My kitchen is teeny weeny, and a typical afterthought galley on a Victorian house. It fits one person, (two if no one leaves the spot they stand on), and if any one gets in front of the fridge it becomes a chicane with a lot of reversing. We had 14 people one Christmas and I did manage somehow, but there was a chain of people leading out and passing plates as it is so small. The house is a large 5 bedroom number, so the small kitchen makes no sense at all.
I dream of extending it across the back of the house into a huge sociable room, and have started hunting out ideas. I do not want a ‘classical’ kitchen, we had one made bespoke at our last house and it was lovely and suited the house, plus held my beloved Lacanche range. But I am a bit bored of those style of kitchens and want something different now.
I love the industrial edge; steeel framed windows by Crittall, concrete, unfitted furniture and unexpected items. But I cannot really pretend that a new build extension to an 1870’s house is an old factory and blend it in with the rest of house. Or so I thought until I saw this amazing kitchen in Remodilista by
The architects are Stiff and Trevellian and they have converted a basement into a huge open plan sociable spave with zoned areas. It if industrial in areas, but also suits the period house I think. I would never worry about cracked floor tiles and stains again with that floor.
Photography by Killian O’Sullivan.
Concrete floors and mismatched furniture.
Internal half glazed wall with punchy colour cabinets.
There is another similar industrial room featured in Living Etc that I love which is more applicable for ideas as it is not set in a basement:
This one has the mother of all chandeliers, I am dribbling as I type….
Simple, industrial design sweeps through this kitchen in the form of steel windows, raw brick walls and a salvaged pillar -the space is kept on the chicer side of industrial with elegant marble work surfaces and the soft grey paint palette.
So the question is to extend or to rip out the old and try and make that space work?