Working around interesting angles and limited natural light in a kitchen

As you would expect with a 400-year-old cottage, nothing was straight, level or vertical ... with a few strange angles thrown in. Even the floor provided a lovely surprise. We found a very uneven original brick floor under the more recent covering. In many old properties the quality of the natural light is not good, and this was particularly so here. So we created a way of getting artificial light to both the sink in the kitchen and the utility room.

“Dowers designed a bespoke kitchen for our 400-year-old farmhouse. Highly professional service, using traditional joinery techniques to scribe units onto uneven walls, very friendly team, cannot recommend more highly – this is a great company”
bespoke kitchen for traditional property

How we met the client's needs

Please make it easy to get to the table

The angled door and worktop meant getting to the table in a tight space was so much easier.

We need light over the sink

No problem – the two glass units and open shelf unit above the sink give light in an area which is vital ergonomically as there is reduced natural light. The open shelf unit is slightly higher and shallower than the other cupboards to make working at the sink easier.

We need good storage which makes it easy to find ingredients

We built a larder with spice racks, adjustable shelves and pan drawers. This gives lots of easily accessible storage.

Blend into the home

The kitchen was carefully designed and built to fit perfectly around the unusual angle of the walls and the wooden beams above.

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