The owners of this beautiful home came to us with ideas for an open-plan country kitchen-diner-entertaining space. They wanted to blend inside with outside, with large glass doors leading directly into the garden for a show-stopping, bright atmosphere. With teenage children, the island was a necessity, wanting to create a space for everyone to convene together, involving the whole family in day-to-day activities. With a striking single-wall cabinetry design, the homeowners have achieved a modern, sleek appearance, without compromising on storage space.
By stacking the ovens and integrating the fridge-freezer, opposite the double-width larder, we designed a symmetrical and contemporary layout. The contrasting floating shelves bridge the gap over the sink, adding textural intrigue and style. The floor-to-ceiling larder was custom designed for ample storage, with bespoke carpentry accommodating a multitude of dry goods and small appliances.
The homeowners opted for a Smeg hob central to the room, incorporating it within the island, enhancing the social flow. With a built-in downward extraction, the ceiling is unencumbered by bulky hoods, increasing the height and airiness. By designing a bespoke u-shaped cutlery drawer under the extraction, the homeowners could make use of an otherwise wasted area. The work surfaces are a customised Kashmera quartz in a soft white, offset with gentle grey feathering- oozing opulence.
The cabinets- crafted in a traditional Shaker style- have been hand-painted in Farrow and Ball Studio Green- an intriguing blend of their more popular blue and green shades- which changes subtly with the waning light. The large country kitchen was more than able to accommodate the substantial island, with plenty of seating for the whole family, and custom storage in abundance- a mixture of deep and shallow drawers, and cupboards. Hidden sockets with USB ports are a handy little feature, enabling the use of laptops and kitchen appliances around the island.