Take a look at this hand-crafted kitchen makeover

Take a look around this bespoke kitchen that was built from scratch in an empty basement. Find more inspiration for your kitchen at housetohome.co.uk.

The owners of this basement flat bought it off-plan from a developer, with the purchase price allowing £8,000 to be spent on the kitchen. They choose the elements of their new kitchen carefully to ensure they got everything they wanted from the space.

1/7 A contemporary country look

kitchen with white tiles on wall and chimney

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Kitchen units
Robert Charles

Clarks Wood Company

2/7 Open shelving

kitchen books in open shelves and craft

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Choosing open shelves instead of wall units can significantly cut the cost of a new kitchen. Use them to keep your everyday essentials such as condiments and crockery at an arms reach.

Wall tiles
Original Style

3/7 Effecient use of recesses

kitchen with white tiles on wall and fridge

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Every last inch of space was considered in this kitchen. The owners made the most of an unused doorway by plaster boarding it shut to house the fridge-freezer within the empty space.

Similar fridge-freezer

Kitchen units
Robert Charles

4/7 A mixture of old and new accessories

room with white wall and old and new accessories with dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

The owner has mixed vintage junk shop buys, family heirlooms and new pieces. Use a mix of chairs in a variety of styles for an easy way to achieve this eclectic look.


Dining table
Ancient Historical Replicas

5/7 Use your walls

kitchen with tiles on wall and crockery shelves

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Place rails under kitchen cupboards so you can hang up utensils and jugs to keep things within reach while cooking.

Similar rails

Similar plate rack
The Plate Rack Company

6/7 Vintage look

vintage look kitchen with white wall and shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

The owners love of vintage style is reflected in this display of cute old fashioned tins. Try the same at home to store tea, coffee and sugar.

Similar vintage tins

7/7 The kitchen before the makeover

kitchen before makeover

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

A lot of imagination was needed to transform this empty shell into a stylish home.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.