very durable non-porous surface. The cream doors to the units were a good neutral to start with and ‘Olive Oil‘ from Little Green Company paints was chosen to harmonise with them.

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The client still wanted to eat in their kitchen for breakfast and snacks. “They had previously had a table made up to a special size to fit perfectly into their kitchen and so I suggested that they reuse this, remove the table top and have a new top made in the same Silestone as the worktops,” recalls Kate. The table legs and chairs were then painted in the Olive Oil Little Green Company paint to match the walls.


The client was a keen cook and advocate of Miele. “Her existing cooking appliances were Miele and due to their reliability she would not of dreamt of buying or using anything else in her kitchen,” says Kate. Sanctuary has a close relationship with Miele, as one of their partners and provider of all their appliances in their showroom so this worked in the client’s interests. “Another problem in the kitchen which we see very often these days is the ‘bumping your head’ on the extraction appliance problem. So the Franke Maris Plus Extraction was a practical solution as it is angled away from the wall,” explains Kate.

Lighting and Accessories

Under cupboard LED lighting was factory fitted into the thickness of the carcasses to give good task lighting throughout the kitchen, which was complimented by the LED ceiling lighting. “Toughened glass was template and fitted to incorporate socket cut-outs and cream was chosen which matched the doors perfectly and gave the room lots of reflection,” recalls Kate.

The quality of the products made us decide to proceed with our order. We are very pleased with the result.

Mr & Mrs H, Surrey