Modern linear kitchen refurbishment | Knaresborough | More Kitchens

Published: 7 May 2024

We’ve recently completed a new kitchen refurbishment in Knaresborough for a couple who wanted an organisation that offered a fully project-managed service.

In this case study we detail the steps we went through to deliver them with a brand new linear kitchen design.



Mr. and Mrs. Whitby had an existing modern kitchen design. Inside the kitchen, they had a wood unit effect finish, with white glossy kitchen worktops and kitchen appliances. Next to the kitchen was a utility room that they often used and wanted to include in the refurbishment project.

The couple wanted to make changes to the kitchen and utility, to make the space more personal in terms of a functional design that met their requirements. In addition, the couple wanted to find the right company that were experienced and could deliver a full design and fit service.


They began searching online for a company that could deliver a fully project-managed service and came across our More Kitchens brand and decided to make a trip to our stunning kitchen showroom in Harrogate.

Upon visiting, they were met by our showroom consultant Leanne. They expressed to Leanne that they had found us online and wanted more information to see if we could help them with their project. Guiding them around the showroom, to see the various kitchen designs we had on display, Leanne explained to the couple the history of More Kitchens and how it sits as one of Passmore Group’s brands.

Happy with the information they had received and impressed with the products and quality of the showroom, the couple booked a free design appointment.

Our experienced kitchen designer Simon visited the couple at their home to go through the initial design stages of the kitchen refurbishment.

Mr. and Mrs. Whitby showed Simon the existing kitchen and the utility room, where measurements were taken before the trio sat down to have an in-depth conversation to see if Simon could come up with a brand-new concept.

The couple communicated to Simon their ideas, and that they were leaning towards a modern kitchen design with contemporary handless units.

They also wanted their utility to be completely renovated and to reflect the same kitchen design to ensure design synergy between the two rooms. This included exploring the option of an easier access point from the utility to the kitchen.

Aside from their ideas, the couple wanted Simon’s input given his kitchen design expertise, and to offer his opinion on the new concept.

After listening and taking notes Simon agreed with Mr and Mrs Whitby that since they were looking for handless units with modern aesthetics that a Linear kitchen design would work perfectly and showed them a few examples.

This would be a minimalist design with a clean look and would present the chance to fit high-quality worktops.

Simon also had a solution to their dilemma of accessing the kitchen through the utility and proposed a utility cupboard that would access the other side of the kitchen.

Simon then sketched a drawing to show them how the new kitchen and utility refurbishment would look and to also gave them a visual presentation of how the double-end unit would allow access into the kitchen from the utility.

Impressed, both by our process and Simon’s design, the three of them managed to collaborate and come up with a new design, to which they were more than happy to move on to the next stage of our fully project-managed service.

Simon scheduled them for a presentation appointment back at our Harrogate showroom and handed them with a quote for the works, which they were more than happy with.

During the presentation, Simon displayed detailed CAD visuals to help the couple envision how the kitchen and utility would look finished, afterward he then guided them around the showroom to make any final kitchen finishing touches.

Once they were satisfied with the choices that they had made, Mr and Mrs Whitby proceeded to place an order.

Modern linear kitchen refurbishment | Knaresborough | More Kitchens

Prior to the kitchen fitting the couple were introduced to Rob our Kitchens project manager who visited the couple to talk them through the installation process and answer any questions they may have.

He would be their first point of contact and would liaise with the fitter throughout the fitting process.

Our multi-skilled fitter Andy ripped out the existing kitchen and utility and fit in a brand-new linear kitchen design.

Fit around the kitchen were cool metro-sage green finish cabinets mixed with a few white wall-hung units finished with accent lighting fit under the units, this would allow the couple to dim the main spotlights and just use the accent lighting to affect the overall mood.

Two tall ladder units were fitted with an integrated oven and combi microwave kitchen appliances, which made the design more sleek and would reduce the chances of them straining their back, with the eye level.

The metro-sage green cabinet that followed around the room was fitted with a Miami trim rear-fix steel handle. The slim horizontal trims were fit inline at the top of the cabinet this would still give the customers the clean minimalist modern aesthetic look that they craved.

Finishing the cabinetry design was the gorgeous white sparkle gloss worktop following the design of the metro-sage green cabinets.

It was curved off at the end with an extra worktop to leave space for a chair if a user wanted to sit in the kitchen.

Keeping to the design synergy new integrated hob appliances were fit as part of the new worktop design.

Finishing the installation the floor was replaced and fit with rigid loc Paris Oak flooring, to match the overall theme of the kitchen.

The utility room was renovated as per the plan. For a seamless design the units, cabinet and flooring were fit with the same items as the in the kitchen.

This completed the entire renovation process of the kitchen, Mr. and Mrs Whitby had been delivered with the concept that they had in their head.

We displayed our expertise to fully manage the kitchen and solving every problem along the way to ensure that Mr and Mrs Whitby were happy with our service.

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Senior Designer

Simon joined Passmore’s in the later part of 2017 following 20 successful years at interior design giants, Norwood Interiors, where he designed high quality kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms.

Starting his career at a young age Simon worked at a bathroom business in Huddersfield where he hand drew perspective design concepts having gained a HND qualification in interior design.

Working in and around the industry ever since, Simon now heads up the design and surveying team at Passmores. Working directly with the More Bathrooms & More Ability brands Simon's aim is to adopt a more collaborative approach making our ‘sales’ processes smoother and more efficient.

Bringing with him his years of experience, industry knowledge, natural design ability and creative flare Simon is also keen to keep a firm hand in designing and surveying projects for our domestic customers.

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