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Classic Shaker Kitchen – Combe Down, Bath

Posted by Tom Jones-Marquez on 7 February 2016

We were delighted to design, manufacture and install a beautiful bespoke kitchen for a young Bath family

Some challenges were presented here; low ceilings, wonky floors and serious damp issues, to name but a few. However, we persevered and reached a final result which everyone was happy with. Our clients had a really keen eye for detail and a relatively clear idea about the finished look they wanted, all of which helped us in delivering the classic kitchen, with all mod-cons, they had in mind.

Our clients chose a light colour scheme which made the space feel light and airy and was testament to how spending plenty of time browsing mood-boards and talking ideas through gets better results. To help you along, Farrow & Ball have a selection of mood-boards on their website and to celebrate the launch of nine new colours they have a programme of events up and down the country which may well inspire you.

The cabinetry on this job was traditionally made with solid hardwood doors and frames, finished in Farrow & Ball’s Clock Face, in matt. The carcasses were made from high-grade birch plywood, which we triple, clear matt lacquered for ultimate durability. We built an island and finished it in the clients chosen contrasting colour of Purbeck Stone – this was a really lovely piece of minimalist, Shaker-style furniture which added character and versatility to the room. We left the base open to provide optional storage, but if not utilised it served to create an extra sense of space. We didn’t fix the piece in place so that it could be removed if ever more space was needed in the kitchen. To give a truly finished look we added custom-finished, brass hinges and ironmongery and made and fitted a bespoke casement window to make things look really fresh.

We were pleased to help advise on the interior design of this space, which became, like many kitchens of our age, the heart of soul of family life.

Bath Bespoke cabinet makers Neil Castley and Sam Drake built and fitted this wonderful kitchen.