Utopia    Real Home 03 Apr 2018

Fit for Purpose – A dream kitchen for this trained chef ticks the boxes for both function and style


A dream kitchen that meets the needs of a trained chef can be a tall order, but this stunning space ticks all the boxes of aesthetics and functionality.

As it was 20 years since last renovating their Edwardian property, David and Rosemary, who work in the hospitality sector, decided it was time for a refresh. The kitchen was smaller than the couple required with insufficient storage space. With David’s two children and three grandchildren visiting regularly, the kitchen needed to be fit for purpose as the hub of the home.

“The primary goal was to have an extension providing more space for living and a working kitchen which would equate to twice its original site,” explains Rosemary. “We asked for three distinct areas – a large kitchen with plenty of worktops and modern equipment with a high breakfast bar in order to conceal the preparation area when guests were seated in the dining area; a dining area to seat eight; and a seamless, inside-outside terrace with sliding doors on one level which we did not have before.”

The couple enlisted the services of McCarron & Co on the spot after visiting its Chelsea showroom. “Our intention was to visit several kitchen showrooms. We were so impressed with what we saw that we never looked back! It was a truly bespoke service and we were particularly impressed by the attention given to the ergonomics. My husband is over six feet tall and his needs, as the person doing all the cooking, had to be taken into account.”

Desiring a hand-painted kitchen with ‘statement’ pieces in wood, the couple initially favoured walnut, but were recommended to opt for oak instead as the former was “prone to changing colour over time and would likely date more quickly”. Co-founder Richard Jackson set about designing a kitchen with an island. “They wanted a clean, modern look,

but not a contemporary handle-less kitchen. The dining area needed to retain formality, but the whole scheme needed to flow from one area to the other and, when the weather permits, into the garden.”

The kitchen chosen was from McCarron & Co’s Brompton range, featuring a combination of factory-painted cabinets and natural oak, with the worktops in a modern quartz.

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Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine