Mr and Mrs T built a large extension onto their house in Farnham. The brief was for a ‘big family space’ where they could enjoy being in the hub of the house, preparing, cooking and eating food with family and friends.
Part of the brief was to keep the existing AGA, but to re-site it. An AGA will look better situated in an alcove or under a chimney (often faux). For practical and functional reasons all other cooking appliances such as hobs and electric ovens were housed in the same area as the AGA.
The centre island was designed with a prep sink, food storage and preparation area, with an overhang for family and friends to sit at. The client chose South African, Nero Impala, black granite worktops throughout. The pale duck egg hues of the island units were offset beautifully against a traditional stone floor, which would be easy to maintain in a busy family kitchen.
Note, there are no visible beams, giving an uninterrupted ceiling area. This creates a feeling of space and makes the kitchen look bigger.
We designed an over mantle to surround them all and created a faux chimney to complete the look.
The cabinets were made with raised and fielded panels on the doors, which were painted on site after they were installed.
To elevate the traditional feel and add a subtle and contemporary touch to the new kitchen, we fitted stainless steel handles to the cabinets. Handles are important, therefore lots of time is spent deliberating over which style and material looks best.
Note the glass on the cupboard doors. We sand blasted the glass so one can get a hint of what is in the cupboards but one doesn’t have to keep them super neat and tidy!