Utopia    Real Home 29 Aug 2017
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This converted barn makes for a stunning open-plan kitchen space, with a rough-luxe vibe

Fred and Hannah Scarlett wanted a simple, elegant kitchen to sit in proportion with the extremely large space and, as keen chefs, it was crucial space would not only look great but also function properly as a kitchen.

“We wanted to be able to entertain with ease and raise our family around food and cooking,” says Hannah. “We didn’t want fussy details or to compromise the space as a kitchen. The stone and the cabinet colours add to the strength
and confidence of the design and the tall, feature units stand proud as individual pieces
of furniture. We also loved the build quality
and attention to detail of Higham’s, they have painstakingly developed kitchens and cabinetry that are as well made as they are beautiful.”

The Higham team, led by owner and head designer, Tim Higham, were certainly spoilt for space with this kitchen design.

“The scale and height, although amazing for a kitchen and dining room space, did present a few challenges and we also needed to work around the steel beams holding the room up,” said Tim. “The 2.2m long Lacanche bespoke range cooker that Hannah and Fred selected is a serious piece of kit and this is the largest range cooker we’ve ever worked with.”

Tim Higham recommends getting your kitchen designer involved as early on in the planning process as possible, particularly
if your kitchen will be bespoke.

“Any necessary compromises are then made early on and the bespoke nature of the kitchen is not compromised later in the process,” said Tim. “For most people, the way they live is essential to what they want to achieve, for example, if they enjoy cooking or socialising their kitchen will need to reflect that.”

“We needed a bespoke option, given the tricky building, with ancient wonky walls, and exposed steel girders,” says Hannah. “Out of all the companies we met with, Higham gave us the confidence that they would be able to cope with the unusual space, and they did an amazing job.”

Despite the challenges, the design team at Higham have certainly created a stunningly spacious kitchen full of impressive appliances and storage space. The contemporary space has been cleverly crafted inside a restored barn dating back to the 1800s which makes it even more impressive.

Higham Furniture | higham.co.uk
Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine