A stylish limed-oak kitchen making the most of a cosy kitchen space
The Stanford is a fantastic example of what can happen when traditional kitchen design and construction meet fresh, new ideas. It is built from limed oak and features an island to give storage and seating. The modern handles are minimalist and give a very clean and contemporary feel. The result is a beautiful kitchen and living space that simply "works". The Standford kitchen creates a comfortable place to cook or sit and natter.
Oak can so easily bring the walls in and make a room feel cramped. With limed oak, you get the beauty of oak while making the kitchen light and airy instead of allowing the wood to dominate the room. The liming is very subjective. So when it came to liming the kitchen, our client came to our workshop and helped so that she got it exactly as she wanted.
"I am delighted with my new kitchen! I felt Dowers listened carefully to what I wanted to achieve in the space and gave good advice about what would and wouldn't work. Some very creative solutions were put forward and they have worked wonderfully. They were very flexible about changes to the design and went to considerable lengths to achieve the lime wash finish I wanted for the units. A high standard of workmanship and attention to detail."
Features of this kitchen
Inviting you to enter this special kitchen
Designed for your cutlery
The cutlery trays are designed and handmade to the client's exact requirements, giving every knife, fork and spoon a home of its own.
Who needs handles?
The drawer and door pulls are carefully cut out of the fronts making them blend into the oak seamlessly, but still providing a traditional touch.
The beauty of brickwork
The dresser is made to fit the lovely old original brick and stone wall. The colour helps the dresser appear as if had been there for years.
Why hide beauty when you don’t have to
We chose to build this dresser without a back to expose the beautiful character brick wall. We love doing things like this, bringing out the best that each house has to offer – it makes our client's kitchen unique.
No compromise on the work surface
The angled corner still gives important worktop space even in front of the microwave. The microwave is at a good height and ideally situated in the middle of the cooking area.
Pan trays, a better use of space than shelves
Pan trays give much better accessible storage than a door and shelves. The same unit on the other side of the Aga has three shallow pan trays to take all those important coffee mugs.
Wood even shines through paint
This close up shows the grain of the oak coming through the paint. The handle is cut to line up with the edge of the rail on the top of the drawer.
Now you see it, now you don’t
There used to be a fire breast here. Removing it opened up the work surface either side of the Aga. The mantel and the corbels hid all the steel work which in turn hold the chimney up, and the mantle provided a source of light over the Aga.