A kitchen renovation in a Victorian terrace in East London, home to two photographers and their growing family.
The original L-shaped layout was spatially inefficient, with both the kitchen and the dining table/ seating area being unsatisfying to use, with limited storage space for busy family life. Having explored both subtle and bold layout changes, we decided to reorientate the kitchen on the opposite side of the room, creating space around a large window overlooking the back garden.
A number of other space saving measures were also put in place – the boiler was relocated to a new exterior lean-to shed, the redundant chimney breast was opened up for a generous range cooker and a floor-to-ceiling pantry was added just out of sight, at the kitchen end of the attached hallway. The kitchen whiteware was integrated at low level, allowing for a more open, considered space, with plenty of room for the couple’s collection of glassware and ceramics to be housed behind fluted glass cupboards at eye level.
In terms of aesthetics and materiality, it was important that the refreshed space was befitting of the character of the home, and aligned with the clients’ collection of furniture and art objects. We used dark stained oak timber for the bespoke cabinetry, with cast iron handles finished with beeswax, and a heavily textured cast concrete benchtop.