Whether you live in an Edwardian farmhouse, a Victorian terrace or a new-build, choosing your new kitchen is simply no longer about it having to match to the era of your property.
Most period properties have survived because they have evolved with the times and have adapted to the needs of the past and current owners. Imagine owning a Victorian property that had not been altered since it was built? There certainly wouldn’t be the benefits of an inside toilet, hot running water and electricity!
In fact, some of the best kitchen design occurs where a contemporary kitchen is installed in a period property and vice versa. It’s important that you have a kitchen design that you love and enjoy, and equally that it fulfils all your requirements, both now and for the future.
This rather old fashioned school of thought, where a period property should have a period style kitchen is no more. Once again, depending on how old your period property actually is, it’s doubtful that your home would have ever had a kitchen installed in the way that we envisage a kitchen today!
Aside from any building alterations, such as removing walls to make a bigger kitchen space (in these instances, it’s always best to consult planning, especially where a property is listed) there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t have the style and layout of furniture that you desire.
Traditional, contemporary or even ultra modern are all possible kitchen styles for your period property. Being sensitive to your property is far more important and will result in a much better and cohesive kitchen, especially when working with period features. The success of the end result is very much down to the designer, so rather than being disappointed with your finished kitchen, employ the services of the Steve Hills Design team, to ensure you are totally happy with your finished kitchen and avoid any unnecessary mistakes and spend.
No every kitchen in a period property is straightforward. In fact, there will be situations where building works and removing walls or extending simply isn’t an option. This can leave you with a difficult floor plan for your dream kitchen, often with characteristics such as sloping walls, low or uneven ceiling heights and historic architectural features to work around. When this is the case, Steve Hills Design comes into its own, specialising in tailor made cabinet sizes and shapes to truly maximise your available space.
Modern, slab doors can be created to fit the cabinetry, or if you prefer a more traditional approach, why not consider a Shaker or ‘raised and fielded’ door design.
Whatever style you choose, you can be certain that your new kitchen will be the kitchen of your dreams.