Log House Kitchen – Bespoke Kitchen Case Study
Our designers craft every kitchen from scratch – right from conception. This unique log house kitchen was created to exacting standards in the idyllic Cheshire countryside.
Mrs Joy Hobden had a very clear idea of the style and layout for her new log house kitchen and our designers were keen to craft the perfect space…
A plan for real life
Joy has had many kitchens over the years and was looking for both a functional and stylish design for her new “granny annexe”.
The key to the layout is what Joy describes as, “economy of movement”.
The L shaped design with the central island has lots of simple solutions to maximise the space and fit Joy’s needs.
For example, the height of the island is 2 inches less than the kitchen units making rolling out pastry and preparing food effortless for Joy who is a petite 5ft 2.
A retractable wooden shelf in the central island, opposite the oven provides an easy reach work surface on which to rest hot food.
The wall cabinet nearest the kettle has been extended to include a small open shelf for coffee, tea, and sugar jars.
A set of drawers directly below the hob conveniently holds the pots and pans. The dishwasher is positioned opposite crockery and utensil drawers to make unloading painless.
Creating a vision
Once our designer had an idea of how the space would be used work began to combine this with Joy’s desired aesthetic and feel for the kitchen.
Joy chose pretty patterned patchwork tiles as the starting point for the colour scheme. She admits she’s always been fond of the colour green and is pleased to see it is Mary Berry’s choice too.
She loves this shade as it’s soothing – not too dark or too light – and goes perfectly with the views of the countryside through the windows.
Mudd & Co provided colour swatch cards for Joy to try in situ with the tiles. Trying colours out in the room at different times of the day is important to see if they match.
“Dovedale” style doors were teamed with white porcelain door knobs which gives the kitchen a homely, country feel.
Choice of materials
Joy chose quartz worktops paired with an under-mounted one and a half bowl steel sink and the Perrin & Rowe Phoenician Mono sink mixer with porcelain levers in pewter.
It took just two days to install Joy’s kitchen. As the cabinets are pre-assembled in the workshop before being installed Joy remarked there was no mess compared to a kitchen that is assembled on site.
Considerations for the designer
Joy had very specific needs and a relatively small space. The kitchen was being installed into a log house and so consideration had to be taken as to wall and floor construction. The kitchen was next to the lounge area and so there had to be a clear delineation between the two spaces.