Around 10 years on from submitting their original planning application for a new extension, Bec and Neil Greenaway finally got the go-ahead to convert an existing stable block into their dream kitchen space. ‘Having decorated the rest of the house to suit our style, being able to create the family kitchen we wanted was the final piece of the puzzle’, says Bec. ‘We wanted a family room that was a sociable space for entertaining as well as everyday life with our two sons, Morgan, 14, and Rhys, 11, as well as Jake the dog and our two cats, Phoebe and Mitzi’.

 

For Bec and her husband Neil, incorporating traditional elements, such as the Aga and the ceiling beams, was a top priority from the start of the design process. The beams bring a dramatic feel to the space, making the most of the height in the room, as well as giving a nod to the barn’s history and adding a truly striking design feature. With this in mind, Bec was keen to keep the overall finish of the kitchen in keeping with the property and the designer has cleverly blended a classic design with state-of-the-art appliances to make the space work for this modern family.

 

 

A main focus of the kitchen is the large island in the centre, which provides a spacious worktop and a bar area for informal dining and socialising. ‘Neil was very hands on with the layout of the kitchen and we were given lots of different plans of the space to help us decide what would work best’, explains Bec. ‘It was important that the room flowed, from the kitchen through to the dining and lounge area, and felt like one space despite it serving three different functions’. One way this was achieved was through the use of colour and by using a consistent shade along all the walls that ties in with the cabinetry. Cool grey shades and masculine black touches are softened by natural woods and light worktops to create a bright and welcoming space.

 

 

‘After years of waiting, the kitchen has now really become the heart of our home’, says Bec. ‘We really can all be doing our own thing in the open-plan space but not feel like we’re on top of each other in any way’.

 

Kitchen prices start from £35,000 at Tom Howley

 

Photos by Darren Chung

 

Article by: Cassie Pryce