The clients live in New York and love returning to Devon to see friends and family. For the 8-10 weeks that they spend here every year, they gradually started to out-grow the Salcombe property that they occupied whenever they visited. By acquiring the land directly opposite their holiday abode, they started to make plans to build the perfect holiday retreat back in 2006. As they were very happy with the service that we offered on their previous kitchen project, they invited us to advise on the new property at planning stage. When the build started in 2017, Treyone were asked to revisit the original proposals.
Our clients wanted to create a grand, open plan entertaining space that merged New England with a splash of industrial. As there would be often more than one cook in the kitchen, it was important to create two prep zones that could work independently from one another. Given the stunning views they inherited or rural Devon, it was important that the kitchen didn’t obscure any flow towards the outdoor areas that they had planned for. The client loved cooking with an Aga, but she was mindful that it would spend most of the year switched off. Being a new build property, it would also be well insulated, so particular attention had to be given as to the best type of Aga to suggest. For ‘higher output’ cooking, they wished to incorporate an induction hob, but wanted this to be as discrete as possible, as it would not be used very often. They fell in love with the distressed zinc worktop that we had in our Kingsbridge, Devon showroom and she wanted to incorporate this into the design. However, she also had Silestone worktops in New York and loved the practicalities that this offered.
Working off plan, we had to work closely with the builder and architect to ensure that we could best utilise the space. The back of a staircase was encroaching into the room, so we had to build the tall housings to marry the pitched roof section in this area. All of the oak elements were tinted to match the floor finish to avoid the orange hues that one would normally associate with this type of timber. The ‘Holiday Mode’ setting on the Siemens ‘A Cool’ fridge and freezer helped maintain low running costs when they were away and the No Frost features on both appliances also ensured that they were not met with any unpleasant surprises each time they returned. We created an oak chopping board that could also be used as a cover for the Siemens induction hob, so it was out of sight when out of use.
The zinc island worktop was a great success, tying in perfectly with the Giara Britannium finished handles and polished stainless steel Elica ‘Belle’ extractors. We created a tongue and groove panel to mount the extractors to, matching the finish of the ceiling immaculately. The Total Control 5 oven Aga can be completely switched off whenever they return home, requiring only a short amount of time to fire up to full heat when needed. Next to each sink, we incorporated an integrated Siemens dishwasher, offering a low 42db noise level. – Stewart MacPherson, Senior Designer (Treyone Kingsbridge, Devon)
Colour: Farrow & Ball Skylight and Farrow & Ball Hague Blue
Worktops: Silestone ‘Blanco Zeus’ Suede finish and 40mm Distressed Zinc
Sink: Shaws Belfast sink
Tap: Quooker Flex tap with PRO3 tanks
Appliances: Siemens, Miele, Elica and AGA
Designer: Treyone Kingsbridge, Devon
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