Project notes: Matt Godfrey

Matt Godfrey shares his inspiration and ideas to help with your kitchen redesign

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black seimans hob

My go-to store

‘The team at The Underfloor Heating Store were really helpful. It was easy to lay the matting myself, and to hire the electrician to finish the wiring.’

Colour choices

‘The fitted units were a big part of the budget, so we wanted them to be neutral. In the past, we’ve made the mistake of buying furniture in strong colours that we later tired of. Gemma liked the idea of a feature wall to lift the room, but it took a while to find a colour we both wanted. Our choice, Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon, tones in with the worktops and the garden view.’

My top tip

‘Plan the electrics at an early stage. We found it quite difficult, but went with the idea that you can’t have too many power points. We have a pop-up socket in the island with electric and USB points, which is very handy. Also, get involved and do as much as you can yourself – you’ll save money and the sense of satisfaction is amazing.’

Siemens steam oven

I couldn’t live without…

‘…the steam oven. It locks in nutrients so it cooks healthily, and it’s so versatile. We use it for roasting, steaming, and making desserts.’

If I could change one thing…

‘…I might have waited until summer to begin the building work. Starting in February wasn’t ideal. It was snowy, wet and really cold, and there was a sea of mud outside. Our builder kept going, though, and luckily, the knock-through was the final stage, once the extension was watertight.’

Featured image: One of the couple’s best buys, the Duorol blinds in Binale 153 fabric cost from £227 for H75.5x W209cm

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