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This custom made kitchen was part of a renovation to put a house back together. The story is so romantic ... the house had been divided & the owners bought one side of the house each. Then set about the restoration to make it whole again.  

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Complete with an incredible view of the historic market town of Godalming & the heavily wooded valley, the house was once home to the Art Master at Charterhouse School. It is still beautifully dressed with paintings from local artists as well as sculptures from further afield; & plenty of craftsmanship in every corner including a charming Grandfather clock.

From the bright open hallway, our handmade tulip wood double doors, stained dark to complement the existing Edwardian doors in the rest of the house, lead into the new kitchen. When we walked in, our photographer Julia Currie said she felt like the kitchen had always been there, which is such a lovely compliment. Creating a cohesive design, sympathetic to the house, with traditional features, materials, mouldings & colours is so important to us.

Traditional English cupboards

The owners said the main reason they chose us to make their kitchen was because they loved the passion they saw in Andy & Mike. They commissioned us to make traditional cupboards; classic, timeless and elegant, to suit the room perfectly & built to last. With a run of bespoke drawers around the warm Aga, there is space for all the pots, pans & large Aga baking trays. The wall cabinetry stores the oils and herbs, while the countertop cabinetry creates plenty of space for appliances, crockery and glassware, all neatly tucked away leaving the work surfaces clear.

A freestanding larder cupboard has more detailed mouldings to suit the period & match the skirting in the room. A bookcase for recipe books & favourite pieces as well as frequently used things like dog bowls, notepads & pens. The dishwasher, bins & sink with a view of the English countryside are all together. A Quooker tap was on the wish list to make pot filling quick & keep work surfaces clear of wires. Cleverly all the tanks for the tap were tucked into the more tricky area of the corner cabinet so that the under sink cupboard is clear for cleaning products & the food waste bin.

Seating & dining with a view

A really special area - the bespoke corner benches & table - a place for sharing food and happy times with friends & family. In the interests of maintaining the positioning of the original panelling, stable door & sliding sash window; the owners decided to commission us to make a table with matching benches & stools that worked with the existing layout. The design included a stunning piece of Oak, unusual joints & dimensions, with a luxuriously dark quartz top cut to a completely unique shape to fit the space perfectly.

Colour palettes are always important in bringing a room together. The cabinetry is hand-painted in two colours by Farrow & Ball. A soft grey, Ammonite, which is understated for a calming neutral feeling. With Worsted, a rich grey, a 'perfect background' colour they say 'to make clean accent colours pop.' Both work beautifully with the 'Cloudburst Concrete' quartz worktop. To provide contrast the Pewter Aga is almost black and combined with the dark table top made from polished 'Woodlands' Caesarstone quartz. The warm element comes from the pine floorboards which continue through the kitchen from the hall - some are original and some reclaimed, it's been done so well you can't tell which is which.