Featured in Homes & Gardens Magazine,
Dream Kitchens - October 2015
The clients of my first kitchen commission were looking for a kitchen that looked long settled in their 200 year old house, that included quirky and unique features and that also provided them with the benefits of modern technology such as soft close pan drawers and integrated appliances.
With a split level central island separating cooking, serving and clear-up areas, the kitchen serves well as both an adult space to entertain (while hiding the mess of preparation) and also as a family kitchen where the three younger members can do homework sitting on the bar stools, while meals are being prepared.
If Mum and Dad are lucky, the clear-up and crockery storage area with Belfast sink and integrated dishwasher might even see some use by the boys on their way out the door!
Incorporated into the design were two key features that the clients had expressed a love of during the design process, one being the traditional apothecary with access ladders and the other a simpler version of an antique solid oak carved archway they had seen used in a French house over their range cooker.
The kitchen is constructed entirely of solid oak with plenty of character and is finished with oil that highlights the grain and completes the aged appearance of the cabinets. All brassware was initially cleaned and hand aged and left unlacquered to allow the natural ageing process to continue. The result being a kitchen that looks true to the age of the building and one that will continue to age naturally with the building over it's next 200 years.