Combining a compact kitchen with a small study area has given Christine and Keith Harding the spacious, open-plan kitchen-diner they always dreamed of
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘location, location, location’ when it comes to buying a new home, and for Christine and Keith Harding this couldn’t have been more true when they began house hunting in Surrey back in 1999. ‘The house is located in a lovely road on a beautiful plot,’ explains Christine. ‘It was a small 1930s detached property with lots of potential to extend and it gave us the opportunity to create the home that we really wanted.’
After knocking down an ugly extension, the next challenge on the agenda was to merge the original kitchen with a study area in order to achieve a large, open-plan kitchen-breakfast room with a conservatory to the side. ‘We wanted to create a large living space for cooking, dining and entertaining,’ adds Christine, ‘with lots of natural light. I like to chat with friends and family while cooking rather than being shut away in the kitchen and hearing laughter in the distance.’
When it came to choosing their kitchen designer, the couple’s architect recommended Kent-based Crouch Design, which is co-owned by brothers Bradley and Ryan Crouch. ‘We went to visit a couple of kitchens they had designed,’ reveals Christine, ‘and had the opportunity to discuss them with the previous clients. Bradley immediately understood what we wanted to achieve and had many good suggestions and ideas.’
One of these was to use the concrete-style cabinet doors, which create a feature along the back wall. But it’s the generously sized island that takes centre stage. With its Anthracite finish and 60mm Glacier White Corian® top, it’s the ideal platform for all manner of culinary tasks, from food prep and catching up over coffee in the morning to reading the weekend papers and having a casual supper. Cubbyholes on the front allow Christine and Keith to store and display their favourite accessories and ceramics while built-in Miele appliances add to the contemporary feel. The glass splashback is another element that catches the eye. ‘Our architect had suggested a window above the sink,’ says Christine, ‘but Bradley and I felt that this would compromise the design of the kitchen so we went with a smoked glass instead. It all looks so amazing.’
Kitchens from Crouch Design start from £20,000.
Photos by Darren Chung
Article by: Hayley Gilbert