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Real home: narrow space turned comfortable luxury

Ingenious use of space in this long, thin property
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 19-07-2019 12:30pm

The project in a nutshell

Who lives here? Ben and Kate

Location: West London

Property style: Victorian townhouse

Designer: Alison Lynch, Roundhouse

Creating the perfect family-friendly kitchen was central to this rebuild. The couple wanted to totally redesign their inside space, even to the extent of forming a new basement complete with wine cellar.

A very large central island sits the heart of the kitchen, enabling the family to have as much prep space as possible and entertain guests in style. A notoriously tricky task in long, thin London townhouses. Natural minerals in the form of a quartzite counter on the island, which the couple chose themselves, add a luxurious vibe to the sleek design. Whilst brass handles, taps and edging under the counters give the metallic warmth that is proving so popular at the moment.

The island also has some great features up its sleeve, functional storage space as well as a downdraft extractor.

Innovative touches included by Roundhouse are some of the couples favourite features now, “we loved the mirrored splashback and hanging shelves above the sink from the beginning”, says Ben.

For this family of foodies, storage has been made paramount: “one of my favourite parts of the design now, is how the fridge, oven, hob, larder and storage all work together. It was important for the kitchen to be really functional.”

The kitchen now opens out onto the garden, this combined with roof lights means tons more natural light flowing into the room.

Designer Allison Lynch explains: “The glass wall with doors to the garden meant the kitchen needed to run along the left side. Because the opposite wall is quite a distance from the sink run, it made sense for that to be the seating area with the island working really well in between.”

Sleek handleless cabinets from Roundhouses Urbo range are painted with soft tones which work well with the detail in the warm herringbone flooring. Lynch explains “the planks are slightly bigger than usual, bringing a modern edge to a luxurious look.”

The orange upholstered banquette adds to the sociable feel of the room and gives the maximum amount of seating available.

Lynch’s favourite part of the design? “The choice of material – I love how the brass shelf and stone worktop elevate the kitchen to something very special.”

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Hannah Caton

Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.