When Jodie and Stuart decided to have their home built, they knew who would design the kitchen before they’d even selected an architect or a builder. “We viewed so many houses before choosing to undertake a new build, and a number of them had Martin Moore kitchens,” says Jodie. “All of them had stood the test of time really well, so we knew that the quality of the company’s kitchens could be relied upon.”
As the house reflects Arts & Crafts style, and is built using reclaimed bricks and oak, the couple had a clear idea about the type of design they wanted, too. A fairly simple aesthetic, which echoed the emphasis on honest craftsmanship that the period influence dictated, would mean that the kitchen would be functional and easy to keep clean, and also wouldn’t date quickly. The mix of painted and natural wood surfaces was a must-have too, in order to harmonise with the mixture of decorative finishes in the rest of the house – while the painted elements would also allow the look to be easily updated if required.
The Architectural Kitchen display at Martin Moore’s Esher showroom caught the couple’s eye, and they began working with senior designer Pam Baker, to determine the layout. “It’s a sizeable room, but also the family is large, and they often have guests staying, so we created dedicated zones for the different functions – cooking, food preparation, storage, entertaining, cleaning up. This means that a number of people can use the kitchen without getting in each other’s way,” Pam explains.
Another key element of the design is the number of drawers. The family’s kitchen in Sydney had more of these than cupboards, so they were already aware how much easier they made accessing and putting away crockery and kitchen equipment. In terms of appliances, the couple also knew largely what to choose already, based on their food and drink preferences. A steam oven was a particular must, as were wine fridges – which they brought back from Australia with them – and a Quooker instant hot water tap proved a worthy addition to the usual mix of ovens, hobs and refrigeration.
The end result? It’s a triumph both in terms of practicality and aesthetics. “It’s easy to move around even when busy, and it’s a really pleasant and social space to be in, so we all tend to gather here. Friends drop in for a coffee and stay for a wine!”Martin Moore | martinmoore.com