Utopia    Real Home 29 Mar 2018

From cattle shed to contemporary kitchen – this deVOL-designed space is the perfect family retreat 


This former cattle shed, in Wigton, Norfolk, when not acting as an idyllic retreat for paying guests, is the perfect family ‘hangout’ for its owners.

Aptly named The Cattle Shed, this period property underwent a full – and impressive – renovation to turn it into the warm, welcoming and contemporary space it is now. It was on a day trip to Norfolk, when the owners noticed a collection of ramshackle cattle sheds and challenged themselves to transform the space into a series of bright and beautiful countryside retreats. Two years on and the couple have finished their first barn – a striking property that is filled with light, colour and a scattering of period elements. But the space would simply not be finished without the stunning deVOL-designed Shaker kitchen that stands centre stage.

This large-scale kitchen manages to feel spacious yet cosy at the same time. The shaker-style cabinetry embraces country-kitchen style, but by adding a stylish, deep Pantry blue brings it into the 21st century – perfectly balancing traditional and contemporary influences. Concrete floors add to this effect and are atoned for by the masses of natural light spilling in from the skylights – brightening the contemporary colour palette.

Sitting below a large extraction unit, is a sweet Smeg Victoria range cooker and handily-placed deVOL aged brass pot filler. A duo of sinks – one a butler-style in crisp white and the other embracing a warm copper finish – are also paired with brass-look taps, and help provide all the essential amenities for cooking and food preparation.

The central island, in contrast to the surrounding cabinetry, is finished in deVOL’s Linen cream hue, perfectly coordinating with the cream Smeg fridge. The light Linen and deep Pantry blue colours both work beautifully with the kitchen’s Iroko wood worktops and Helen’s Stool, by deVOL. Stretching to over three metres in length, the central island provides plentiful workspace and a suitable breakfast-bar-style seating area, also – ensuring the kitchen is functional, sociable and perfectly pretty.

The Cattle Shed’s stunningly spacious kitchen was handmade in deVOL’s Leicestershire workshop, as with all its designs.



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