House Beautiful (UK) - - Kitchen Makeover -

‘The sim­plic­ity of the units con­trasts with the or­nate mould­ings and sash

win­dows, while the var­i­ous wood fin­ishes link the room as a whole.’

Why did you re­place the kitchen?

The house had pre­vi­ously been rented out and, although the space was func­tional, the cab­i­nets were ba­sic and looked worn. We also felt that its style wasn’t in keep­ing with the el­e­gance of the house.

What was your orig­i­nal plan for the project?

I wanted a room that was easy to work in and in­cluded well-made fur­ni­ture. It needed to have plenty of work­tops and some­where to sit and eat. Also, the house has a lot of lovely orig­i­nal de­tails and we were keen for them to be a key as­pect of the room.

De­scribe your start­ing point for the de­sign

It was to keep the style as sim­ple and stream­lined as pos­si­ble, while mak­ing a state­ment with the ma­te­ri­als we used.

How did you de­cide on the fin­ish of the cab­i­nets?

Our aim was to cre­ate some­thing quite rus­tic, ro­bust and prac­ti­cal, and we worked with cab­i­net­maker and de­signer Luke McHardy, who’d al­ready helped us in other ar­eas of the house. He was able to get the qual­ity and feel right, plus it was done ef­fi­ciently and on time. He spent a lot of time and put in a lot of ef­fort to find the re­claimed wood for the is­land unit and made the re­main­ing units in birch ply­wood, some of which were painted.

Did you learn any­thing from the process?

Def­i­nitely – the tremen­dous value of good crafts­man­ship and hav­ing the help of a de­signer who can find so­lu­tions that will work beau­ti­fully in pe­riod ar­chi­tec­ture.

Are you happy with the out­come?

The kitchen is such a great space to be in. I love its func­tional sim­plic­ity, and the tex­ture of the wood cre­ates a re­ally lovely am­bi­ence. Off-white walls work well to keep the space bright and open, while al­low­ing the pe­riod features to stand out.

UNITS Han­dle­less cupboards add to the stream­lined look

OPEN-PLAN SPACE A pared-back din­ing area leads from the kitchen

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