Kitchen | Georgian Hunting Lodge | Cheshire

Designing a kitchen to unite a family home

The house was once a hunting lodge with two distinct buildings; a grand formal home and a more ‘domestic’ building to its West. Our brief was to create a kitchen that would evoke those found in a Georgian country house of this period.

Technical solutions for a Georgian kitchen

The deep partition walls we added allowed for cupboarding of deceptive depth in which to hide modern kitchen equipment such as fridges, extraction technology and a microwave oven.

By recessing this equipment into the partition walls we stopped cupboards intruding on the space and cluttering it. The depth of the new partition walls also allowed us to panel the opening between the kitchen and breakfast room, enhancing the room’s period appearance.

The dividing wall in this open plan kitchen allowed fridges to be hidden from view

Design details

As with most Artichoke projects, we designed and made every element of architectural joinery. From the door linings, architraves, skirting, the hierarchy of mouldings, the fibrous plaster mouldings around the ceiling to the joinery style of all the doors.

The floor in the main kitchen is French limestone, reclaimed from a bank in Provence. The central Cook’s table is traditionally made with every part of it, aside from its drawer runners and plug sockets, familiar to a Georgian joiner. The white marble was sourced from Italy.

The Artichoke effect

A beautifully formed and entirely practical set of interconnecting spaces, balanced by a unified approach to architectural joinery that is rooted in traditional technique.

The kitchen and its related rooms are perfectly equipped for modern family life, but are strongly redolent of a domestic Georgian interior.

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