A Dream Country Dwelling | Martin Moore

15 Jan 24

Nestled in the Surrey countryside and set on acres of leafy land, this characterful 17th-century farmhouse grabbed the hearts of a young family looking to create a forever home. The house, retaining many of its original and charming features, needed extending to make space for a functional beautiful family kitchen.  

An extension was built at the back corner of the property, perfectly located for incorporating Crittall-style doors to open out onto a picturesque and expansive landscaped garden. A large skylight and two further windows created a perpetually bright and airy space, blurring the boundary from outside to inside and bringing a sleek and contemporary touch to the property.

It was particularly important to the owners that the kitchen was an integral part of the home yet had a different feel to complement the historic property, not mimic it. David Sant, Senior Designer at
Martin Moore, suggested the English collection: a classic, timeless and pared-back style, the cabinetry would bridge the gap between the old and new for a seamless transition between spaces. Having worked with the clients on their previous kitchen in the city, David was well equipped to bring their vision to life. 

The cooking zone is a focal point of the kitchen, with a centrally located cooker and mantel perfectly framed by windows for a pleasing symmetrical design. The stylish black range cooker and window frames bring a contemporary look to the space; the modern black finishes perfectly juxtapose the subtly veined Capri Quartz worktops and cabinetry in Martin Moore’s ‘Pale Vanilla’. Brass handles bring further warmth to the room, beautifully harmonising with the rich wood floor and cabinetry. 

To the right of the cooking zone, a practical breakfast cupboard keeps small appliances and crockery neatly tucked away. A butler sink brings a traditional element into the space; although the extension’s architecture is sleek and modern, incorporating elements such as these gives the kitchen a distinctly country farmhouse feel.

The island, though large, does not obstruct the flow of the kitchen. It is a simple and functional design, incorporating a wine fridge, pan drawers and a hidden in-cupboard bin. Painted in a slightly darker shade than the main cabinetry, the island draws attention by sitting directly below the impressive skylight and matching glass lantern chandelier.