Creating a room to incorporate a central island, sociable seating and plentiful storage was the challenge in this extension
By adding a single-storey extension with Crittal-style doors and windows and two roof lanterns, the owners of this Edwardian detached property have brightened their space and opened it up to be more of a sociable area. Working with senior designer Jane King from McCarron & Co, Lucy and Brian Wilkins decided that they wanted a traditional kitchen in keeping with the age of the property but with a modern and unfussy feel. ‘The space was a new extension so it was more of a blank canvas, although one of the original parts was the window in the study area which had a fairly low sill height. This tied in really well with the desk height required, so I designed the part oak, part painted worktop to run into the window to form the sill,’ explains Jane. Having a multipurpose space where they can work, cook, dine and entertain has given the Wilkins family much more flexibility than they had before.
Lucy and Brian had requested plentiful storage, such as a large larder, bookshelves, deep drawers for pans, spacious cupboards for baking equipment and a double sink that would be big enough to fit the Aga trays. ‘Every space was used,’ says Jane, ‘so even the space under the bar stools on the side of the island has a shallow cupboard designed into it so that lesser used items could be stored away.’ When it came to choosing the style of cabinetry the age of the original part of the house was considered and it was the style of the Hampton furniture, which features a cockbead detail around the doors and drawers, that felt like a natural choice for the owners and Jane alike.
Photography: Trevor Richards
Article by: Emma Foale