Posted by Alessa at Sunday, September 17th 2017, 00:01:57 AM
A freestanding kitchen had long been the dream for the homeowner of this 1950s detached villa in Belfast. 'As the boys were achieving older I was keen to own a large family space where we can all spend standard time together.' With their existing home missing the space for their family, the homeowners started searching a new, larger house to be their constantly home – one with the potential to expand. They spotted a spot that had all they were searching – incorporating a large south‐facing garden with room to expand.
The kitchen had, in actuality, already been expanded, however it was still not big enough. So five weeks after the homeowners moved in they began work, moving the rear wall back three metres and removing an internal wall. 'When the foundations went in, I was worried it wasn't big enough, but as shortly as the walls went up I realised it was much bigger than thought!'
All ran smoothly until the maker discovered a load‐supporting post that will be problematic to remove. The homeowners adapted their plans and, slightly than remove the post appended another so that they can make a false chimney breast. The multi‐fuel stove is now a feature – 'It’s become one of my favourite aspects as it offers the room a focal point,' says the homeowner.
Once the extension was complete, the homeowner can start on the decor. 'I adore freestanding plans as they sense like they have been constructed up over years. Also, I've always been an enthusiast of French country style, which advances itself to a kitchen like this,' says the homeowner. Here, different units of the open‐plan room have been combined by utilizing similar tones and a large dining table provides a casual room for family meals.
While this vast open‐plan room may not fit the traditional model of the kitchen work triangle, the lavish proportions and cool tone palette helps to create it a more relaxed area. It almost inspires mindfulness! 'I love being proficient to see into the garden while I'm cleaning up,' says the homeowner.
Painting furniture is a private passion of the homeowner’s. 'I could not wait to revamp the dressers and ledges.' Putty shades were utilized throughout the room and carefully selected accessories grabbed the air together. Rustic and retro pieces are on display on these storage ledges, grabbing a little tone and a private touch to the room.
'Shelving is a great way to arrange crockery that will otherwise be unseen in cabinets,' says the homeowner. It’s also a simple way to make a feature in a large space.
Painting the walls a similar shade to the freestanding units built an even larger sense of room. The peaty colors of the sofa assist to base that lightness and also mark out a natural area to recline and relax in.
'I've been painting furniture for 20 years now and I'm still amazed at how much you could convert a tatty old part into something special,' comments the homeowner. This way also means that mismatched pieces, selected for their shape, size or style, can be grabbed in line with one another simply by matching the paint|n shade. Here, distressed pieces make a relaxed feel – 'I appended glass handles for a chic touch.'
From built‐inside contemporary kitchen to French‐style freestanding living area, this kitchen has experienced a great renovation. The family could not be happier: 'We're thrilled with the results. While it’s a large open‐plan area, because it’s split into zones, each one feels cosy. It’s improved our family life and has transcended our hopes.'
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