We have been fortunate to have designed several bespoke kitchens and pantries for houses in Bath in Somerset, a city itself steeped in design history. We are currently working on a property in Sydney Buildings and have previously worked on Lansdown Terrace, Sion Hill and the Royal Crescent.
We love Bath! It has an incredible history and design heritage and our period aesthetic fits well among the Georgian architecture. Founded by the Romans who built the famous thermally heated Spas, the city went onto become an important wool trading centre alongside the other Somerset town of Frome which sits 30 miles to the south.
It was in the 18th Century when Bath morphed into the city we are familiar with today, when George III developed what was then a town into an architectural gem of Palladian houses and buildings. This attracted visors across England to visit the fashionable centre and to take advantage of the spa’s healing properties.
Today, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, principally because of the Temple of Sulis Minerva and bath complex as well as the grandiose neo classical buildings, terraces, and squares which are such as good example of brilliant town planning and urban design.
Houses in Bath can present a challenge when bespoke kitchen design is converned. Firstly, there is the planning which is rightly protective of the cities numerous listed buildings. This makes getting a project off the ground often troublesome. Secondly there is the architecture itself which is often tall, narrow and compromised by stairs.
Bath houses were designed by architects such as John Woods, Robert Adam and Thomas Baldwin for families with a very different way of living. For us to design period kitchens for modern families can present a challenge. Often Bath houses had their kitchens and pantries located in the basement, out of sight and smell from the families living in them.
Nowadays of course our clients prefer to use the lighter upstairs rooms which were often originally intended for use as dining rooms and drawings rooms. This often requires deft handling with the planners, and creative thinking with regards to plumbing and kitchen extraction.
Architecture and baths aside, the other main continuing success in Bath is its University which was recently voted by the readers of The Sunday Times as University of the Year.