Elisa Cook | East Finchley Kitchen Design

East Finchley N2

This was a very interesting project. The client is from a design background and had many ideas about what she wanted to incorporate into the kitchen. It’s mainly a modern handleless kitchen, but the tall units have handles which mixes it up a bit.

The colour of the cabinetry is Farrow and Ball Railings which is a beautiful rich colour. The client wanted to include some solid wood elements and we sourced a 60mm thick American walnut which then served as the shelf along the main wall and the end panel on her island.

Interestingly, my client wanted to have a slab of 30mm quartz sit on top of a 30mm slab of the matching walnut to make the island worktop thickness 60mm throughout and to correspond to the walnut end panel on the island. This was very unusual but makes for a very striking feature. You can just make out the look of this in the photographs.

For someone who has been doing this a long time, it was fun to try something new like this and I really enjoyed the project.

It was a pleasure to work with Elisa to design the kitchen for our new house; right from our first meeting through to standing together to admire the final result.  I had not designed a kitchen before and Elisa lead me through the process with her wealth of knowledge. Although I had an idea of how I wanted the kitchen to look, I had no idea about the practical details required to create a successful kitchen design. There were so many important questions; how much space should the bins have? How far from the oven does the hob need to be? One sink versus two sinks? All questions she could answer clearly with experience and confidence.

Elisa always offered her thoughts on the design but was never prescriptive and let me make the decisions. Any ideas I had, she looked at from a practical perspective and if she thought something would work she would help make it happen. She was also incredibly helpful in recommending products and talking through possible options.

Elisa gave me a very personal service. I felt she put an incredible amount of time and effort into the design and planning. She was even on site every day during the installation.

I’m delighted with the quality of the kitchen, which is fabulous. All the cabinetry is perfect, the finish to the paintwork is excellent and every drawer and cupboard work perfectly.

I would highly recommend working with Elisa on a kitchen design. I’m sure it will be a success!