Deep in the English countryside and nestled in Old English forestry a fantastical house was recreated to provide a home for a couple.
Designing a substantial new three storey stone building around what was an existing inner courtyard , the builders used a blend of salvaged natural stone and new locally sourced Chilmark Stone. This is only the tip of the iceberg, with steel windows handmade in Italy, reclaimed Welsh slate and Dutch internal features many of which were sourced in reclamation yards from across Europe, this was a project which was four years in the planning and then another four for the build.
Commissioning Guild Anderson to design a kitchen befitting this striking new home, Nick Anderson and his team have embraced the enormity of the challenge with passion. With ceiling heights exceeding 3 metres, the scale of the kitchen design needed to be grand enough to fill the space, and yet retain a very pared-back Scandinavian aesthetic, as requested by the clients.
Nick advised the clients on Guild Anderson’s Bucknowle kitchen; a beautifully elegant design with turned legs, posts and trims, and panelled doors. All panels are consistent and aligned perfectly, creating a seamless line. This design originated in a dressing room, but has adapted wonderfully as a kitchen style. Accents can be in solid wood, or painted, and the style lends itself perfectly to a beautiful island; a true centrepiece of any large kitchen.
Nick filled the scale of the space by creating 4 distinct zones. The dishwashing area with Belfast sink, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer, and tall cabinetry to house the crockery and plate racks. The main preparation and cooking area combines base and double height wall cabinets with a magnificent island. The double width island houses utensil and bread drawers, a dishwasher, rubbish bins, warming oven and bar area.
In the preparation zone Nick incorporated a unique work surface. Here he made use of a felled Yew tree, found in our clients’ parkland grounds, the wood has been used sympathetically to form the end grain worktop and integrated compost bin.
Yew timber is incredibly strong and durable. Traditionally, the wood was used in turnery and to make long bows and tool handles. One of the World’s oldest surviving wooden artefacts is a yew spear head estimated to be around 450,000 years old.
Into this yew work surface we cut a small circular hole, removing a section to be used as a lid to a compartment that will house a compost bin below the surface. However it did not go unnoticed that yew wood is also toxic, and so a full toxicity report was obtained from Kew Gardens to ensure that the wood was safe to use!
This is just one way that we added bespoke design and precision carpentry skills to the kitchen; but ultimately we are adding sustainable composting benefits for our clients garden too!
An Everhot, along with both an induction and a ceramic hob, and Smeg extra-large oven, offer a selection of cooking options, as well as an integrated Miele Mastercool fridge. The marble lintel above the Everhot cooker was sourced exclusively by our clients from a European reclamation yard.
The Scandinavian styling was brought together by the colour scheme. All the base and wall cabinets are painted in a light and airy colour from Paint & Paper Library ‘Salt I’, while the island is Farrow & Ball’s ‘Inchyra Blue’, finished beautifully with antique brass edge pull handles from Joseph Giles Ltd.
The owner has married these two colours together beautifully in her chosen soft furnishings and the Swedish bureau and hardwood breakfast table gives warmth and contrast to the room’s overall feel.