Cashmere and Walnut Riverside Home

Client interview

Can you talk us through the process of your new build?

We weren’t originally planning to self build. We’d bought a house next to the river Severn and just 72 days after we moved in there were torrential rains and the river burst its banks. It was the flood of February 2014 and 1.5 metres of water destroyed our home and everything in it. Looking back now it feels like something really good that came from something pretty awful.

Were there any restrictions in what type of house you could build?

The exterior of the house had to fit in with architectural style of neighbouring cottages and we were restricted on height due to the eyeline of the nearby road bridge. So although the outside of the house looks quite traditional, we decided that contemporary open plan would be a great way to make best use of the space under the eaves. Internally it’s upside down so that the kitchen, living and dining areas make the most of the views of the river. Ironically, the same river that destroyed our old house looks really quite nice when it floods and it makes the lane so peaceful.

  • Kitchen island with Callerton Deco design features, leather stools and Silestone work surface
  • Upstairs kitchen in modern contemporary open plan kitchen space
  • Wine fridge and coffee machine create a convenient drinks station
  • Full height units under the eaves with walnut recessed display shelves
  • Cashmere cream kitchen design with walnut design accents
  • Modern open plan kitchen living space in neutral cashmere, brown and cream tones
    • Contemporary kitchen design with wine fridge and kitchen island
    • Silestone worktops are practical, durable and beautiful
    • Modern kitchen design with walnut end panels, shelving and kickboards
    • Looking across the open plan kitchen, dining and living space

      Did you have a clear idea of how you wanted the new kitchen to look?

      With the open plan room design, I wanted a kitchen that didn’t look like a kitchen. We opted for a handleless design and made everything as streamlined as possible. Angela and Jeremy did a superb job of making a kitchen that doesn’t look utilitarian. Unbelievably, we’ve had guests come over who didn’t realise it was a kitchen. We ended up creating the colour palette for the whole house including internal doors and the flooring around the kitchen design.

      Can you talk us through the different seating areas?

      The little table in the window is perhaps my favourite; I love to sit here with my morning coffee and read the newspaper looking out to the garden and over the river. The breakfast counter is used by my husband and son to eat before they go to work, or when people come over for dinner and watch me cook. We also have the dining table for family meals and entertaining. It is nice to have different areas to sit and cosy little nooks.

      Do you like to cook?

      Very much so; I cook all sorts from Thai to traditional. The ovens get used twice a day with a proper breakfast and an evening meal. I’d never cooked with a steam oven before and was astounded by the various options and how much better they are. You can bake a perfect sponge and there are different settings, for example, pizzas, which cook from underneath. Fish with steam. Crunchy crackling. The variations are brilliant. I now cook everything slowly and it retains the flavour. And I love the convenience of the warming drawer for meals that would ruin if reheated in the microwave.

      The BORA hob is fantastic; boiling water is practically instant and the highest setting can easily handle some serious extraction - you can cook anything on it and the smell immediately disappears which is so important in open plan spaces where you don’t want cooking smells to cling to your soft furnishings. And because there’s no overhead extractor unit, the hob sits really well on the island and doesn’t draw attention to itself.

      What are you most impressed by in the kitchen?

      The amount of storage space is incredible. Because it doesn’t look like a kitchen, it’s not obvious where everything is. Angela and Jeremy suggested racks in the cupboards either side of the oven that I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen but they’re brilliant, there’s no wasted space and I’ve got so much space to put everything; under the island, either side of the ovens, along the wall. I fill every space that there is.

      What are your lasting impressions of the project?

      I think the beauty of doing a new build is getting the house that you really want. I’d never been in a situation to buy a new kitchen before so having it designed totally for me was wonderful. It was so important to get the kitchen right and then everything was built around it. I don’t think I could go back to having a normal kitchen. You get used to the technology and the ovens make me appear to be a far better cook!

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