Natural Oak Kitchen Cabinets and a Skylight Are the Stars of This Kitchen Renovation

The before: With low ceilings and pale yellow, Shaker-style cabinets, the original kitchen was not intended for living. The tight, rectangular room was once a service quarter, so its layout was inefficient for modern use.

The inspiration: “The clients were very keen that it be quite timeless, quite minimal, but quite classic, as well,” George recalls. “They loved the idea of the natural earthiness of the timber, but they didn’t want something that felt like a fad or sort of funky, so a lot of the design is quite ageless.”

Square footage: 35 square meters (approximately 377 square feet)

Budget: “For a typical extension like this, you would be looking at approximately £3,000 per square meter excluding taxes,” George estimates. That’s about $359 per square foot.

A single, massive pivot door opens the kitchen up to the backyard.


Main ingredients: 

Cabinet Fronts, Wall Cladding, Shelving, and Benches: Custom Natural Oak by joiner Jai Brodie. “We wanted to keep the palette really simple,” says George. “Oak was the main material used for the kitchen. The key thing was we worked with a joiner that we knew, who is a friend of the company and that we’d worked with before. He’s a real craftsman and specialist.”

Flooring: Wood and Beyond Engineered Natural Oak Boards. “The client was really worried about overusing oak, so that was probably the toughest decision to make—having the floors and the joinery all the same—but we were quite convinced it would work,” George remembers.

Table and Chairs: Client’s Own

Countertops and Backsplash: Silestone.“It’s just got a nice, subtle texture, but it’s not too loud. It blends into the background,” George illustrates.

Lighting: New Works Material Pendant in Light Grey Concrete, Tom Dixon Boom Wall Light in Black, and Astro Lighting Eclipse Round LED Sconce

Wall paint: Dulux Pure Brilliant White

Faucet: Grohe Minta Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in SuperSteel

Oven: Bosch

“The main reason for having the open shelves came from seeing what an amazing whiskey collection the clients had when we first visited the house,” George reasons.


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