With their children grown up and pursuing further education, the owners of this property wanted to turn their home into a sophisticated space the whole family could enjoy. Although generously sized, it was a typical period property with a warren of dark rooms that didn’t suit modern life. As avid foodies and cooks, the family wanted an open kitchen-dining area where they could entertain their friends, with plentiful storage and a connection to the garden.
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The house resides in a conservation area, so there were restrictions in place which limited what the clients could change. However, with a revised planning application, Hux London (who are a market leading joinery specialist) and their Design and Build project partners, Zulufish, were able to implement the new layout and open up the ground floor. Thereby moving the kitchen from the middle to the back of the house to make it the hub of the home.
As a favourite colour of the clients already, ultra-marine blue became the starting point for the kitchen and ground floor design. This fresh hue also extends into the garden to bring together the indoors and outdoors and create a unified space.
Rather than bring in lots of pattern, plenty of natural textures were chosen, such as marble, hammered brass and fluted glass to add interest. As a self confessed foodie family the clients had multiple gadgets and machines to assist with cooking, so the designers incorporated ample storage to provide space for all their requirements.
The open kitchen area now includes a glamorous dining space that the family use every day.
The deep ultra-marine shade was chosen for the handmade shaker style kitchen cabinetry with solid timber dovetail drawers, and then carried through into the dining area, hallway and sitting room in the form of bold artworks, striking tiles, and sumptuous upholstery.
The formal sitting room is an elegant space where the family plays music. A sumptuous teal sofa, a hand-knotted silk and wool rug and a vibrant abstract artwork bring a fresh feel. A bespoke joinery unit with open shelving and base cabinets adds warmth and character to the room.
In the master suite a calming scheme was created with soft, neutral tones and rich textures leading to a gorgeous marble-clad en-suite bathroom.
Through clever planning, a new layout and increased storage, this gorgeous home now has more space and a feeling of a much bigger house. The result is a grown-up space the whole family can enjoy.