Built during the nineties, this detached Surrey family home was crying out for an extension with a large multifunctional kitchen to suit. The owners wanted to embrace the open-plan lifestyle with a room that would incorporate a kitchen, dining area and snug as well as a workstation that could quickly and easily be hidden from view. ‘They wanted a modern Shaker-style kitchen with flowing curves and clean lines,’ explains Gavin Alexander, design manager at Searle & Taylor. ‘It also needed to include capacious storage, a relaxed seating area and an office-style workstation that could be concealed when not in use.’ 

The starting point was to maximise space and design floor-to-ceiling cabinetry along the rear wall with a long, linear island unit in front. Corner units were curved at equal angles on either side, which is a speciality of the Searle & Taylor Signature Bespoke collection. ‘This cabinetry includes a walk-in larder with internal shelving at separate heights,’ adds Gavin. ‘Also integrated is an extra-wide Liebherr fridge-freezer with ice maker and a bank of built-in cooking appliances.’ 

As well as providing plenty of storage, the generous island unit houses a flush-fit zoneless induction hob with seamless extractor above and allows the owners to prepare dinner while family or friends sit and chat at the solid oak breakfast bar. Details like the cantilevered bar are what makes this design so special. The tulip wood drawer fronts for instance contain solid oak dovetailed drawer boxes on soft-close runners, offering an ideal blend of expert craftsmanship with modern technology.

Kitchen from Searle & Taylor
Photos by: Paul Craig

Article by: Hayley Gilbert