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.

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And during….

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The exciting part, the kitchen install!

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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.



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Part two coming soon…



  1. Could you tell me we’re you ordered the kitchen from and did you paint the units yourself???

    Any help is much appreciated. Thank you.


  2. Hi Claire,
    Looks great – I’m planning a similar kitchen with units along one wall and an island. Looks a similar room with ha bay window as well. Just wondering what the width of your kitchen is there?


  3. I really love the flooring, I’ve ordered the same sample, but it looks nothing like your flooring, the depth of wood grain and knots aren’t as dominate on the sample. Was wondering how true was your sample, too the finished product?


  4. This is lovely! I’m looking for a similar marble effect quartz worktop, please could you share what yours is called/who made it? I’ve got about a hundred samples but none seem quite right!


  5. What a beautiful kitchen!,
    Parador flooring offer two different choices could you tell me is yours 2V or 4V bevelled edged?
    Thank you


  6. Hi,

    Beautiful kitchen and renovation as a whole. May I enquire what colour/paint you used for the ceiling, skirting and coving in the kitchen please. I’m in the process of doing my own kitchen renovation and was hoping to see if the colour combination would work with the amount of daylight we have.


    Best regards,


  7. Hi,

    Thanks for your earlier reply. After viewing your other projects (amazing btw) I noticed that you lay the kitchen flooring down after the units are in. Is that deliberate and why? Or is it just a matter of timing?

    Also, you say you use parado laminate flooring for this kitchen but it doesn’t state that it’s waterproof on their site. Would you recommend that flooring in a busy family kitchen as I’m hesitant on laying laminate myself.

    Best regards


    1. The floor at this project was laid after the kitchen install to prevent wastage. In other projects we have laid the floor first and the kitchen has sat on top of it. More so when I’ve tiled the floor. There is no right or wrong answer, either is fine, it’s a personal preference.

      Re the Parador flooring. It isn’t waterproof as it is a timber laminate, so not suitable for bathrooms. It is splash proof and suitable for kitchens and WC’s where there is minimal water spillage. If you click on the link it states it has all round edge impregnation for reliable swell protection. This flooring is extremely heavy duty and great for families with kids and dogs. It has lifetime protection for private use, wear class 23 for intensive domestic use and wear class 32 for medium commercial use. It’s also micro-scratch resistant. Basically you can’t go wrong with it, I’ve used it many times 


      1. Thanks for the explanation, I really appreciate it! It looks amazing in the kitchen and works really well with your colour scheme. 🙂



  8. Your kitchen is amazing!!
    I would love to have the exact same kitchen as yours.
    Please could you tell me where your dishwasher, washing machine is stored tumble dryer is stored? Is it possible to store them in the island?
    Please could you kindly tell me your kitchen dimensions.
    Many thanks x


    1. Thank you. The dishasher is next to the sink, where you’d always situate it for obvious reasons, and the washing machine and tumble dryer are in the utility room. Yes you can place anything in the island as long as you have electricity, water and waste. The kitchen dims are 4940mm x 3290mm.


      1. Thanks for replying. Unfortunately I do not have a separate utility room – was think of sticking the white goods in the island (if there’s any space left!) One last question, please could you tell me the dimensions of your island.

        Many thanks!


  9. Beautiful kitchen! Absolutely stunning design!
    Wondered if you could tell me what colour your walls are painted in please? Thank you!


  10. I just want to say how beautiful this kitchen/entire renovation is and how much I greatly appreciate your responses to all of the inquiries. Thank you and job well done!


  11. What is the depth of the countertop? How did you get the refrigerator flush with the countertop if standard depth? Did you cut out some of the wall in back of the refrigerator between the wall studs? Thank you!


    1. The standard depth of unit is 600 mm, except wall units of course. Integrated appliances are universal sizes to fit into standard depth units, therefore the whole run is flush. There is no stud work behind the run. It is the existing solid external wall.


  12. Hi beautiful kitchen!! Can I just double check that the cabinets are painted in Pavillion Gray and the Walls Cornforth white? I have used both colours in my house but always think Cornforth is much lighter than Pavillion but looks different in your kitchen! I’m tempted to use the same colour pallet to repaint our kitchen cabinets and walls but want to just double check before I commit!


  13. Beautiful home. We have a lot of rooms painted in cornforth white. Your rabbit pictures compliment it perfectly. Can you please tell me where they are from?
    Thanks x


  14. Greet job, fantastic outcome. Please can you let me know the size of your French door. Are you happy with them and where are they from.


    1. Oh I can’t remember off the top of my head sorry but they are very big. They were made bespoke by MH Joinery (which I mention in this blog post) to match the sash windows. Yes, we were thrilled with them. Absolutly beautiful for the age and style of the house


  15. Hi Claire,
    Would you mind telling me the exact name of the marble effect quartz you used? It’s beautiful. Thank you, Elisa


  16. I love that kitchen floor ! Been looking for one like that for ages. Could you tell me the name of it please? X


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