The latest project from expert country house bespoke kitchen designers near Shaftesbury, Guild Anderson, was inspired by the fantastic space created by Louise Crossman Architects.
An old stone barn sited next to the main house has been transformed into a spacious kitchen/living/dining room. The new room is linked via a 15ft long glass hallway, with stunning views of a tranquil and private valley on Exmoor.
First impressions are of a bright, airy room with the majority of the windows fortunately positioned in the dining area and several roof lights overhead in the kitchen section. This is a great lighting situation from a designer’s point of view as it allows for all the practical elements needed in a kitchen for cooking preparation, serving and washing up, without compromising on storage as sometimes we need to in a smaller room.
However, such a large space (the floor area is 95m2) can be surprisingly daunting to create a combined living and work layout that is also homely. It helped in this case that there were clearly defined cooking and sitting areas and which were obvious from the earliest architectural plans.
The cooking area intersects dining at one end and sitting at the opposite end. The kitchen island is a notable feature of the new room so was important to strike the right note: very central with generous proportions, containing the hob on one side, a breakfast bar for the client’s teenage children on the other and a gently curving cabinet at the dining room end.
The majority of the kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Dimpse’ while the client decided on a deliciously rich and warm colour for the island, another Farrow & Ball called ‘Brinjal’. As always, the island was hand painted by Guild Anderson on site. In this case, this was particularly fortunate as the client was able to change from the original paint choice to a darker colour with more presence for such a central piece.
The island is made in an Arts and Crafts style to suit the slightly rustic nature of the barn and is followed through in the choice of cupboard and unit door handles. The final design was reached after several stages of approval by the client, and six separate designs submitted alone for the island, before narrowing to the final choice.
Stolford zip boilerOur clients enjoy entertaining and are keen cooks and the kitchen is certainly the central hub in this house. Most kitchen appliances chosen were Miele, with a free-standing Fisher & Paykel fridge freezer and a Zip boiling water tap (illustrated) in a drinks prep area for hot drinks. The Zip tap has a grill which acts as a ‘font’ meaning that no sink is needed.
Satisfyingly for all parties, the project ran smoothly with good coordination between architect and designers. After final designs were agreed, the bespoke kitchen was completed following approximately ten weeks of making and preparation in the Guild Anderson workshop and three weeks of installation and painting on site. As the project was completed on time and with no other issues or snagging to deal with, the client was able to move in to their new home as soon as installation was complete.