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

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.

kitchen area with break wall and red tiles flooring with washing machine and plastic basket

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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.

kitchen area with white wall and white wall tiles with white cabinet and wooden flooring

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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.'

kitchen area with white wall and cabinet with books and wooden chair.

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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.

kitchen area with white wall and cupboard with curtain and dining table.

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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.

kitchen area with white wall and brick chimney breast with wooden basket and cooker.

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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

kitchen area with white wall and cabinet with brick chimney breast and wooden basket with chair.

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

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

kitchen area with white wall tiles and plenty fruits with cupboard

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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.

kitchen area with white wall tiles and prep corner with wooden worktops.

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

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.


kitchen area with white wall tiles and wooden shelf on wall with white dish and bowls.

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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


kitchen area with white wall tiles and wooden worktop with eggs.

(Image credit: future PLC/David Giles)

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


Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.