Dark Oak and Gravel bulthaup b3

Very often clients need careful guidance to help them from initial showroom visit to agreed final design, however sometimes a couple approach us who already have a keen sense of what type of colours and finishes they are looking for. This, along with the requirement to retain the existing limestone floor, formed the basis of the initial design discussion.

The previous kitchen had an awkward and somewhat fractured layout consisting of two islands, one which featured a prep sink. We were keen to unite all fundamentals of the kitchen into a striking and very functional entertainment space, understated whilst still providing that all important wow factor.

bulthaup b3 kitchen with dekton breakfast bar and seating
dark oak tall cabinets and gravel base units in bulthaup b3 kitchen

Working within the constraints of the existing floor and service locations, we settled on one huge island with a raised breakfast bar. The bar itself extends out from the island and is supported by a plinth clad in oak veneer. The plinth not only serves as support for the bar but also conceals the existing water waste pipe from the previous layout.

The island neatly separates the kitchen into two halves or ‘zones’, with the larger sink, pull-out spray-tap and Quooker boiling water tap serving the cooking side whilst the opposite side features a smaller sink and Quooker Fusion tap, conveniently located near the drinks area. The sinks are offset which allows for a fantastic prep space on the island, no matter which side you use.

hobsons choice bulthaup designer kitchen in countryside home
hobsons choice bulthaup b3 kitchen in gravel dark oak and natural aluminium in country property

The island, hob run and drinks area also feature many drawers in various widths and heights which imparts fantastic flexibility with regards to storage options. This is further enhanced by three tall larder units at 600mm, 750mm and 1200mm wide, all of which include internal drawers as well as adjustable shelves for the ultimate in organisation.

The contrast between the finishes and materials is what really makes this kitchen standout. We opted for practical and functional bulthaup gravel laminate on most of the base units whilst highlighting the tall units with a real oak wood veneer. One of the clients is a keen cook and thus durable Dekton was a natural choice and the veining imparts a marble appearance with none of the compromises. The 90mm Neolith breakfast bar has a slight texture to it which is very pleasing not only to the touch but to the eye as well.

The completed kitchen not only oozes understated luxury and quality but is packed full of useful and functional elements that makes this both a cook’s dream and an entertainers delight.’

bulthaup b3 kitchen wall units and gaggenau wine cooler
gaggenau extractor over miele induction hob in bulthaup b3 kitchen
bulthaup b3 kitchen in gravel and dark oak
hobsons choice bespoke kitchen storage cabinet in bulthaup b3


bulthaup b3 kitchen furniture

  • ‘Black-Brown Dull Matte’ structured oak tall cabinets with a vertical grain
  • ‘Gravel’ laminate base units and island
  • ‘Natural’ aluminium wall panelling behind hob
  • Touch opening and aluminium G2 handles
  • Special bulthaup b3 larder storage unit
  • Soap dispenser
  • LED swivel lamps


  • 20mm ‘Entzo’ Dekton
  • 90mm ‘Iron Moss’ Neolith Breakfast bar / Table


  • Miele Pureline – 60cm Oven / Steam + Micro Oven / Micro Combi Oven / Induction hob / Dishwater
  • Gaggenau 400 Extractor Hood / Vario Wine Cooler
  • Siemens Fridge / Freezer
  • Quooker PRO3 Fusio Round Chrome Tap / Nordic Round Tap


  • Blanco Andano Stainless Steel Sink
  • Blanco Culina-S High-rise Mixer Tap

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