Small Bespoke Kitchen Makeover – Our Hints & Tips

Small Bespoke Kitchen Makeover – Our Hints & Tips

Small Bespoke Kitchen Makeover

Forget New Year, New Me, this week we’re showing off one of our favourite small kitchen makeover case studies to inspire you to get your kitchen renovation off to a flying start.

Where: Crouch End, North London

Type of Building: Apartment

Size of Kitchen: 3350 x 1470mm

Kitchen Size Class: Small

Number of Windows: One

Number of Doorways: One internal door leading to the open lounge


The customers house in North London was a large Victorian house, recently converted to three separate floor apartments with lots of beautiful original features. The owners were renovating whilst also ensuring that it was in keeping with the style of the building. Unlike many home owners who would have chosen to increase the size of the kitchen by knocking through walls and walkways to create a large kitchen-diner, the owners felt that they wished to retain the original features of the house and not lose the character. They benefitted from a large lounge that would easily allow for a dining table just outside the internal kitchen doorway. Their focus was on making their smaller kitchen work for them by ensuring it was keeping with the rest of the décor in the house.

Customer Specification

The customer chose to source her own electrical appliances, so requested that the Mudd & Co team design around the size specifications. They wanted a space saving, functional kitchen to utilise the space available.

Customer sourced appliances:

Oven, Extraction Unit, Fridge Freezer, Villeroy & Boch Belfast sink unit

Units Chosen:

Three pan drawers, Corner unit with built in mechanism for space saving, under sink unit, Narrow pull out spice rack, Double wall unit, single wall unit.

Churnet Door Inlay - Kitchen MakeoverDoor Inlays:


Unit Colour:

On trend Hague Blue


Antique brass latches and antique brass cups


Ionion 2-hole sink mixer with an aged brass finish fitted with porcelain lever handles


Following discussions with the customer, the Mudd & Co team visited the Victorian apartment to measure the space available and to ensure all questions had been covered. Our in-house designers then created a line drawing of the available space in addition to a visual cad representation of the planned bespoke kitchen makeover as agreed with the customer. This was then sent to the customer for approval. On customer sign off, work orders and design drafts were passed to the workshop to meticulously handcraft the kitchen to spec. Lead time on this project was approximately 4 weeks from the sign off of the visual plans. Delivery was made by Mudd & Co while the kitchen was installed by the customers builders who was finishing the brick work and window installation at the property.

Tips Inspired From This Kitchen Makeover?

– Conserve the character and charm of your existing building by considering this within your kitchen design plans.
– If you’ve got a bright and airy kitchen with large open windows and natural light, you can pretty much choose any colour. For darker kitchens, choose a lighter design colour.
– Consider your fixtures and fittings carefully to ensure they fit with the features of the rest of the house.
– Make the most of your kitchen – utilise the existing space and ensure you have adequate storage. Build cabinets up to the ceiling if required. You’ll need a ladder to access them but this is invaluable for the storage of items not used all year such as Christmas presentation items.
– Utilise blind corners in cabinets by integrating a half moon lazy susan or double sliding shelving units.
– Add charm with finishing touches – latches, cups, handles all add that exquisite finish to a perfectly styled kitchen.
– Keep the current layout of your kitchen if it massively increases your spend and exceeds your budget. Especially important if you’re looking to increase the value of your home but recoup the cost of the kitchen.

Stay up to date with our regular makeover tips based on our customer renovations by visiting our website each month or follow our social media pages for visual updates. Mudd & Co hand craft bespoke kitchens and furniture from our Staffordshire based workshop, contact us on 01538 380 988 to discuss your kitchen project in depth.

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