I have been meaning to write this post for a while now, well, since we finished a few weeks ago. There is so much I want to talk about so I’m going split the renovation story into different parts. This blog focuses on the kitchen renovation.
This is a personal project so I have been able to share the progress of this renovation on my Instagram page, thank you for all your kind words along the way. We purchased the house in November 2016 and works started three months later on 1st February once we had the relevant permissions.
The house is a beautiful period property in the heart of Cobham in Surrey, built circa 1752. The property is directly opposite the old mill with beautiful views over the River Mole and fields beyond. Although the property isn’t listed, it is in a conservation area, and with Cedar House next door, which is listed, it means the house benefits from a beautiful listed boundary wall.
This was a project without an extension, the house was already a good size, it was purely just an extensive renovation. Due to the age of the property and the poor maintenance over the past twenty years there was a lot of work to be done, including a new roof. The aim was to restore the property back to its former glory but fit for 21st century living.
The new kitchen is now in what was the dining room and have knocked through to what was the kitchen. The rear of the house was made up of a utility room, cloakroom, corridor and kitchen. These rooms have been knocked through, except for the utility room, to make the rear of the house one large open plan area connecting with the new kitchen at the front of the house in an L-shape. Due to the age of the house, and the character, we opted for large timber panelled French doors which are just under 4m wide rather than aluminium bi-folds or sliding doors. They are so beautifully made and the glazing bars match the new sash windows so they tie in well.
Here are some before photos of the now open plan space.
The exciting part, the kitchen install!
I designed the kitchen and had it supplied and fitted by a local supplier in Surrey, Wooden Heart. The units are an in-frame shaker style with an extra beading on each door front to give a bit more detail. The units are solid oak painted (factory sprayed for a perfect finish) in Farrow & Ball Pavilion Grey with the island in Moles Breath. The cupboard and drawer internals are grey stained oak. The work tops and splash back behind the hob are marble effect Quartz in a 20mm thickness. The appliances are Siemens consisting of a single oven, micro combi, warming drawer, extra wide induction hob, concealed extractor, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. We decided on a white porcelain bowl rather than stainless steel, just to keep it a bit more traditional, with a swan neck Franke tap in polished chrome to match the polished chrome cups handles and knobs. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White. The floor is Parador Trendtime 6, Oak Valere Pearl Grey limed in a wide plank.
And now for the finished article.
Part two coming soon…