Take a look around this spacious country kitchen

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When they moved into this three-bedroom property in Middlesex, the owners were keen to renovate and extend over time. Their priority was to remodel the kitchen to be able to entertain; ‘I wanted a family kitchen everyone could enjoy and which was connected to the rest of the living area.’

A friend recommended an architect to the owners and she drew up a plan for their project; the idea was to stick within the house’s original footprint but extend into the right-hand side return. Knowing that the project would take some time to complete, the owners’ builder friend set up a temporary kitchen at the back of the living room, before boarding off the kitchen to reduce dust and dirt transferring to the rest of the house.

As the existing cabinetry layout worked well, the owners decided not to change it. They did, however, invest in a range cooker that fit snugly in the fireplace area. ‘I kept the overall palette neutral – cream was the obvious choice to keep the north-facing kitchen light. The room had original features we wanted to keep, so it made sense to have Shaker-style units. We thought wooden worktops would be too much, so we chose a dove grey Carrara surface that I matched when painting the shelf over the oven, the butcher’s block and sideboard.’

Image credit: Claire Lloyd Davies
Image credit: Claire Lloyd Davies
Image credit: Claire Lloyd Daives
Image credit: Claire Lloyd Davies
Image credit: Claire Lloyd Davies

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