Country Homes & Interiors - - KITCHEN SPECIAL -

Us­ing re­claimed ma­te­ri­als in the kitchen is fast be­com­ing a fash­ion hit, thanks to the tac­tile charm of cab­i­netry and sur­faces made from nat­u­rally time­worn ma­te­ri­als – the more bat­tered, the bet­ter. ‘There’s sat­is­fac­tion to be found in re­pur­pos­ing ex­ist­ing ma­te­ri­als, par­tic­u­larly if their her­itage holds mean­ing, like this is­land unit made from beams sal­vaged from a lo­cal con­demned 15th-cen­tury barn,’ says cab­i­net­maker Nick Clay­ton. ‘Com­mis­sion­ing “new” cab­i­netry us­ing re­claimed ma­te­ri­als, rather than ren­o­vat­ing an­tique fur­ni­ture, means that you are start­ing from scratch so you can in­cor­po­rate mod­ern con­ve­niences such as soft-close draw­ers and in­te­grated power sock­ets.’

Be­spoke kitchen, from £21,000, Clay­ton Cab­i­nets; In­te­rior de­sign, Nikki Bailie.

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