‘It’s a welcoming and friendly space now’
Louise and Ryland Morgans extended their small kitchen and swapped a severe, monochrome scheme for a warm, characterful country look suited to family life and entertaining friends
HOW louise AND RYLAND DID it
‘We lived with the old kitchen for more than two years and, although it was functional, it just wasn’t our style. For a large house, the kitchen was disproportionately small. We decided to knock together the kitchen and the adjoining utility, and add an extension. Oriel Architects designed the structure and the project took six months. Chalkhouse Kitchens painted and installed the units for £2,800, and our designer was willing to use email and Skype to keep the project on track. I wanted a style that would suit our Edwardian home, but with a modern twist. I initially considered a dark navy finish, but worried that it would date too quickly. I love the new design and the warm, organic materials we’ve used. It looks like it’s always been here.’
What WE LEARNED
“It’s essential to factor in a healthy contingency fund, as we discovered. Despite the unexpected expense of a structural support beam that was required across the length of the kitchen, we kept to our budget, because we had put aside the extra money, just in case”
rise & fall lights TRADITIONAL FRENCHSTYLE CERAMIC LIGHTING CAN BE RAISED OR LOWERED, AS NEEDED Ideal Home loves Multifunctional islands A centre island with open shelving gives easy access to everyday crockery, plus bar-style seating ABOVE ‘I NEEDED...
‘MAKING THE ROOM LARGER GAVE US ENOUGH SPACE TO HAVE AN ISLAND UNIT FOR GUESTS AND FAMILY TO GATHER AROUND,’ SAYS LOUISE. ‘BEFORE, EVERYONE WOULD BE IN THE LIVING ROOM, SO THE KITCHEN ALWAYS FELT ISOLATED’ Shaker units, £480 for a 600mm base unit;...
‘MY OLD GLASS HOB WAS HARD TO CLEAN,’ SAYS LOUISE. ‘THIS TRADITIONAL-STYLE RANGE HAS ALL MOD CONS, AS WELL AS THE LOOK I WAS AFTER’ Professional 100 + range cooker, £1,600, Rangemaster HANDSOME HOOD HIDES THE BIG EXTRACTOR NEEDED TO SERVE THE RANGE...
ABOVE ‘I USED WHITE METRO TILES FOR THE SPLASHBACK TO GIVE A CLEAN LOOK WITH A MODERN TWIST,’ SAYS LOUISE Mini Metro white gloss tiles, £30.22 per sq m, Tons Of Tiles. Oyster Quartz Carrara Classico worktops, £360 per m, Cardiff Marble
A PULL-OUT RACK FILLS A SPARE FEW INCHES IN A RUN OF UNITS