As soon as you walk up to the door you know you’re entering a special space. Now transformed into a modern country kitchen with dramatic high ceiling beams, this beautiful kitchen in Mangotsfield has been magnificently transformed from an old cattle shed with some nifty modern gadgetry included.
Originally, the kitchen space was a section of the old grain stores which also housed cattle carts, becoming part of a mammoth project to renovate the entire house into a modern country home whilst keeping some of its old charm. Liza, the home owner, knew exactly the look she wanted, having the vision, passion and ideas to achieve a light, airy kitchen with amazing high wooden beams that makes the space visually huge! Exposed uneven, original stone walls and traditional country shaker style units, difficult to shape and fit into the uneven wall spaces, add character to this stunning fitted kitchen.
With lots of interior design experience Liza says she knew the colours she wanted wouldn’t do anything different. She matched the flooring to the green-grey cupboards and the orange/gold in the granite worktops too. Although, the granite worktops were harder to visualise, so Alec recommended going to Basingstoke to see them in the showroom in situe. Once Liza saw the worktop she could easily imagine it in the kitchen, so she knew it would be the right choice. The texture of the granite and colours, bouncing out from it look fantastic in the kitchen and although it is smooth to touch you instantly want to brush your fingers over it to try to feel all the different textures in it.
A 1940’s cream Aga has been lovingly restored and works so well, contrasting with the deep green traditional shaker style fitted kitchen, keeping the vast room warm through the colder months. Cosy, underfloor heating adds more warmth to the room making it even more snug. Incidentally, Eva, the dog was already sat there for this, I didn’t even set up the shot for this picture. You can tell she loves the kitchen just as much as the owners! The original farmhouse sink has also been restored to its former glory too.
Storage was another requirement on the wish list and there is plenty of it. Deep, stylish drawers for pots and pans, a huge pantry with chalkboards on the inside for handy shopping lists and plenty of shoe storage by the back door keep clutter at bay. There is even a special drawer rack for the red wine just above floor level so it stays at room temperature (remember underfloor heating). Alec really has ensured space is there for everything in a thoughtfully planned and well fitted kitchen, with special attention to Liza’s requirements plus a few other modern tech features that just look super cool. A mini sink installed on the kitchen island has boiling water to hand literally on tap, without the need to boil a kettle! The Neff extractor fan rises out majestically from the back of the kitchen island hob like a control panel in a spaceship.
Liza talks excitedly about Alec as a ‘brilliant’ kitchen designer and Paul – the kitchen fitter ‘a gem’ both with their attention to detail. Furniture was hand carved to fit the curve of the walls which were not straight at all and the communication was great. Alec contacted Liza when she needed to know something but without being over intrusive.
Favourite feature? The Neff extractor fan rising up out of the hob. It’s a great talking point when entertaining.
Overall, this kitchen has the wow factor not just because of the huge space but the way Liza has worked with Alec the kitchen designer and Paul to pull together a unique fitted kitchen in a class of its own.
Details of Kitchen: Windsor kitchen cabinets painted to match Farrow & Ball Pigeon – Belvedere Vintage look – ‘calming’
Kitchen Designer & Project Manager: Alec Yull
About Our Kitchen Designers: Each kitchen designer works on the kitchen projects from the start of planning and measuring, right through to the finished kitchen (and after sales too) so you as a customer can be confident in the knowledge you are dealing with one person on the project rather than several people in different departments. That’s the beauty of our personalised service.
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