From drab to fab, take a look at this brilliant kitchen transformation

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  • Clever planning has given the owners of this house in North Yorkshire the kitchen of their dreams

    While the existing kitchen in this Victorian end-of-terrace house in North Yorkshire was functional, it was far from the dream kitchen that the owners had in mind. Dated and tired-looking with red quarry tiles on the floor and green and red wall tiles, it lacked storage space and felt dark and gloomy.

    The kitchen before

    The makeover
    The plan was to create a unique, bespoke look with high-level cabinetry and super practical features.

    To start, the owners completely reworked the room’s layout bringing the
    dining area closer and moving the fridge-freezer so that it sits between
    the two spaces. The old tiled floor was covered with wooden floorboards
    and new made-to-measure units were added.

    The kitchen after

    The owners are thrilled with the finished look. ‘The kitchen we’ve created totally complements the house and is a strong selling point. And it’s a place we can enjoy and be happy in.’

    Smart shelving
    Tall, built-in storage, including a mix of cupboards, shelves and pull-out drawers makes great use of space and ensures there’s a place for everything in the busy family kitchen.

    Warm wood
    The rustic dining table was chosen to complement the painted kitchen cabinets, while the wooden floor creates a feeling of continuity from one zone to the other.

    Heart of the home
    Set within the original brick chimney breast, the range cooker is the focal point of the kitchen.


    Original features
    The owners chose to keep as many original features in the room as possible to create a warm, welcoming appeal. The alcove cupboard offers plenty of extra space to cope with the family’s storage needs

    Be prepared
    Everything is to hand in the food prep corner. Stainless steel was chosen for the preparation area because it broke up the run of wooden worktops and incorporated a practical workspace for making bread, pasta and chocolate.


    Material matters
    In contrast to the sleek industrial style of the stainless steel sink, the wooden worktops are made from reclaimed wood, giving a rustic and well-worn effect.


    Get on board
    Like the worktops, the open shelves are made from reclaimed freight-train wagon boards to give a unique look.


    On the tiles
    Glossy white metro tiles contrast with the rustic wooden worktops.


    What they spent:

    Kitchen units, from £750 for a W600mm base unit; reclaimed oak worktop and shelves, £350 per linear m; stainless steel worktop, £300 per linear m; Belfast stainless steel sink, £525, Astracast range; Provence tap, £550, Perrin & Rowe range; dining table, £760; low boot cupboard, £425; all The Main Furniture & Kitchen Company

    110 Elan range cooker, £1979, Rangemaster range, Currys

    For similar tiles, try the Metro white, £19.50 per sq m, Topps Tiles

    For similar dining chairs, try the Dorchester straightback, £400 for four, The Cotswold Company

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