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We don’t get many clients buying three kitchens from us because our kitchens last a very long time, but this is one of two clients who have done just that! All three kitchens were fitted in different homes in both cases.
This home is comprised of several old farm cottages which, over the years, have been altered and combined to create a single dwelling. To create a much more open space our clients built an orangery along the front of the house and opened up into this space. This helped in the design phase because it meant the working part of the kitchen remained where it always had been, with the rest opening out into the orangery to give a clear break between the two main areas.
The position of the window in the kitchen was always a problem as well as our clients' need for a three-ring gas hob for those power cuts. The beauty of designing and making bespoke kitchens is being able to solve those problems for our clients. We are very proud of this kitchen.
"This is our third Dower’s Kitchen. I couldn’t be happier with it, though the other two were lovely too. This latest one embodies everything you could possibly want from a kitchen. It’s beautiful, elegant, practical, functional and everything is in the right place. Loads of storage, easy access, a doddle to work in, and because it’s so good looking and restful, everyone is drawn to it. It’s an ideal family space, and we all love it."
About the project
A versatile working space
It was crucial that we provided a flexible and well-planned working space for this new kitchen. There is ample worktop area, an extra set of hobs and the dishwasher is located next to the large sink.
Relocating the sink
We moved the sink from in front of the window. This created some space between the sink and hob while still giving a worktop to the left. Moving the sink posed a lighting issue so we designed some open shelves and plate rack (all useful) that was slightly higher and shallower than the other wall unit, which meant we could fit lighting under it. In the distance you can see the living part of the kitchen.
Compact but ideal
The Aga is, of course, the centre point but the space either side between the oven and the fridge creates a fantastic work surface and the pan drawers provide bountiful storage. A win, win.
I have seen that design before
One of the advantages of making three kitchens for one client is that some designs fit another kitchen. The mantle is a case in point. We used the same design in their previous kitchen and it certainly works here.
Lets build an alcove in
Our clients had this alcove which also housed the TV, and wanted it hidden away sometimes. No problem!