Kitchen Focus: Spacious Country Kitchen
When you have a large space to work with, there is room to place every feature in its perfect position. The owners of a detached house in Ringland in Norfolk invited us to upgrade their spacious country kitchen. They were happy with the basic layout, but wanted better quality units and appliances. Right from our initial discussion, it was clear that there were a few problems that needed fixing.
With young grandchildren that often came to visit, the client was concerned that there should be no sharp corners on the large kitchen island. We designed curved cupboard doors for the four corners of the island that maximised internal storage space while keeping safety firmly in mind. The client liked the style, so we included it in the wall units either side of the overmantel. All the cupboards were hand-painted in Dimity by Farrow and Ball.
In keeping with the theme of curved edges, the client wanted a thick worktop of blue pearl granite for their kitchen island. To get the desired thickness we used two slabs of 20mm and shaped it into a double-edged profile – the top slab had a lamb’s tongue profile and the bottom slab, a roundover. We cut a matching profile into the 40mm Oak worktops used for the kitchen run.
Prior to our redesign, the client had kept the microwave beneath the worktop. They told us how impractical it was to keep having to bend down, but they didn’t want to start cluttering up their worktop with appliances (we wrote about the trend for clutter free worktops a couple of weeks ago). We solved this by integrating a microwave into the cupboard units at eye-level. We also installed a rangemaster and a deep ceramic Belfast sink. Either side of the kitchen island there is now a wine rack – one chilled, one room temperature.
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