Averyl Dufour. Kitchen. September 13th , 2017.
After hiring an architect, the pair made a start on the renovations. The biggest challenge was how to reconfigure the middle of the house. ‘The wall between the front living room and the dining room had been removed by the previous owners, so we reinstated it to create a “grown-up” lounge,’ say the couple. ‘We then allocated the darkest space for a downstairs cloakroom and storage.
The white worktop is a simple contrast to the pine boards. For a lived-in look, the builder sourced the floorboards from a demolished Victorian house. ‘They give great character to the room,’ say the couple. The owners chose a feature wallpaper for the dining area to give the space depth and detail. ‘Wallpaper can work well in a kitchen,’ they say. ‘We went for a dramatic design and we love the feeling it gives you of walking into a woodland scene. Although the pattern is bold, the colour is a subtle grey, which brings a feeling of tranquillity to a large open-plan room like this.
o help them plan the new space, the pair found a local kitchen company. ‘Despite all the changes. our existing range cooker stayed in its original position, which really helped to save time and money,’ they say. ‘And to keep the look traditional, the builder lowered the chimney to conceal the cooker hood and ducting. It looks great, yet we have all the benefit of a modern kitchen.
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