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Real home: Exposed beams create drama in a barn kitchen

This new extension combines timeless cabinetry design with state-of-the-art appliances
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 08-02-2022 16:45pm

Around 10 years on from submitting their original planning application for a new extension, Bec and Neil Greenaway finally got the go-ahead to convert an existing stable block into their dream kitchen space. “Having decorated the rest of the house to suit our style, being able to create the family kitchen we wanted was the final piece of the puzzle,” says Bec. “We wanted a family room that was a sociable space for entertaining as well as everyday life with the family.”

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- Owners/residents:  Bec and Neil Greenaway, their two sons, Morgan and Rhys, as well as Jake the dog and two cats, Phoebe and Mitzi
- Designer: Ben Lihou, senior designer at Tom Howley

- Style: Rustic, traditional

- Kitchen feature: The bespoke Hartford kitchen cabinetry is finished off with polished chrome cup handles and is painted in Tom Howley’s Thistle paint and the island unit in Dewberry, to complement Downpipe by Farrow & Ball on the walls

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For the couple, incorporating traditional elements, such as the Aga and the ceiling beams, was a top priority from the start of the design process. The beams bring a dramatic feel to the space, making the most of the height in the room, as well as giving a nod to the barn’s history and adding a truly striking design feature. With this in mind, Bec was keen to keep the overall finish of the kitchen in keeping with the property and the designer has cleverly blended a classic design with state-of-the-art appliances to make the space work for this modern family.

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A main focus of the kitchen is the large island in the centre, which provides a spacious worktop and a bar area for informal dining and socialising. “Neil was very hands on with the layout of the kitchen and we were given lots of different plans of the space to help us decide what would work best,” explains Bec. “It was important that the room flowed, from the kitchen through to the dining and lounge area, and felt like one space despite it serving three different functions.”

One way this was achieved was through the use of colour and by using a consistent shade along all the walls that ties in with the cabinetry. Cool grey shades and masculine black touches are softened by natural woods and light worktops to create a bright and welcoming space. “After years of waiting, the kitchen has now really become the heart of our home,” says Bec.

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Q & A – Ben Lihou, senior designer at Tom Howley

- What was your brief when you took on this project?
Bec and her husband, Neil, came to us wanting to create the perfect kitchen space for spending time with family and friends in their new extension. This new open-plan space needed to function as a state-of-the-art kitchen, as well as somewhere for the whole family to relax in. They had specific requirements for the type of appliances they wanted to incorporate into the design but were open to our ideas on layout and space planning.

- What were the main challenges you faced when designing the space?
As we had a large space to work with, it was important that the scale and proportion of all the furniture was well considered so that nothing looked lost in the room. We had a lot of appliances to include and work into the design so had to offer clever storage solutions to the client to ensure the space fitted their needs from a practical perspective, while still feeling homely and family friendly.

- What are some of the stand-out features of this kitchen that you’re most proud of as the designer of the project?
The bi-fold dresser with the built-in Miele bean-to-cup coffee machine is a beautiful cabinet and fits in perfectly between the island and dining area. I think the mix of colours and materials work harmoniously in the space and I love the warmth the timber trusses bring to the grey colour palette. The light marble effect composite worktop from Silestone lifts the scheme and contrasts the darker colours of the units and walls. The polished chrome taps, handles and ball finial hinges tie in with the detailing on the Aga and keeps the overall look crisp and clean.

Credit: Darren Chung (Images), Cassie Pryce (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 252

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Exposed brick and reclaimed oak give this space a homely feel
A home with a quirky indian persona

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