A beautiful kitchen on the outside, naturally. A brilliant one on the inside, of course. The latest project from Kingsey Kitchens & Interiors is a lovely kitchen/ diner in an old property in Chearsley and it’s the sort of installation that really shows off Kingsey’s skills for a truly bespoke kitchen.
Originally the space at the rear of the property consisted of three small areas -the kitchen, dining room and a corridor that led to the back door.
So before the team could apply their dexterous design skills, a little brute force was required. The builders took down the interior walls. This provided a superbly spacious area for Kingsey to go to work with.
A distinctive feature of the room is the end wall. Already stripped back to the original bare brickwork, it features an old original bread oven, fire place and larder. The fire place was enlarged by the builders to house a range cooker and hood. Kingsey restored the larder to include shelving and space for a microwave oven (no easy task given the fact the walls were anything but straight).
This feature wall and super flagstone floor contrast nicely with the modernity of the rest of the kitchen, especially with the opposite wall. Here Kingsey built some storage cupboards that run neatly along what was once just a corridor wall.
Flush to the wall, the storage includes a fridge/freezer by Fisher & Paykel. It’s a French style fridge/freezer with integral drawers and doors, A very unusual and rare style, unlike the more conventional stand alone designs. The grill located near the floor is the only clue to the fridge/ freezers location.
What you will notice is the quirky bespoke floor to ceiling wine rack. Neatly fitted at the end of the row of cupboards with colour change lighting. The central island doubles up as a breakfast bar. Floor level lighting gives the impression that it floats.
Kingsey Kitchens & Interiors are the masters of working with older properties where walls, floors and ceilings that are very rarely straight or level. Here for example, the kitchen window was below worktop height so to enable the Customer to keep the pre existing window Kingsey designed the worktop to create a dropped window cill, which was clad in the same stone as the worktop.
Kingsey Kitchens & Interiors are forever mindful of a Clients budget. They will seek to enhance a kitchen without spending money unnecessarily. A case in point in this Chearsley kitchen was the dining table. Not wanting to throw away a much loved but tired looking table, Kingsey took it back to their workshop. There they re-sized it, sanded it, and re-laquered it. This new piece of wood now forms an extension to the Island for a small eating area.
The work on the dining table is typical of the bespoke nature of Kingsey’s attention to detail. This is apparent even in the most mundane parts of a kitchen. A lot of work went into re-configuring an old cupboard that stored the electrics. The customer needed somewhere to store the ironing board.
The solution? Cover the electrics with a hinged Perspex door (for easy access) and build in shelving and a custom built area to fit the ironing board. Not the most glamorous part of the new kitchen, but a hugely important and practical solution requested by the customer. From the mundane to the magnificent, whatever you want designed and built into your new kitchen, Kingsey Kitchens & Interiors will do it.