Grade II Historic House | Cheshire

Our client’s house – a medieval manor, rebuilt at the end of the 20th century with classical, early arts and crafts details and architectural joinery – was undergoing full refurbishment.

We were commissioned to solve the riddle of uniting sensitively modernised spaces in the kitchen and dining areas with the historic details of an arts and crafts house that met the needs of a large family and extended household.

Achieving harmony of space and architecture

Creating the balance of space and line needed sensitive architectural intervention. Removing the dividing wall between kitchen and dining room and a dominant large stone fireplace had impacted the proportions and visual coherence of the rooms.

Our approach was understated yet impactful: anchoring the kitchen with a substantial focal point that harmonised the existing architectural elements. We added a new chimney area, featuring a solid stone over mantel matching that of the fireplace material. It beautifully integrated the extraction and a Wolf range cooker.

This deliberate coordination of materials united the two spaces. The addition of a stone-clad sink and a substantial fridge and freezer housing brought harmony back to a room that before had felt unbalanced.


Beauty with technical ingenuity

Our commitment to combining practical functionality with sophisticated design places a strong emphasis on technical and functional considerations in all our kitchen projects.
Here, our unique cabinetry designs showcased detail-driven woodworking that enhances both the effectiveness and atmosphere of the home.

Take for example our disguise of mechanical extracts above the cooker through infilling a deep alcove and incorporating a Dumb Waiter into the remaining recess – creating stylish storage for small appliances.

Or when facing the natural misalignment of exposed ceiling joists, we adapted the beams and carefully mounted ceiling lighting to subtly blend in.

Materials & Features inspired by historical details 

The classical arts and crafts detailing found in the existing architectural joinery throughout the house inspired our design choices. We gave each furniture piece the appropriate intricate details such as heavy panelling beads and frame moulds.  

Solid oak was chosen as the primary material – painted with a mist coat to achieve a soft colour that showed the natural grain of the oak. 

The room was dark and we needed to address it. After removing the dividing wall, the sunlight streamed through the sink window into the dining room while the tiling of the end elevation added a shimmer around the window frame giving a delightful but subtle play of light.  

The tiles, coordinating with the kitchen chimney tiles in a different shade, echoed the client’s minimal palette preference of pale blues, creams, and stone hues that continued in the dining room. 

Beginning with the colour of the original sandstone floor, we aimed to maximise the natural light, choosing tones that would reflect rather than absorb it.

The Artichoke Kitchen Island

The worktable features a piece of decorative Calacatta Fontanili marble that sits within a beautifully crafted timber frame. It’s detailing truly sets the Artichoke kitchen island apart, employing a mitred through mortise and tenon joint with slightly raised dowels to give the corners joint extra strength and to accentuate the handcrafted touch.

This craftsmanship adds a layer of authenticity – turning the transformative kitchen island into a statement piece.  A piece of furniture made with skill and dedication that provides a space in the kitchen to mirror and celebrate this commitment when cooking.

To enhance both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity, we incorporated a pair of heavy columns at each end, which provide additional support to the wonderfully heavy top.

Adjoining Breakfast Room 

Before our intervention, this secondary space served mainly as a passageway to other domestic rooms and lacked warmth or character. We wanted to change this and bring comfort and charm into the room. 

To create a more inviting atmosphere, we introduced elegant wall panelling that instantly added intimacy and a touch of sophistication. The jib door design played a crucial role in achieving a seamless and minimalist aesthetic and made the door less conspicuous. 

The interior connects with the adjoining dining room and kitchen. We handcrafted the furniture in a similar style and added the weave detailing on the painted panels that echoes the design found on the kitchen cabinets. 

To give the room a sense of cosiness, we introduced an oak-encased radiator that matches the style of the shutters. It gives both warmth and clever additional storage with specially designed condiment cupboards flanking the radiator covers. 

The room now feels like a charming alcove in which to enjoy breakfast.

The Artichoke effect 

Our uniquely tailored designs and handcrafted furniture transformed the rooms. Details inspired by their historical setting place these new spaces in harmony with the rest of the house. We answered the passion our clients have for cooking and entertaining with rooms that are as practical as they are a beautiful continuation of the heritage of their house. 

Fine woodworking that pays homage to the excellence of the arts and crafts detailing has produced a space where everything has its rightful place. Our client now enjoys a kitchen that inspires with beauty and practicality – one that is a joy to experience and share with others. A true legacy for future generations to a beautiful house and home.

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