Jane and Anthony Joyce converted their conservatory into a spacious kitchen with a fresh take on classic style
When you love your home but its configuration isn’t quite right for your lifestyle, ‘don’t move, improve’ is often the best solution. And so it was for Jane Joyce and husband Anthony, both company directors, when they began considering a move from their early Victorian listed rectory in Lincolnshire, now that their children are grown up. ‘We decided that we would rather stay put and get this house just as we wanted it,’ says Jane. Chief amongst their concerns with the house was the conservatory. ‘It was a beautiful room overlooking the garden, but not used enough – too cold in winter, and attempting to heat it was like ripping up pound notes because the underfloor heating was so inefficient,’ explains Jane. The kitchen was another issue; the north-facing space was cramped and dominated by a large chimney breast, making it far from ideal for their love of cooking and entertaining. Their solution? To replace the glass roof and one wall of the conservatory with solid structures, add new super-efficient underfloor heating, and move the kitchen into the new space. ‘It is still full of natural light, but much more comfortable, with lots of space for socialising,’ says Jane. The couple also converted an adjacent gym into a scullery, with large pantry, crockery cupboard, fridgefreezer and two dishwashers, so that messy pots and pans can be stashed out of sight when guests are expected.
Following up recommendations, they commissioned Chiselwood to create the new kitchen. To accentuate the light feel of the room, grey-painted cabinetry with classic elegance was chosen, designed to sit with the proportions of the room and age of the house. ‘I love the quirky striping veneer to the furniture,’ says Jane, who also commissioned Chiselwood to create a bespoke dining table and consoles with the same detailing.
While the couple enjoy the cooking options on the new Wolf range, Jane says it’s the island that they enthuse about the most. ‘To be able to talk to friends and family while cooking is a joy, and the sense of space makes for the kind of relaxed, easy form of entertaining which we love.’
Kitchen prices from Chiselwood start from £35,000.
Photos by Darren Chung
Article by: Amelia Thorpe