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Real home: A tired bungalow gets a new lease of life

This homely refurb pivots all around the kitchen
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 08-05-2022 09:00am

Sam and Paul Vogel are no strangers to a good home refurb. “This is the sixth home we have ‘done’, and almost all of them have appeared in some sort of magazine or media before,” say Sam as we chat at the kitchen table in her Suffolk home.

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- Owners/residents: Sam and Paul Vogel and their children Felix, Rufus and Milo

- Designer: Paul Watson, architect and builder

- Style: Rustic, eclectic

- Kitchen feature: Bespoke handleless wooden cabinetry was designed by the home owners and hand-built to order. The cabinetry, walls and floors are all painted in the same white to give a sense of flow and unity throughout

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Now her husband and their three children are firmly settled here in their current home, which was originally a modest two bed bungalow but has been almost tripled in size to five bedrooms, five bathrooms and four reception rooms since its renovation.

“I’m very into recycling furniture, which is why one of our sitting rooms looks exactly like our London loft from 20 years ago,” laughs Sam. “Our white Smeg fridge was in one of the cottages at our old houses. I’ve learnt to only buy what I love so I always want to re-use it. Even in terms of the appliances, I bought good quality in the first place and we have had the same equipment for many years. We also have a utility room for washing and drying, but I like to call it our futility room.”

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The couple wanted the kitchen cabinetry to be “simple and highly functional” and when it came to planning the layout it was all about creating a space that was central to the house and had a great sense of light, space and flow. “Keeping the chimney was a pragmatic decision initially – it would have been just so expensive to pull out – but I actually like the idea now that this kitchen is not all open plan.” By creating a little separation between the kitchen and the snug, the family now have a reading nook at the back of the dining area. “So I can be reading in the back but still keep a vague eye on homework sessions,” says Sam. “We like that we all have lots of spaces to retreat to in this house.”

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Q & A – Paul Watson, architect and builder

- How were you brought into the project?
I was asked to come up with a revised scheme after original designs by another architect weren’t moving on. My brief was left quite open in terms of design but we went through various ideas before landing on what you now see. Space, light and modern style were key and because we had to keep the original bungalow we were governed by certain limits.

- Can you tell us about the layout?
The basic belief of all of us concerned was that the kitchen must and should be the central core of the design. Situated thus, the natural light and flowing floor draws you in.

- And the materials?
As I’m a builder as well as an architect this is very important. We had specially designed Tulip boards to give an air of industrial, while also being strong and durable. The thinking behind the marble bespoke top is much the same. The basic premise was to let the materials be shown for what they are. Everything is white to allow the owners to add colour.

Credit: Darren Chung (Images), Ciara Elliott (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 254

Also read:
Real home: An eco-friendly cooking space for the whole family

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