The increasing number of home improvement magazines, websites and television programmes only increases the spot light on our own living spaces.  Together with relentless house price rises and the reformation of stamp duty in 2015,  homeowners are increasingly looking to add, upgrade or re-model their existing home.

According to the 2016 UK Houzz Kitchen Trends survey 69% of people use their kitchen space for eating and dining and almost half (48%) entertain there.  It is with this in mind, here at Contour we specialise in making the kitchen a multi zone room, with functional furniture for food storage and preparation, stylish dining options and if required a relaxing area in which to wind down or entertain friends and family.  Often our clients choose to create access to the garden by the use of glass, bi-fold or patio doors making a strong connection between outdoors and indoors.  This not only increases light levels but also makes the space feel bigger.

Our furniture is designed to be multifunctional meaning that options such as pocket doors positioned in front of a sink can be closed to hide food prep or washing up when a meal is ready to be served.  The advantage being that diners are surrounded by beautiful furniture rather than piles of washing up.

The Leicht cabinetry also allows for gadgets to be hidden with clever options such as charging zones behind rolling or sliding doors, worktops in different heights, niche shelving and homework/laptop stations.  Families are able to spend time together but also achieve a clutter free space.

We are increasingly designing "Super Kitchens" - an open plan space that serves as a dining room, family room and living room all rolled into one.  The best news of all however is that by re-modelling your kitchen space, you could increase the value of your home by 10-15%. Something to consider for 2016 perhaps.