A beautiful working kitchen that flows seamlessly into a fabulous orangery is the end result of a major renovation and installation project by Heart of Your Home Kitchens. Photography: Vanessa Fry
It was while enjoying walks and family picnics in the countryside that David and Shelley Isherwood discovered Backridge Farm Business Centre in Waddington, Clitheroe.
To her surprise, Shelley spotted Heart of Your Home Kitchens’ fabulous boutique showroom tucked away next to Melt candles and vowed to make contact with kitchen design expert Katie Green.
“I had waited 19 years for a new kitchen and when I saw Katie’s showroom I knew Heart of Your Home Kitchens was the one for me!” says Shelley.
After following Katie on Instagram, Shelley and David made an appointment at Heart of Your Home Kitchens to discuss their options. The couple have lived in their three-bedroom stone-built house in Burnley for almost two decades and were keen to get their kitchen project underway.
Having recently added an impressive orangery on to the back of the house to link in with the new kitchen, they had a good idea of what they were looking for: “The original kitchen was a small galley style with 1980s units, so we were ready for a change!
“When we arrived at Heart of Your Home Kitchens’ showroom, I just thought, ‘This is exactly what I want’. The showroom really influenced our choices.”
“As soon as we started discussing the project with Katie we knew she was the right person for the job. She understood our ideas perfectly and set to work on producing CAD drawings for us so we could see exactly what our new kitchen would look like.”
“I knew I wanted grey to feature in the kitchen as we had already bought a lovely dining room table in pale grey with steel legs. I also wanted a stronger shade so we swapped colours around quite a lot on the CAD screen until we got exactly the look we wanted to achieve. Katie was so patient!”
David and Shelley opted for Heart of Your Home Kitchens 1909 Shaker style painted cabinetry in Partridge Grey and Hartforth Blue with chunky Corian worktops in Silver Birch.
A bespoke central island unit fits perfectly into the new kitchen space, which was opened up by knocking down the adjoining wall to the old kitchen and dining room. One end of the island is curved to create a small bar-style dining area – Katie designed the support leg which exactly matches the stainless-steel legs of the couple’s existing reclaimed grey dining table in the adjoining new orangery.
Shelley was keen to keep an existing traditional larder in the 1919-built property: “It keeps food really cool so I didn’t want to lose it.”
However there was a lot of wiring and pipework in the original larder, so Katie worked out a way of hiding them by creating a beautiful walk in larder with bespoke doors which match the rest of the cabinetry.
“We are delighted that we can use the larder as it was originally intended,” adds Shelley, who opted for a Neff slide and hide oven alongside a combination oven microwave, a warming drawer, large induction hob with an island ceiling extractor, dishwasher and Quooker boiling water tap.
Katie also created a book shelf to sit neatly in a recess where the original adjoining wall had been knocked down, as well as incorporating a small window seat overlooking the garden.
“I can’t praise Katie enough or her kitchen installer Mick – he was fantastic!” says Shelley.
“Katie even advised on lighting – there is an industrial-style pendant over the dining end of the island and the seating. She was willing to get involved and advise in all aspects of the project and Mick even installed the speakers in the new kitchen ceiling for our Sonos sound system!”
For Shelley and David, the result is a beautiful kitchen that seamlessly flows into their new orangery. The beautiful tiled flooring was supplied by Collins White of Lincoln Way, Clitheroe – Shelley chose slate-grey tiles to tone with the cabinets and dove grey table, while the bi-fold doors open up the whole living space to the terrace and garden outside.
“It is a great family space and fantastic for entertaining,” agree Shelley and David who have a son Oliver, at drama school.
“We totally appreciated Katie’s input and her way of working. She is a great communicator and kept us updated every step of the way. She remained in touch even when she was away on holiday!”
“She is wonderful to work with – Katie never says no. She is a great problem solver when it comes to working around unusual, tricky spaces and we are absolutely thrilled with our new 1909 Kitchen!”
Heart of Your Home Kitchens
Backridge Farm Business Centre
Twitter Lane, Waddington
Clitheroe BB7 3LQ