Full of character and flair, the new Reeves family kitchen celebrates open plan living and mezzanine walkways floating below stunningly tall ceilings, but it didn’t start out this way.
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Here’s how Julia Reeves’ Tom Howley kitchen dream came to fruition.
The project in a nutshell:
Who lives here? Julia and Mark Reeves and their children Dylan, Klara, Sky and India.
Location: Little Baddow, Essex
Approximate budget: Tom Howley kitchens cost from £40,000
According to Julia, “We love a challenge – the property needed a complete renovation, but we could see it had great potential.”
Their vision was to create a stylish, open plan living/kitchen/dining room which would be the heart of the home but still have that ‘wow’ factor.
Julia had walked past the Tom Howley showroom window for a few years, dreaming of the day they would have that very kitchen, so she knew exactly what she wanted when the time came. The kitchen in question was the bespoke Hartford Shaker-style kitchen with Silestone Quartz work surface, Falcon range cooker and Neff appliances.
Building work had to be carried out first, plus ancient etchings on the wall had to be protected by stud walls, but once that was all in place Tamsin Reed, from Tom Howley, could design and install the cabinetry and appliances.
“It’s not the biggest kitchen, and trying to get the appliances into certain positions wasn’t easy, but nothing was too much trouble for Tamsin and the team,” says Julia.
The family can now enjoy two living areas, and having the dining area opposite the kitchen makes it easy to talk to guests whilst cooking and clearing away.
Would the couple have done anything differently along the way? “We weren’t planning any more children, so when our baby daughter, India, joined us we were a bar stool short and maybe in hindsight we would have added another foot to the island to allow the six of us to eat there together,” laughs Julia, “but it gave me the perfect excuse to buy a beautiful dining table instead, so I have no regrets.”