Family Kitchen
Georgian Hunting Lodge | Cheshire

The house was once a hunting lodge with two distinct buildings; a grand formal home and a more ‘domestic’ building to its West.

Our clients asked for a kitchen that would evoke those found in a Georgian country house of this period.

A bespoke open plan kitchen in a Georgian country house Glazed partition walls bring light into the Georgian Country House kitchen

Space Planning & Architectural Challenges

The existing room was restructured before our involvement, and a series of interior walls removed with the aim of creating a large, open plan kitchen. This made for an impressive space, but kitchens depend on walls for utilities and storage and the room created was failing to meet our client’s expectations.

Our plan instated a number of new partition walls which divided the space to create a separate breakfast and day room whilst providing the structure the kitchen required.

Glazing both sides of the cabinets above the sink connected the kitchen with the a day room and allowed conversation and light to transfer from one room to the other and in this way we maintained the spirit of the original open plan idea.

The main kitchen is supported by a back kitchen which can be deployed on big catering occasions.

A cook's table in Georgian Country House kitchen A cook's table in Georgian Country House kitchen
Hand finished doors in Georgian country house kitchen The bespoke handles match the period of the house

 

Technical & Functional Considerations

The deep partition walls we added allowed for cupboarding of deceptive depth in which to secrete modern kitchen equipment such as fridges, extraction technology and a microwave oven.

By recessing this equipment into the partition walls we stopped cupboards intruding on the space and cluttering it. The depth of the new partition walls also allowed us to panel the opening between the kitchen and breakfast room, enhancing the room’s period appearance.

Kitchen island in open plan kitchen The dividing wall in this open plan kitchen allowed fridges to be hidden from view

 

Notable Materials & Features

We designed and made every element of architectural joinery: door linings, architraves, skirting, the hierarchy of mouldings, the fibrous plaster mouldings around the ceiling and the joinery style of all the doors.

The floor in the main kitchen is French limestone, reclaimed from a bank in Provence.  The central Cook’s table  is traditionally made: every part of it, aside from its drawer runners and plug sockets, would be familiar to a Georgian joiner. The white marble was sourced from Italy.

Larder in open plan kitchen The larder's aged interior
Larder in open plan kitchen The large larder provides plentiful storage in open plan kitchen
Georgian country house morning room The aged oak cabinetry either side of the fireplace.

 

What We Achieved for Our Clients

A beautifully formed and entirely practical set of interconnecting spaces, married to one another through a unified approach to architectural joinery.

The kitchen and its related rooms are perfectly equipped for modern family life, but are strongly redolent of a domestic Georgian interior.

Hand finished oak cupboards in a Georgian country house Hand finished oak cupboards make sense of an open plan kitchen in a Georgian country house
Open oak cupboard in Georgian country house reveals painted interior. Open oak cupboard in Georgian country house reveals painted interior.
Glazed kitchen cabinets divide an open plan kitchen Glazed kitchen cabinets divide an open plan kitchen in a Georgian country house

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