The clients are a retired couple, who first approached Treyone when they were in the process of downsizing and relocating from their Dartmouth farmhouse to a bespoke, modern coastal property in Thurlestone, Devon. The new property came with a virtually new high gloss, white, handle-less kitchen that did not speak of their tastes at all. They wanted to schedule the work required prior to moving into their new home, so they could start their project as soon as they were in possession of the keys.
A lot of the furniture they had acquired over the years was traditional. It was key to embrace this when focusing on the design, whilst appreciating that the property itself was very contemporary. They wanted to incorporate a low-level seating area, where one could enjoy the sea views of the Devon coast in the morning. They had an old circular breakfast table that they wished to up-cycle and incorporate into the footprint of the kitchen. As a sports enthusiast, Alan wanted to accommodate a 40” Bang & Olufsen TV, which could be rotated to achieve the perfect viewing angle from the breakfast area or sofa. They loved the texture of Ash, but did not want to add another ‘wood tone’ to the space. The room had to provide for a large dining table that they already owned, as well as space for two armchairs and a dresser. As the space was quite long (yet narrow), it was important to consider the spacing between each zone. As they were downsizing, plenty of storage had to be provided in order to accommodate the wealth of items they had acquired over the years. Drawers were preferred for ease of access and ideas to de-clutter work surfaces were welcomed. The appliances had to be intuitive and efficient, yet provide for a variety of cooking adventures. The work surfaces had to be durable enough to withstand the toughest of stains, as well as visits from the grandchildren. As they had underfloor heating, the positions of the waste and water supplies could not be altered and so the new kitchen had to be designed with this in mind.
Treyone found a suitable candidate to purchase the kitchen and appliances inherited with the property and arranged the careful removal and delivery of this. The clients also wanted to take this opportunity to re-varnish the timber floors, alter lighting positions and re-decorate the entire space prior to the new kitchen being installed. Treyone helped coordinate this to achieve a smooth transition from one trade to another. We looked at the tint of the flooring to ensure that the oak elements of the kitchen would blend in seamlessly and not add a further tonal value to the space. We obtained the same material that was used to upholster the armchairs and used this to upholster the L shaped bench seat. This also helped inform the colour of the island and table legs, which were painted in Morris & Co. ‘Indigo’. To help ensure that the back wall did not dominate too much, we paired back the furniture colour in this area to Farrow & Ball ‘Purbeck Stone’. The light mushroom tones also added a bit more warmth and provided a subtle contrast to the Lapitec worktops and wall cladding. It was important for the extractor to not be a visual showpiece, so we specified an Elica ‘Hidden’ extractor, which is both quiet and neatly tucked away out of sight within the furniture. To mirror the circular table, we incorporated a semi-circular unit to the opposite end of the island. The clients were extremely pleased with the result and have subsequently commissioned us to provide utility room, study and wine storage cabinetry. – Stewart MacPherson, Senior Designer (Treyone Kingsbridge, Devon)
Colour: Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone (sink run), Morris and Co. – Indigo (island)
Worktops: Lapitec, Arabescata Perla
Appliances: Miele, Elica
Designer: Treyone Kingsbridge, Devon
“We are happy to give 10 out of 10 for performance. Stewart was very helpful in planning the kitchen from the outset and was full of good ideas to satisfy our requirements. We are delighted with the finished product and would like to say that Paul did an excellent job on the installation giving great attention to detail. We have no hesitation in recommending Treyone and have already placed an order for an additional piece of furniture.” – Thurlestone, Devon
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