On adding an extension to the property, the homeowners decided they wanted to convert it into their ideal family kitchen: "a space that would blend functionality with form and function," explains designer Tom Jones Marquez, who worked on the project.
One important element was the island. "While they had a formal dining room, the occupants tend to eat at the kitchen island when not entertaining," Tom tells us. "As such, it needed to be of sufficient size to unite the living and kitchen spaces, provide ample storage and seat up to five people. However, as it would usually just be the couple sitting at it, ther was no need to make it too large."
The project in a nutshell
The property: A 19th century vicarage in Winsley, Wiltshire
The dimensions of the space meant the project inititally proved a bit of a challenge - but definitely not one that couldn't be overcome with a little thought.
Says Tom: "After many design options for a shaped breakfast bar, we came up with the idea of an oval oak breakfast bar that could rotate from the island. In its default position, it would allow two people to sit at it, with plenty of space around it for walking past. When rotated by 90 degrees, it allows for five people".
He continues: "We fabricated our own rotating system, routered into the underside of the top, and pivoting from a metal rod housed into the Corian island. This in itself was very innovative and something we've personally never seen before. The system locks into place and secures to avoid any wobble or movement. The clients were over the moon, as were we".
The breakfast bar required a 'lot of ingenuity' to create but the end result was truly impressive; the homeowners were thrilled with the result and delighted with how it transformed their kitchen.
Corian featured heavily throughout the design: "our clients loved the look and texture of the material," reveals Tom. "The size of the island meant that no other material could be used without a visible joint. The sinks were also in Corian, and we used a sharknose edge profile to give the impression of thin and linear lines."
He continues: "We inset Corian into the finger grooves, too, to improve durability. The effect of white Corian tops with the white linear finger grooves flowing around in two lines worked nicely. We kept all the corners as sharp as weoculd to enhance the minimal, clean aesthetic".
With the client a baker, another essential feature of the redesign was the 'cook centre', with 'large pocket doors to keep the food processor out of sight'. The colour palette was carefully chosen to complement the bold choice of AGA.
Tom's key piece of advice for redesigning a kitchen? "Think about your kitchen's purpose and how you wish to use it," he recommends. "Are you someone who likes to cook? Is it used as a family space? Do you need room for entertaining? Deciding this will really help you when it comes to the design process."
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Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (Instagram, not coffee), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.