Georgian Country Home Kitchen – Snug – Hall
As the detailed work in planning the new layout began, the kitchen floor was made level with the dining area. ‘Digging up the floor and removing the existing AGA was quite a job, but we all felt it was important to avoid a step that would be an annoyance for forever and a day,’ continues Richard. After levelling, the AGA was put back into the same position and furniture built around the cooker, including an elegant canopy with corbels and a break-fronted detail. ‘The inspiration comes from a Georgian hall in Northumberland,’ says Richard, who echoed the detail of the curved brackets on the wall shelves and island end.
Elegantly proportioned panelled cupboard doors are also inspired by Georgian design, hand painted in a soft neutral colour to accentuate the light feel of the space. To add character and modern definition, the island and dresser cabinet are painted in Farrow and Ball No.93 Studio Green, a rich, dark green, while aged brass accents and oak floor add warmth.
‘Removing the wall opened up the possibility for so many nice features – from the island to the larder – and allowed us to create a room that works beautifully for modern family life,’ says Richard.
The U-shaped design has an island as the central preparation and socialising hub. A large larder and integrated fridge are built into tall cupboards adjacent to the focal point AGA cooker. The wet zone sits below one window, a coffee station under the next. A dresser completes the design and links the cooking and dining areas.
The entrance to the new room from the hallway is through the former dining area, so it was possible to block off the old kitchen door, giving wall space for a large larder cupboard and tall integrated larder fridge. This makes it easy for the family to put shopping bags on to the island and unload them directly into the dry and chilled food storage areas. In the larder, double doors with grocery racks open to reveal a cold shelf, made with the same engineered quartz as the worktops, with solid oak drawers and shelves.
In addition to the principal larder fridge, the family wanted to include some extra chilled storage as there was no room for a tall freezer in the kitchen, they opted for an integrated CoolDrawer by Fisher & Paykel on the island for frequently used foods. An elegant and practical solution as this model can be set to different temperatures – from refrigerator to pantry or freezer with the push of a button. It is conveniently positioned on the cooking side of the island, concealed behind a front that has been specially designed so that it does not disrupt the lines of the drawers.
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