The level of detail and thought that goes into the full scale refurbishment of a substantial grade II listed detached family home in Hampstead is nothing short of breath-taking. We worked with the clients on this project to create a kitchen, utility / boot room and pantry that combined traditional cabinetmaking with a contemporary twist. The brief was to create a kitchen that was built to last – both in terms of the design and the quality; future-proofing was the goal. Specifying the Spenlow cabinetry was an immediate and easy choice to ensure the cabinetry felt sleek and contemporary with the perimeter cabinetry painted in Tailored Grey and the island painted in Brolly Blue to really help anchor it within the room. The Quilp knobs on the cabinetry are finished in aged brass which really helps to soften the otherwise cool colour palette.
The Wolf range cooker stands proud in a bespoke run adjacent to the utility room door. The positioning of the Wolf in front of the island with the main dining area located in under the glass lantern, provides maximum ease of use when entertaining – something this kitchen will see a great deal of in years to come. Friends and family are welcomed into the space and can easily perch at the island to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and snacks while the cook is busy finishing off bits and pieces on the other side of the island. The wine cooler is positioned on the island just along from the seating area and occupies the perfect spot with the large bespoke dresser cabinetry located opposite so that drinks can be served easily to guests arriving for dinner.
On the prep side of the island, opposite the Wolf range cooker, is the main Kohler sink with aged brass taps by Perrin & Rowe as well as the Parthian hot tap for instant boiling water literally on-tap. Either side of the sink is the integrated Miele dishwasher and a pull out bin with a knife block insert in the drawer above so that food prep is easy and straightforward with everything you need instantly to hand.
The stainless steel Gaggenau French door fridge-freezer is positioned centrally and flanked by a tall crockery cupboard to the left hand side and a day pantry to the right hand side. The day pantry is also used for housing the coffee and tea making items as the main walk in pantry is just off the utility / boot room. There is plenty of storage in the day pantry drawers for everyday items with the main weight of dry food storage being taken care of within the walk in pantry.
This Hampstead project really has the best of both worlds – traditional, handmade cabinetry finished to the very highest standard and combined with the contemporary aesthetic of stainless steel industrial appliances. The overall look and and feel is a classic London home designed with modern family living in mind. The details that have been so carefully assessed and implemented throughout the design process will ensure this project stays true to the original brief and provides the family with a series of spaces that are all about relaxed, sociable living.