This week saw the return to our screens of The Great British Bake-off and that's inspired to us go through our back catalogue to find those kitchens that would leave you vying for star-baker rather than wondering how you got a soggy bottom.
Our clients had just relocated from London and they wanted an elegant kitchen for their townhouse which is set in a beautiful crescent in Bath. It was the shape of the crescent which inspired the design of the island, featuring both convex and concave cupboards to soften the visual outline of the space, whilst offering plenty of storage. The handsome Wolf range, perfect for any signature baking challenge, is complimented with the Wolf Pro extractor hood, creating a bold focal point to the kitchen. The hand painted finish and elegant pull handles are complemented by the beautiful granite work surfaces and splash back.
This country house required a bespoke kitchen that would serve as it's heartbeat. With our client being a professional chef, it was essential that the space was functional and robust, whilst also providing a social environment. The kitchen plan met the ergonomic needs by integrating existing freestanding stainless steel tables into the island design. A hidden cupboard provides an extra worktop and shelving to home the client's many appliances. We were also keen to maximise the beautiful views from the window by designing a cherrywood breakfast bar, banked by stainless steel roller shutters. The anthracite grey cabinetry gives a focal point to a bright and light room, whilst also helping to combine industrial/contemporary materials in a countryside setting.
Our client's house is a very traditional listed manor house with beautiful original features that were sadly missing in the existing kitchen. The intention was to incorporate these back into the design. The building work consisted of installing a new, slightly lowered ceiling and installing age appropriate ceiling coving. The existing floor material was removed and replaced with new, extra-large format limestone slabs. With a new power and lighting scheme the room was ready to take to the new handmade, shaker-style kitchen. As part of the project the existing utility room was turned into a Butler's Pantry with the utility items moved into another part of the house. With the addition of appliances from Sub-Zero & Wolf, Aga and Miele, and even bespoke window seats, this kitchen is now a place that can be enjoyed more and more upon each use.
Lucknam Park Cookery School, Wiltshire.
We couldn't talk about kitchens that could elevate your cookery skills without mentioning the Lucknam Park Cookery School. The award-winning Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa has a cookery school designed and fitted by Stephen Graver. This culinary experience offers a unique opportunity for anyone who enjoys cooking, featuring the latest appliances from De Dietrich, this environment is perfect for developing new skills and mastering new techniques.
So there you have it, four bespoke kitchens that we feel are Bake-off worthy and set us apart from the competition, a sure fire first place in any technical bake.