Contemporary barn conversionContemporary Kitchen, London
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Protect but don’t concealAn exposed brick wall is a feature you probably wouldn’t want to cover, but the surface still needs protection from splashes from the hob. In this kitchen, a glass panel ensures the wall isn’t hidden, but won’t get splattered, either. It’s possible to buy off-the-peg glass splashbacks that echo standard appliance widths if you’re fitting one like this. Alternatively, of course, you can get a design made bespoke for your room.
Plan heating, plumbing and electrics earlyThe functionality of the new space must be properly supported by utility services, so thoroughly plan your heating, lighting and electrics. You might go for underfloor heating to save wall space, or you might extend the existing central heating system (but be sure an engineer calculates the BTU requirements and capability of the existing boiler). Also make provisions for any hot and cold water supplies if you’re planning to install a basin, toilet or shower.With lighting and electrics, it’s important to plan for plenty, to avoid having to add in cables, sockets and lights at a later date.
Expose the building’s fabricA successful barn conversion offers a clever balance of exposed original stonework and smooth plastered walls – with the key word here being balance. Too much stone is overpowering, while too much plaster hides the story of the building. Such a backdrop is perfect for an industrial-style kitchen like this, proving there are far more workable options than sticking to the expected traditional country combo of Shaker units teamed with an Aga.