Case Study: Multi Function Living

Many of us dream of having a kitchen that not only performs as an inspiring cooking environment, but that combines effortlessly with a workable living space too. A space that is beautifully crafted to achieve the delicate balance of functionality, comfort and luxury. This Bower Willis Designs kitchen delivers on all counts, and so much more.

“Multi-function spaces have become the versatile hub of the modern family home,” says Jeremy Bower. “People increasingly ask us to design kitchens where families can cook, eat and work together.” And such was the case in this tiny Cotswold village when a client approached Bower Willis Designs to design a new kitchen and living spaces as part of their home renovation project. Building client confidence was fundamental to the success of this design since they had experienced problems with kitchen suppliers in the past at their previous home. “It was with some caution and nervousness that I approached Bower Willis because of previous experience,” says the client, “but I have nothing but praise for their professional and business like approach. Nothing has been too much trouble and they have been a pleasure to work with.”

“It would, I think, be fair to say that I went to them with plenty of my own ideas. I’d had a long time to consider the type and style of my new kitchen and they responded quickly with a clear understanding of what I wanted. They share my passion for attention to detail and we worked together to create a design with which I am now so happy.”

The project involved a series of rooms in the sizeable extension to the back of the property, including kitchen, boot room, utility room, dining and sitting areas. Each space had its own set of requirements; the kitchen should of course be functional, elegant and inviting, where the owners could enjoy creating meals to share with friends and family. “I enjoy cooking,” says the client, “Sunday lunch is a tradition in our family and I do not use convenience meals. The layout of this big room works really well as all our everyday requirements are here in one place.”

To enhance the owners’ enjoyment of cooking and entertaining, the kitchen features a wealth of cooking appliances, including a V-ZUG combi steam oven and induction hob, as well as an Aga, which the client had purchased previously. “I wanted the work tops and sink to co-ordinate as much as possible with the Aga so that it became a seamless run of colour,” the client explains. “I also did not want tall cupboards as I felt these would intrude too much on an area which is also a dining and sitting area. As a practical matter, I’m not very tall and didn’t want to have to stand on steps to reach things down, and they get more awkward as you get older too.”

Inviting guests effortlessly away from the kitchen is the dining area with elegant mahogany table and chairs. “I am finding that entertaining is less formal than at our previous house, where we had a separate dining room, but this informality is very popular now. We have already had a number of friends for supper and it has worked extremely well.”

Past the table you will find the comfort and relaxation of a stylishly furnished sitting area, lovingly referred to as ‘the snug’. With inviting sofas, a wood burning stove and bespoke in-frame furniture painted in a muted Period matt grey, the full height bookcases and drawers along one wall balance the room beautifully with the kitchen. Every detail has been considered, for example, the fireside cupboard nestled in the window aperture has pocket doors to discreetly conceal the television on an innovative hinge system.

“This project is a great example of combining elements of classic style with modern design,” says Jeremy. “We have contemporary square edge panels in the boot room and utility, Deco crossover style in the kitchen and timeless furniture in the sitting room. When considered sympathetically to the fabric of the building, there’s no reason why traditional and contemporary can’t make perfect design partners.”

Just off to the side of the kitchen sits the hard wearing, functional utility room. Designed in Oak and Graphite colours to complement the kitchen design, it features an impressive wall of floor to celling cupboards that elegantly swallow the storage of those less frequently used items, alongside an additional fridge and a full height freezer. An extra sink, u-shape layout of under counter cupboards and laundry appliances complete the room.

“The boot room at the side entrance to the house posed an interesting brief,” explains Jeremy, “as we needed to accommodate the gas boiler and electrical tech wizardry housed in the command centre of a contemporary home.” Fireproofing panels between each unit ensured safety, neatly concealed behind a wall of full height burgundy units in high gloss finish to create a sleek and stylish appeal.

Products used:
Kitchen: Callerton Grand Deco in Oak and Midnight Grey. Silestone worktops in Marengo Suede.
Utility: Callerton Cubic in Oak and Graphite Grey. Silestone worktops in Blanco Norte.
Sitting room: Bespoke in-frame furniture.
Boot room: Callerton in high-gloss burgundy.
The design was complemented with innovative, sophisticated direct task and ambient lighting by Lightmasters.


For more information on kitchen design and Come in and see us at
The Coach House, 3b New Street, Shipston On Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4EW.
Call us on 01608 690 870

For further kitchen inspiration, don’t forget our Pinterest boards and check out our Twitter and Facebook pages too.