New-Build Farmhouse | Oxfordshire

Harmony of design

Housed in a barn-like space linking the new, main country house to a series of outbuildings, this kitchen had an impressive footprint and high ceilings.

Our brief was to create a highly functional kitchen in a large, open space without interrupting or obscuring its impressive sweep of roof space.

Designing for big spaces

Large rooms can present numerous design challenges – one such is the creation of a practical working kitchen with compact enough dimensions to work efficiently rather than being too spread out. We were keen not to introduce a walled partition, which would have interrupted the roof space, but some large kitchens need partitions to prevent the room from feeling cavernous and cold.

We overcame these design challenges by using furniture to create discreet areas, to house equipment and to lend a warm, human scale to the room.

An eye for detail and entertaining

Being prolific entertainers, our clients wanted space for an AGA as well as a modern oven. So for practicality we designed space on the public side of the partition for the oven to sit.

The functionality of the sinks were important to the client, so they received special attention. Carved from a piece of solid marble from Bentall in Portugal, the sinks were then set flush into the plaster behind to avoid having an up-stand with water-resistant paint used in this area.

The sinks have a bull-nose waist so they are comfortable to stand at and admire the magnificent view from the window.

Finishing touches

The furniture is oak throughout, selected from a family sawmill near Dijon in France. It was raked for texture and then over painted so the grain grins through the oak. The paint was then glazed with an acrylic lacquer to lightly age it.

The Artichoke effect

Through some carefully considered design, we achieved a beautiful and functional kitchen without compromising the sense of sweeping space created by the architect. The space enabled our clients love of large scale entertaining but retaining  a comfortable and domestic feel.