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Real Homes: Modern London Kitchen Extension

Recently, we were contacted by a family who were in the process of renovating a double-fronted, five-bed Victorian property in south-east London. Alongside the complete refurbishment of the house, the couple had built an impressive basement kitchen extension with double-height space where they planned to create a new hub of the home.

The Brief

Senior Designer, Brenda Gibson, worked with the couple to design their dream kitchen. The couple were looking for a modern kitchen design that would suit their family life with young children yet remain in keeping with the Victorian character of their home.

The solution? A bespoke made-to-measure kitchen from our Hartford collection. Our Hartford design is a modern take on the traditional shaker style, an in-frame design with beading, ball hinge and cup handle detailing.

Modern Open Plan Kitchen

They wanted a classic feel, in keeping with the age of the house with a practical design and high quality, robust appliances to match their love of cooking.

Senior Designer, Brenda Gibson.

Kitchen Layout

The kitchen layout was designed around the island with easy access to food storage and plenty of preparation space to maximise efficiency. As the couple are keen cooks, a separate walk-in pantry was carefully designed in a room just to the left of the kitchen. This provides extra storage, as well as a beautiful feature when lit with warm integrated lighting.

Modern Open Plan Kitchen

Modern open plan kitchens deserve a statement island. This larger-than-life island features solid corner pillars for a classic look, a detail the family were particularly keen to incorporate. It has integrated and discrete storage and a stylish built-in sink making it a great place to prep food, without missing a moment of family life. The soft grey finish and pale Silestone work surface complement the overall effect of light in the room.

Design Details

The family love to cook for each other and friends, so a professional range cooker set within a stunning, specially commissioned chimney breast had to be the focal point. Striking in its style and symmetry, the chimney breast and mantel shelf beautifully frame the place where the culinary action happens.

Every kitchen is available with a choice of high-end appliances. Our client carefully selected a dual fuel range cooker, Sub-Zero and Wolf fridge, freezer and wine cooler, Westin extractor and Miele steam oven, microwave, vacuum drawer and coffee machine.

Finishing Touches 

The Lovage paint colour with smoked oak interiors and cool marble-effect Silestone worktops elegantly combine to create a fresh look. Worktops are made of smooth Silestone Calacatta Gold quartz in keeping with the shaker style of our Hartford kitchen. We also used the same stone for the large splashback. Traditional cup and round handles are given a modern finish in polished chrome, which blends with the mixer-style tap and appliances.

The shaker style is as popular now as it was in American homes over a century ago. It is a timeless classic yet never fails to look flawlessly modern. While features like drawers and cupboard doors haven’t changed much, we keep ours fresh and on-trend with original paint colours, high-quality materials and detailed finishes.

Senior Designer, Brenda Gibson.

With clearly defined areas for cooking, dining and living, all cleverly zoned, this stunning open plan kitchen maximises every inch of space and the magnificent view of the garden.

To find out more about how our modern kitchen designs can work in your home, request our latest brochure.