Case Study: A Georgian Kitchen Extension, Wiltshire
Guild Anderson’s knowledge of historical houses came into play during planning for a kitchen extension in a 17th century Wiltshire house with a pretty Georgian façade.
Guild Anderson were brought in at an early stage to work with Wilton architects, Classic Architecture. Nick Anderson explains how it can provide huge advantages for architect, client and designer to work together on the flow and layout of the house from the outset of a renovations project.
Style: Modern Shaker
Planning a kitchen sympathetic to the style of a house is key to Guild Anderson’s design approach. In this instance, the client wanted the new kitchen and utility/boot room extension to reflect the house’s heritage but at the same time to appear modern, simple and spacious.
Guild Anderson’s Modern Shaker style fitted the specification very well. The clean lines and elegantly proportioned central island bring a timelessness but are practical too, providing under counter storage and breakfast bar.
Contemporary touches show with the choice of recessed, brushed stainless-steel handles and are carried through with the mix of surface tops: a 50mm thick, solid oak worksurface with a white oil finish and a 50mm thick, polished concrete top housing a Belfast sink.
The eye is drawn to a traditional long plate rack above the sink. For practical storage and display, it is modelled on an historic plate rack at Lanhydrock in Cornwall and contrasts well with the contemporary feel of the kitchen. Crafted like the original in oak and with a dark oil stain, it has been specifically hand made to fit the client’s plate size with a mixture of slot sizes for different plates and bowls. Opposite, stands a bespoke dresser given a distressed finish, to soften and add character and age to the room.
The project centred on opening up the kitchen extension to create a large, light and airy room with good access from kitchen to garden. Large windows and full height glass doors helped lighten the room and the kitchen was widened with a conservatory dining room.
Having so few walls in the kitchen created a challenge for Guild Anderson’s design team: how to maintain good storage with few wall hanging cabinets?
Nick sees many kitchen-dining rooms with a high proportion of windows/door to wall ratio, so is experienced at finding solutions, the oak plate rack being one example.
The second challenge was the relatively low ceiling height: full cupboards would have made the room look too heavy, so all units have been kept low. In this kitchen, there is only one tall storage cabinet, built for a double oven unit.
The central island artfully houses a drawer dishwasher and cabinets. The refitted utility room provides good back up storage for crockery and items not needed every day.
Guild Anderson’s design team’s early involvement in the architectural drawings avoided any potential structural issues that might have been tricky and costly to amend later – as well as helping to complete a successful and enjoyable renovations project on time and within budget.