Walton Barn | Classic Contemporary Barn Project

The Walton Barn project has undergone a large scale renovation which included extending the main kitchen area. The brief from the clients was very clear – they wanted a classic contemporary kitchen with dining space for 5-6. The clients didn’t like the idea of having a formal dining table in the kitchen as they have a separate dining room they wanted to utilise so designing an L-shape kitchen with an island incorporating banquette seating and therefore dining space was the perfect solution for the space.

The Spenlow cabinetry is a contemporary take on the traditional raised and fielded door panel and gives the kitchen a smart feel thanks to the clean lines of this design. The painted cabinetry is finished in Farthing II – a bespoke colour to H|M manufactured exclusively by Mylands. The Quilps knobs are finished in weathered bronze. The accent wood in this kitchen is the Portobello dark oak and is used within the cabinetry interiors, the tambour door which conceals the toaster / breakfast area, integrated trays either side of the coffee machine machine and the Langham table and Havisham chairs.

As an entertaining space, this kitchen has it all – the 1524mm Wolf dual fuel range cooker has two large ovens and as well as 6 stacked, sealed gas burners, it has a chargrill and teppanyaki on the top. The Wolf is housed within a false chimney which has bespoke H|M Westin extraction incorporated and a contemporary overmantel. Either side of the range cooker are three drawer chests and then either side of the chimney are countertop cupboards with cupboards below. The large Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer provide plenty of cool storage for chilled and frozen goods. The island acts as the main prep area and has a prep sink with a pull out Eurocargo bin just below to the right hand side. The main washing up area is located underneath the window with views across the rolling countryside. Along with the large Kohler smart divide sink there is a Zip hot water / chilled / boiling tap as well as the main Athenian tap with rinse providing the usual hot and cold water.

On the other side of the island closest to the bi-fold doors is what looks like a bank of two sets of three drawer chests. Actually, one of these is a Fisher & Paykel cool drawer which can be switched from refrigerator to freezer, to wine storage, providing maximum flexibility throughout the year. During the summer months it can be stocked with cold drinks to serve the outdoor area beyond the bi-fold doors, while in the winter it can be switched to freezer mode for storing frozen fruits picked during the autumn.

To the right of the sink run is the fully automatic  Gaggenau espresso machine which features a continuous flow heater meaning no waiting time and a constant brewing temperature. Either side of the espresso machine are integrated trays finished in portobello oak, with glazed cabinetry above offering storage for servingware, tea, coffee beans, sugar etc. Below the coffee machine is a second Fisher & Paykel cool drawer which is used for storing the different milks and cool items to serve the drinks area.

The banquette seating area has an upholstered cushion finished in a custom leather, with the same leather used on the Havisham chairs. Both the chairs and the Langham table were designed and manufactured by Humphrey Munson and are finished in the Portobello dark oak finish.