Renovated Georgian Home: Classic meets contemporaryCountry Kitchen
The owners of this beautiful Georgian property have been renovating for over two years with one distinct aim: to transform their house from boring bricks and mortar into an entirely original home.
They wanted a kitchen that was sleek and stylish, but entirely open to put their own personal stamp on. All the units are hand-crafted from Quebec Yellow Timber and painted in Farrow & Ball ‘White’ to create a crisp, clean canvas for this modern couple. Warm English Oak worktops inject a sense of cheer and avoid the clinical feel that can accompany white installations. This minimal kitchen is finished with chrome knobs with square backplates and Scopwick Mouldings, for extra oomph.
Special features include a floor-to-ceiling wine rack, a concealed cutlery block and a Tepan Yaki hot plate deftly hidden under a chopping board to maximize space and functionality for this couple of keen cooks.
Photo: Chris Ashwin
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Corral with a nicheMike Ashwin of Hill Farm Furniture designed this traditional, stylish country kitchen – including this sneaky spot for stashing recipe books. Embedding storage into a wall like this means the items on display won’t leap out at you, minimising the risk of them overwhelming the space. Often, it’s also simply tidier.The column of books idea came about because a large fridge-freezer is tucked behind it. It made better sense, says Mike, than “just blanking off the ends and bringing the wall in” and winding up with dead space and a wasted storage opportunity. For balance, he added a cavity on the other side to mirror the bookshelves, and turned it into more open storage in the form of a wine rack.See more of this Georgian country kitchen in Nottinghamshire.
Give your cookbooks a separate homeA worktop is no place for books to live, though many of us do find ourselves using our cook prep surface as a makeshift library for such a collection. Not only will they get grimy with food spills, they’ll also take up valuable space.Do you instead have the room at the end of a run of cupboards or inside a stud wall to build in niche storage, flush to the surface, like this handy bookcase by Hill Farm Furniture? If possible, make it tall to maximise the available space.Tell us…How are your worktops looking? Share your inspiring/despairing descriptions or photos in the Comments section.
Make use of dead zonesThere are probably a few areas of your home that could be used for storage, say our experts. “Assess whether the storage you have is functioning well,” Denise O’Connor advises. “If you’re refurbishing, look for clever ways of incorporating more.” She suggests creating alcoves or recessed shelving in non-structural walls, and fitting a cubbyhole cabinet at the end of your bath. “The area under the stairs is often poorly utilised and there are some good companies that provide excellent bespoke solutions for maximising this space,” she adds.“Ideally, every centimetre of a home should be put to use,” Eva Byrne says. “An unused dark corner could make for a very useful storage space, perhaps with a full-height, built-in cupboard.”
Some neat recessed shelvingUnused wall space doesn’t have to go to waste. Here’s one way to turn a blank area into a dream storage solution that’s not only useful, but looks beautiful, too.The designers have built recessed shelving into stud walls on either side of the kitchen opening. Two columns of wine racks on one side and a bookcase for recipe books on the other has turned redundant space into a practical design feature. If you’re considering building recessed shelving in your kitchen, make sure you’re fitting it into a stud wall – a builder or carpenter will be able to advise you on finding the perfect solution.Looking for a builder for your project? Find a professional in your area.
Stay on the straight and narrowThese merest slivers of a wall are fitted with narrow, built-in shelves and cavities for books and wine. In-wall storage like this provides some insulation for your precious vintages, makes an interesting entrance to the room and creates a spot to pause while browsing recipe books or choosing a bottle to open with dinner.