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When designing the kitchen, it was important to create a space that made an impact, that was practical for family life and entertaining friends, also incorporating up-to-date appliances without overshadowing this historic feature. A sympathetic, shaker style kitchen was the best option, a large focal island creates an impact upon entering the space. A curved oak butchers block was incorporated into the island, complimenting the round watermill and old oak beams beautifully.

Truly bespoke, all the cupboards had to be handcrafted in different heights to work inside this quirky old building. Etchings of fret work found on some old original shutters in the house were taken and incorporated onto various kitchen cupboards, a unique detail that was very important to the customer. The customer enjoys antiquing in their spare time; therefore it was important to have designed spaces such as open shelving and little nooks for the customer to display their treasures.

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A tall dresser centred at the end of the island hides a fridge and freezer. Tall units in the far corner supply much needed storage along with a hidden drinks cabinet for coffee mornings, evenings and general day to day use, away from the main cooking area. The main working area on the island allows the customer to enjoy the pretty views of their duck pond which is just beyond their dining table, whilst they are cooking and baking.

There is little natural light in this space and so it was decided that the kitchen be painted in a soft, light blue-grey. This also complimented the lake outside and beautiful tranquil garden which the kitchen looks out on.

Once completed, it truly was the most picturesque place to enjoy a cup of tea and cook for friends.

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Project cost: £64,000.00

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