Jennie Cooper finds some key items from local companies to give your kitchen an individual look
Going for a bespoke kitchen gives you creative freedom, and with the help of those in the know, can really maximise your space. However, if you already have fitted cupboards or units that you’re happy with, handcrafted chairs, tables or island units can help individualise the style of your kitchen. Here, local experts show us how it’s done in (bespoke) style!
Leigh Hayes, Director at The Hatchery Country Kitchens, worked on this local project with his team. "The kitchen is handmade from seasoned, European, prime-grade solid oak throughout, with dovetailed drawers that have fully adjustable soft-close runners," he describes. The hand-painted finish complements the custom-built Corian work surfaces and moulded double sink that sit comfortably with the Esse range cooker and appliances.
With a range of customisable tables, along with dining chairs and storage items, this company specialises in bringing some farmhouse spirit into your home. "These chairs are made from solid beech and can be painted in any colour," says company founder Sam Watts.
Matthew built this Shaker-style kitchen for a client in Tavistock. The birch plywood cabinets have hand-painted hardwood frames, solid brass hinges and adjustable brass shelf supports. Dovetailed drawers are made from solid oak with hand-painted hardwood fronts and hand-turned beech knobs.
Jon Roach from Kingsteignton Kitchens & Joinery describes the benefits of bespoke items as "...created around you, so your furniture will be unique, designed to complement your home and the life you lead." Jon and his team renovated this kitchen farmhouse in Bickington, creating a beautiful free-standing island that is also a functional centrepiece.
Stewart MacPherson, Senior Designer at Treyone the Kitchenmakers in Kingsbridge, has recently worked on a couple of different Devon-based projects.
"Rory and Susan Anderson wanted a contemporary kitchen space that worked in harmony with the traditional, Georgian features of their property. Forming part of a complete home refurbishment, Treyone Woodcraft worked closely with Ashton House Design in Ashburton to produce a scheme that flowed into the dining and living areas," explains Stewart. "Working within a space of only three metres by four metres, a strong focus on ergonomics and function had to be considered," he adds.
Another project saw Stewart and his team working with Mr and Mrs Bennett, who wanted a timeless feel to their kitchen space, and some industrial features.
The distressed zinc dresser worktop, aged mirror cladding and hand-forged Britannium handles provide a strong contrast to the painted furniture, solid walnut accents and original slate flagstone flooring. The room was kept light by use of Silestone's Blanco Maple quartz worktops and painted wall units at either side of the main cooking area.
Stewart has some final words of wisdom when it comes to choosing tailor-made items for your kitchen. "With truly bespoke kitchen furniture, you can start without being limited by collections or colour schemes. It is the only way to achieve what you want without limitation. Because of this, a bespoke kitchen designer will explore ideas and consider each project as unique."
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