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Real Homes Timeless design Material World A mixture of tulip wood and oak was selected for the handmade cabinetry, which was hand painted in a bespoke colour from Papers and Paints. There’s a natural Italian black slate worktop around the sink and cooker, and a solid oak surface on the island. “These materials were chosen mainly for their authenticity,” reveals Robert. They will age

gracefully and show all the scars of a well loved and used kitchen.” Drawer fronts, doors and shelves are a combination of a classic Shaker design in a plain frame, and a flat fronted design within a beaded frame. This traditional look is enhanced with modern touches, such as soft closing drawer runners, and high tech appliances, including Fisher & Paykel dish drawers, a Lacanche range

The island was designed on legs to enhance the feeling of space in the room. It is positioned to enable free movement around the kitchen

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cooker and Westin extractor. It was the extractor that posed a challenge for the designer and builders – how to make it work efficiently in a five-storey terrace house. The solution, says Robert, was “a very powerful external motor that sat on top of the chimney stack alongside the remaining chimney pots. The air had to travel up five storeys to exit due to planning restrictions.”

Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013  
Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013