What’s not to love about living in the leafy suburb of Twickenham? Claire Richardson, a research director and her husband Marlon, a partner in an Advisory Services firm, had found the ideal road they wanted to live on within walking distance of the high street. ‘It took us over two years to find the right property to buy but when I walked into this house, I just thought ‘wow’. It had high ceilings and such a sense of space, everything I’d dreamed of,’ says Claire.

 

The detached 1920s five bedroom property needed renovating but when the family first moved in they were in no rush to make any decisions. They needed time to settle in with their daughters Scarlett, 11, and Violet, nine.

 

 

‘We wanted to create an open-plan style of living that was contemporary but not too cold and clinical. The first thing we decided on was to have a pitched roof on the extension with gallery-style windows spanning across the back of the house to frame the view of the garden and bring in light,’ Claire explains. ‘I took my time looking for the right kitchen company that could offer us something a bit different. When I started talking to Jane Powell, the designer at Roundhouse, about my ideas on colour and design she was on my wavelength. I just knew she would come up with a design that wouldn’t just be a standard kitchen layout, with blocks of units’.

 

‘It was a perfectly proportioned room. I don’t often get the chance to design a kitchen with so much space and light to work with. It meant I didn’t have to compromise with the layout and could include our largest pieces of bespoke cabinetry like the double door pantry cupboard,’ Jane explains

 

 

‘At Roundhouse each kitchen is unique and the choice of colour is a key part to the success of a design. We use Farrow & Ball or Designers Guild paint but for Claire’s kitchen we chose the French Grey range by Little Greene as that has blended seamlessly with the walnut hand rails,’ Jane adds.

 

‘It’s just a great space to hang out in whether it’s just the four of us or we’re entertaining family and friends. Scarlett and Violet sit around the island to do their homework and we can catch up while I’m cooking dinner. This is the place in the house we all want to be,’ Claire says.

 

Roundhouse Kitchen prices start from £35,000

 

Pictures by Darren Chung

 

Article by: Sally Smith