The whole building was originally a barn used to accommodate livestock and had to be converted into a living space. The planning permission specified that the wooden ceiling beams needed to kept on the interior so the kitchen had to be planned around these beams. The brief was for a modern kitchen with a modern design, which however had to incorporate an Aga. The kitchen is part of the living/dining space of the main room of the barn conversion and had to both look stylish and integrate into the space.
The kitchen is a melange of the modern with the traditional. The streamlined handleless Bauformat units and Silestone worksurface contrast with the Aga and the natural tumbled limestone of the kitchen floor. The client loved the violet high gloss door by Bauformat and thought the colour was extremely contemporary and would accessorise well with green, touches of which she knew she wanted to introduce to the kitchen. The client specifically wanted to have the sink in the island to afford a view over the distant Malvern Hills, so the configuration of the other appliances and storage space was designed with this in mind. The quooker Fusion tap is used predominately with a kettle still in use for coffee mornings.
The Client particularly loves the functionality of the ‘work triangle’ where the sink is adjacent to the dishwasher on the island, with the built in fridge behind and the cooker to one side. Another favourite part of the functionality of the kitchen is what has become the ‘office’ – or the three spacious storage cupboards tucked under the breakfast bar, ‘The design is very good and I can’t complain about anything’, comments the Client.