A tiny cottage kitchen in the village of Sawley has been transformed into a glamorous contemporary living space. Photography: Mark Tattersall

A professional couple were delighted when they had the opportunity to move back into their cottage in Sawley, a village they have known and loved for many years.

The traditional property which is hundreds of years old is quirky and full of character. However, when it came to replacing the old-fashioned kitchen they were presented with a number of problems, not least the low beamed ceiling which would not allow for standard-height kitchen cabinets.

They decided to take advice from Katie Green at Heart of Your Home Kitchens of Waddington.

Katie is well known for her ability to design around awkward spaces and her innovative kitchen designs that work on every level.

As practical as they are beautiful, Katie’s designs are delivered on a super-intelligent CAD system that enables her to move things around and even accessorise the kitchen, enabling clients to see exactly what their new living space will look like.

As well as the chunky ceiling cross beams, the Sawley cottage had uneven walls and floors. There was also a wall with an old chimney breast and alcoves – making the design complex but not impossible.

“We knew exactly what we wanted but we were not sure if our ideas would work in such an old property,” explained the couple.

“We had set our heart on a contemporary kitchen – a real contrast to what had been in before. We visited Katie’s beautiful showroom to discuss the design and we voiced our reservations as to whether a really modern kitchen would work in a cottage.”

“Katie explained that the ceiling height wouldn’t be a problem as she was able to provide bespoke cabinetry.”

With Katie’s help the couple chose German inspired Porter gloss handleless cabinets in a mixture of Dove Grey and Lava from the Biography collection. Chicstone worktops in chunky White Mirror were installed on the island with contrasting Pegasus for the sink area.

“We didn’t think we would have room for an island unit as the kitchen is so small but it works perfectly!”

Katie was also able to integrate the oven and microwave into the old chimney breast alcove and used the extra space to create more storage.

“You wouldn’t know there was a chimney breast and alcove there,” said Katie who enjoyed working on the challenging project.”

“It was a small space to work with but the result is really practical as there is lots of storage which is exactly what my clients specified. I’m really delighted with the finished kitchen which looks beautiful and complements the rest of the house perfectly.”

The 3m x 5.5m kitchen has now been transformed from what was a tiny dark working area into a glamourous living space. Incorporated into the island unit is the latest Neff Venting Induction hob which eradicated the need for an intrusive chimney extractor. There is also a wine cooler in the island as well as a compact dining area for the couple.

All the Neff appliances are integrated into the glossy bespoke cabinetry and when the wall cupboards are opened the doors glide effortlessly just a few millimetres below the old ceiling beams.

The down-lighting under the cabinets and strip lighting in the island unit create atmosphere and ambience in the evening, while the glossy light grey marble floor makes the kitchen appear more spacious and airy.

The end result has delighted the Sawley couple, who add: “We just left Katie to it as we had total confidence in her. Katie’s kitchen fitter Mick was fantastic – a total perfectionist.”

“Initially we were unsure as to whether a contemporary kitchen in a relatively small space in a traditional cottage would work but everyone who has seen it is absolutely amazed. It really has the wow factor and we are just so pleased.”

“We keep coming in here and just can’t believe the transformation!”

Heart of Your Home Kitchens Ltd
Backridge Farm Business Centre
Twitter Lane, Bashall Eaves BB7 3LQ
01200 444540



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