Cabin in the woods in IrelandMidcentury Kitchen, London
Alison Hammond Photography
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Maximise room heightIt might seem counterintuitive, but buying a bungalow can actually offer you more vertical space than a regular house, when you consider the potential for internal room height.“Single-level houses can provide a much better opportunity to create taller, high-level spaces as you don’t have any rooms above to inhibit your design ambition,” says Barnard. “Vaulted ceilings are a real possibility, and the introduction of high-level roof lights can bring natural light into the heart of the main spaces.”This comes with its own challenges though, as it follows that a large expanse of roof space will need to be well insulated to prevent heat loss, so this will need to be considered at design stage.
Go retroA dreamy retreat doesn’t need to cancel out your love of midcentury style. This enticing kitchen in a lakeside cabin in County Westmeath, Ireland, cleverly combines traditional country style (solid cabinetry in a dark hue, butler sink, tongue-and-groove wall panelling) with the clean lines of Eames chairs, a curvy, 1950s-style wooden dining table, and original Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen 4/3 pendant lamps in orange.Be inspired, too, by the rug. Kitchen rugs appear in lots of Houzz US photos, but in far fewer UK and Ireland ones. It’s a shame, as they’re such an instant cosy-upper in a cottage-style kitchen, where you want to linger over warming, hearty, candlelit dinners, forgetting to turn on the TV. If you’re worried about stains on a kitchen rug, choose one with a stain-friendly pattern, like this, and ensure it’s washable.
Distance between base units and tableA minimum distance of 100cm will work here, meaning that a kitchen design comprising a straight run of units and a table will need to be 350cm wide. This allows for 100cm each side of a 90cm table and a worktop depth of 60cm. A wider table would upset this balance, but could be accommodated by substituting one row of chairs for a bench placed along the wall.
Work a retro vibeThe kitchen in this quirky cabin in the woods triumphs in its use of retro furniture against traditional units. Never be afraid to mix styles in this way, because you could create something special. Trawl local junk shops to find a midcentury gem or hunt for bargains online.Touches of bold colour in your fittings and accessories will also set this look off: here, the dark grey cabinets work well with the red pendant lights, bright kilim and artwork.Discover ways to showcase art in your kitchen
Houzz at a Glance Who lives here Egon Walesch, an interior designer, and Richard Goodwin, a management consultantProperty A 1960s bungalowSize 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Location County Westmeath, on the shore of Lough ReeThis characterful lakeside cottage has been in Egon’s family for many years. His parents bought it in the mid 1970s and rented it out, along with a small clutch of chalets on the lake. Then, in the 1980s, Egon and his parents moved into the cabin while they built a family home nearby, so it holds many memories.When he inherited the chalet in 2010, Egon was keen to retain its integrity as a rustic lakeside cabin and build on the heritage of this special place.