During the two years before homeowners Tracey Moser and her husband, Nick, decided to add a kitchen extension to their five-bedroom home in Hertfordshire, they started to collect pictures of rooms they admired. ‘I kept pages from magazines, made a board of images on Pinterest, and planned what the room would be like,’ says Tracey. So when it came to briefing architectural firm Town & Country Planning and interior architect Nicole Haig of DNK Design, Tracey had a clear idea of what she wanted to achieve. ‘The house was built in the 1930s and was probably last done up in the late 1970s, and the kitchen was especially dated, dark and starting to falling apart,’ she recalls.

 

 

‘We wanted to create a larger, lighter and more interactive family space, somewhere which reflected our personalities, with space for a dining area and easy, open access to the garden and swimming pool.’ With the existing kitchen at the front of the house, facing the road rather than the garden, and cut off from the dining room, Nicole’s first task was to re-plan the layout of the ground floor. Following the architect’s design for an extension to the side and rear of the house, it was possible to move the kitchen to face the garden, incorporating a dining area and three sets of French doors opening to the pool. Tracey, a school counsellor, and solicitor Nick have two children, Molly, 13, and Noah, 10. ‘We all like having friends over and enjoy relaxed gatherings,’ she says, ‘so this is a space much better suited to our lifestyle.’

 

 

Browsing Tracey’s picture collection enabled Nicole to suggest the Diesel kitchen by Scavolini. ‘It is a clever mix of retro, industrial and contemporary style, which has just the right amount of interest and personality to create impact in the space,’ says Nicole. She was right; Tracey says that she and Nick fell in love with it almost instantly. ‘The mix of textures and vintage elements suits the eclectic style we like, and we love the way Nicole suggested a brick backdrop for the room – it brings the whole design together beautifully,’ says Tracey.

 

 

‘Those two years of living in the house before we began the project really helped us gather our thoughts,’ she concludes. ‘It has allowed us to create a kitchen with character that very definitely feels ours.’ The Diesel Social Kitchen in Ruxe Grey real wood veneer is by Scavolini. It features Drip Metal matt lacquered glass wall cabinets, shelves, base units plinths, and even a metal hanging bar with hooks. Neolith Fusion Beton ultra compact work surfaces, Spekva Safari Brasilica breakfast bar, bank of sleek Siemens ovens and coffee machine, and Diesel by Foscarini Glas Piccola pendant lights complete the design. Kitchen prices from £20,000 at london-westhampstead.scavolinistore.net

 

Photos by Paul Craig

 

Article by: Amelia Thorpe