We recently had the opportunity to design and install a traditional country kitchen for a lovely couple in Llanblethian. Their house is a stunning period cottage in the heart of this timeless little village, just outside the equally stunning market town of Cowbridge. Mr and Mrs Cheeseman had lived in the cottage for approximately two years. The kitchen they were living with consisted of free standing units that didn’t utilise the space efficiently.
My brief was to come up with a traditional country kitchen. It had to incorporate the Aga and floor tiles that were to remain. I also had to incorporate a number of new integrated appliances from Caple. This was a full refurbishment that would include electrics, plumbing, plastering, decorating and tiling. On top of my design duties, I took on the role of project manager. I had to ensure that all trades were co-ordinated and the whole installation ran smoothly.
I came up with several designs for Mr and Mrs Cheeseman to choose from. Ultimately they decided on the Powder Blue in frame shaker door, with glass wall units and a bank of full height units to house the oven, fridge freezer and larder.
The initial design needed a few tweaks before sign off. Mostly to generate more storage space and to create a bespoke mantle with hand made corbels. This was to house the extractor hood and additional lighting. The worktop was a Silestone ‘Blanco River’ which worked beautifully with the butler sink and Caple Monoblock tap.
With the design signed off, the installation was booked for the end of November 2013 and I couldn’t wait to see the plans turned into reality.
The installation was completed with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency. However, this wonderful cottage did present some unique challenges. The most significant challenge was the fact that none of the walls were straight. This required all ‘in fill’ components and panels to be individually scribed to the match the contours of the walls. My fitter, Malcom, did a wonderful job and demonstrated skills that would be hard to match. The challenges this room presented called for all the experience that Malcom had gained over a 25 year furniture fitting career.
The installation process took about one and a half weeks to complete and everyone was delighted with the finished result. Take a look through the pictures taken by Gareth Blunt of South Wales Property Photography. I hope that you can get some inspiration and feel free to contact me if you need any assistance with your new kitchen project.
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