HOUSE BEAUTIFUL SAYS...
‘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