Wooden oak kitchen with green glass splashback

Westerham

The brief

Mr and Mrs Dodd, the owners of a large detached home in the Westerham countryside wanted a kitchen that would create a clear divide between the functional half of the room and the social side.  It was therefore important that Mrs Dodd had plenty of space to cook on her own, at the same time as having access to the lively part of the kitchen where guests could be entertained.  The style also had to be in keeping with the farmhouse style of the property and blend beautifully with the existing rustic beams in the room.

The solution

Having previously had a Stoneham kitchen and being very happy with it, the owners came to Stoneham to discuss their new requirements. Kitchen designer, Ayesha Parmar, led the project to create a design that matched both the layout and style the owners aspired to. This included Stoneham’s Strata range for the cabinets in a light oak wood to add a warmth and cosy country feel, perfectly complementing the beams in the room. To continue the natural theme of the timber units, Sensa Granite Ice Blue worktops were installed, offering a beautiful detailed stone finish.

As the layout was a key priority for the owners, Ayesha designed the kitchen into two halves with a bespoke light oak dining table and pantry bar unit on the ‘social’ side. The bar, complete with ample storage for bottles of wines, spirits and glasses was designed with pocket doors, so that it can be hidden away to create more space and opened up ready for those all-important parties. A bespoke wine glass shelf was also crafted to give  visual design impact to this area.

Transitioning between the two sides the curved peninsular island allows guests or family members  to sit and chat to the cook of the house, while they drink and dine.  The island also creates a natural flow to merge the two areas.

The functional zone of the kitchen incorporates all the latest appliances, including a Miele induction hob with integrated extractor, Miele fridge, freezer and dishwasher, as well as two Siemens ovens, a Quooker Flex Boiling Water Tap and a Caple Wine Cooler for extra wine storage.  Glass black mirror doors used on some of the tall cabinets break up the wood and accentuate the space of the kitchen. As an art teacher, Mrs Dodd wanted to also add a touch of her own creativity to the kitchen with hand-made patterned green blinds. This was further enhanced with the addition of matching green glass splashbacks for a modern pop of colour and lit with Sensio Triotone LED lighting under the wall units. Sensio Duoflex LED strip lighting was also used under worktops and in the vertical bi-fold worktop dressers.

Combining the charm of a country kitchen with modern technology and storage solutions, the Dodd’s now have a kitchen that is in tune with their lifestyle both in looks and functionality.