A hand painted 1909 family kitchen
THE DEAS FAMILY – SHIPLAKE, OXFORDSHIRE
Creating a kitchen that transitioned sensitively into a formal dining and living area was the challenge when creating this kitchen.
The owners were embarking on a total agricultural-to-residential barn conversion and required a large, multi-purpose kitchen-living space that would serve as the hub of their sociable home.
The brief was extensive and needed to cover very different levels of activity within the space. This included creating an area for sociable cooking, a breakfast bar area for low-key casual dining, and incorporating a dining table for up to 20 people.
State-of-the-art appliances, sufficient for catering to large parties of up to 60 people, was a key requirement. They were also keen to include a distinct bar area and desired the kitchen space to flow effortlessly into the lounge, maximising views of the open countryside.
The kitchen was to be a thoroughly modern space, with a real ‘wow’ factor without spending ‘wow’ money.