Kentish Cottage Conversion

09 Dec 21

Nestled away in the beautiful Kent countryside, this charming 16th century cottage, and adjoining barn, forms part of a much larger estate, offering direct access to one of England’s most idyllic rural landscapes. Home to a couple, and their four young children, the kitchen underwent a radical transformation. As experts in bespoke design, Martin Moore was the first choice when it came to designing the expansive new space.

The cottage had been in the family for many years, and the previous kitchen occupied only a small space within the home. However, now with four young children, the owners chose to relocate the new kitchen to the connecting barn, offering the family a much larger, open-plan living/dining space, including a mezzanine level floor. 

The owners wanted a fusion of classic and contemporary; a kitchen that was very much in harmony with the style of the building but that also had a touch of modernity. To achieve this,
Martin Moore combined their New Classic and Modernist cabinetry. 

Due to the age and heritage of the house, meticulous planning was necessary to work around the unusual architectural aspects of the property, namely the beautiful oak beams, the charming, sloped ceiling, and the uneven walls. This was where Martin Moore’s expertise really came to the fore. Masters in bespoke design, all of their kitchens are entirely built to order in their Yorkshire workshops, allowing them to design furniture which enhances the architecture of the room, whilst taking advantage of every inch of space. 

A large number of appliances and cooking equipment needed to be stored out of sight, making hidden storage space an essential part of the brief.  Alongside deep drawers in the island and wall run, Martin Moore also designed a capacious larder, an appliance/breakfast cupboard, and a bespoke china cabinet, to house the couple’s sizeable china collection. 

With a love of cooking and entertaining, state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances were a ‘must have’, including two integrated dishwashers, two wall ovens, a downdraft extractor and a teppanyaki induction hob. 

Carefully chosen colours and textures are key to the kitchen’s success.  Working alongside interior designer Nicola Borton, the owners opted for a deliberately muted, sophisticated colour scheme, achieving a soft visual interest that complements and enhances the space.  

Lending a cosy, country feel to the room and designed to take advantage of the spectacular pastoral views, Martin Moore installed a bench seat next to the low window. Not only does it tie in with the more traditional elements of the room, it also offers concealed storage space and a calm, relaxing area for reading - the perfect finishing feature of an inviting, family kitchen. 

Cabinetry: Fusion of New Classic and Modernist collection painted in ‘Pale Dove Grey’ and ‘Winter Sky’.  

Worktops: Piracema granite in a polished finish