Extending and refurbishing a 50's country home

These Hampshire clients had enjoyed bringing up their family in their 1950's house set within a large garden but after 12 years it was time for a major change to how they used the space. Both of them work from home, so the division between office and living space was important.

"Our bulthaup kitchen is fabulous and the design really is the linchpin of our house. When I'm sat here doing late-night emails I wonder how on earth I've been lucky enough to have such a fabulous kitchen."

They decided to extend the ground floor out into the garden with a three sided glass walled structure, knocking down walls to create one large bright and airy living room. The initial plans included a raised section for dining with the lower part for relaxed seating and a refitted kitchen.

When our Design Consultant became involved he explained that leaving the kitchen in its current place would not allow the island they desired. Also the kitchen would remain cut off from the rest of the living space - and Katie was keen to encourage family communication.

Our proposal placed the kitchen in the elevated section looking out into the garden over the sitting area. A long tall run on the back wall houses the main storage, ovens and refrigeration. The long island allows the cook to be busy with food preparation, and still in communication with the rest of the living space.

A dark oak bar of heroic proportions (4.8 metres) runs the length of the island, subtly inviting family and friends up to the kitchen to converse with the cook.

Smart minimal black oak doors hide the large larder fridge and the fridge freezer. Stainless steel roller shutter units cover the toaster and food processor from view. The panoramic induction hob and sink almost disappear behind the bar.

The holistic design solution included ideas on the flooring that helped to define separate areas. Through the clever use of textures it was suggested that the owners surround a fitted carpet in the sitting area with stone, and accent the steps up to the raised kitchen in an alternative colour.

The overall effect is visually stunning and works on all levels - as a kitchen, a dining room and as a place to relax. When the glass doors are opened the carefully chosen stone patio links garden and house seamlessly.

Showroom: bulthaup Winchester, 1 The Broadway, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BE
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