’From the very start, our ideas were understood and implemented, and our confidence in Mat led to a trusting relationship with the whole design. The quality and workmanship throughout were impeccable and the process, in a nutshell, was a pleasure.’
owners, judith & keith
Creating a kitchen in which Keith could indulge his passion for cooking was our brief. With experience on their hands from renovating previous homes, the couple knew exactly what they wanted in their spacious, period kitchen. This involved incorporating some of the Victorian features and existing cabinets within a contemporary scheme and knocking down a dividing wall between the original kitchen and dining rooms to make a large living and kitchen space.
Wanting to bring 21st century designs and lifestyle into harmony with period details and cabinetry, the clients requested the combination of understated beauty and traditional craftsmanship in a practical, highly functional kitchen that would meet the needs of a professional cook.
We undertook a complete renovation of the existing Victorian cabinets, by removing the doors, stripping everything back to bare wood, repairing any damage, re-painting and re-hanging. In order to create new cabinets that would emulate the style of the old whilst also introducing a contemporary element, we opted for in-frame, hand-painted cupboards with a quirk-bead detailing around the apertures. Our task also included enlarging the chimney breast to accommodate a four-oven Aga and then integrating the new design with the original, full-height cupboards.
In order to create a more social space we blurred the boundaries between the kitchen and dining areas by extending the cabinet runs into the dining area. Opening up the two rooms made the most of the estuary views, and by replacing wall cabinets with simple shelving we further increased the sense of space and light.
In addition to the successful work in the kitchen and laundry room we were asked back to design and install a large library bookcase for Judith's antique children's books.