Working alongside Neptune Chichester, they spent their time researching the look and feel for their perfect kitchen using saved photographs and pages pulled from magazines. ‘It was important to us not to copy any kitchen exactly, and working with Neptune meant that we were able to create a bespoke and unique kitchen. The team really helped us to realise what we wanted in the space.’
With plenty of room to work with, they decided to expand their kitchen project into an adjoining utility room. Working with the Henley collection, they’ve found a balance between a modern and stylish finish and a traditional design. ‘We were lucky that the kitchen is quite large, meaning we had plenty of room to work with, to include our island and cooker, and it also meant that we could paint the cabinets in deep navy Ink without it becoming too dark a room.’
The velvety colour of the cabinetry paired with quartz surfaces that mimic the look of marble creates a striking scheme that grounds the otherwise light and open space. The utility room, on the other hand, is painted in paler, calming Moss green, as the owners knew it should be welcoming as well as functional. Especially because it’s the second entrance to their home. Aware it needed both warmth and to look clean and bright, they set their cabinetry against patterned floor tiles that reference heritage styles without being too fussy. ‘The beauty of the Neptune kitchen, because it’s handcrafted, is that we know that, when the time comes and we do want to refresh the look, we can simply repaint it.’
The structural challenges met during the restoration were few and far between, and the only difficulty encountered was that the statement extraction fan placed above the island range meant that piping had to be redirected through the house and into the chimney stack. Although the original plan was to include an open island with shelving, the owners compromised with a solid design in order to move the all-important range cooker from the wall to the island. ‘Thankfully, it ended up working very well and was a small price to pay in solving a major problem. Plus, it’s given plenty of additional storage space for our cooking utensils to be next to the range rather than across the room.’
Taking just under nine months to complete, the kitchen along with its adjoining utility room is now the hub of their home. They’ve been in the house for around a year, and the kitchen has become the perfect place for their shared love of baking and cooking, but with room to relax as well.