“Lighting was also very important in the new combined space,” says Alison, “as the open-plan room has to be lit for many different requirements, such as everyday cooking, homework, entertaining, and so on. The Xenon uplighters give a really nice light above the wall units.” Andy also used recessed swiveling low-voltage halogen ceiling spots with a black baffle to reduce glare, flush halogen under-cabinet lights, starlights in the rooflight and John Cullen spots above the dining table. The various areas are on different circuits controlled by a Hamilton digital system.
“The kitchen looks great and works well throughout the day and evening; it has really changed how we use the house,” says Alison. “The open-plan kitchen diner is very flexible – for example we can seat 18 for dinner, or move the table back to have an expansive area for table tennis or suchlike, and we have plenty of space in which to cook and serve food. The wine cellar hidden below a trapdoor in here is a fantastic feature and makes it really easy to access, store and age wine, but my favourite parts are the dovetailed oak cutlery drawer and boiling water tap. We love the well-crafted wooden finish inside the units, and it is just brilliant not to have to wait for a cup of tea!” .
Kitchen & lighting design by Andy Stone of Andy Stone Interior Design. Kitchens from £20,000 01273 673 779 | www.andystone.co.uk
Britannia OV-900LMP-SS 90cm stainless steel oven 01253 471 111 | www.britannialiving.co.uk
Siemens HB76560B pyrolytic multi-function oven, ER19950 extra-wide six-burner gas hob with wok burners, HW290560B 12-placesetting warming drawer, HB86K5700B compact combination microwave oven & SE64M359GB fully integrated dishwasher 0844 892 9044 | www.siemens-home.co.uk
Liebherr ICBN3056 integrated no-frost fridge freezer 0844 412 2655 | www.liebherr.co.uk
Falmec KRI-900-ISSG Kristal stainless steel and glass extractor hood 01787 224 921 | www.falmec.co.uk
Franke Kubus KBX 110 55 550×400mm & KBX 110 20 200×400mm stainless steel undermount sinks 0161 436 6280 | www.franke.co.uk
Abode AT2004 Atlas Aquifier filter tap in brushed nickel & AT1093 Atlas single lever mixer tap in brushed nickel 01226 283 434 | www.abodedesigns.co.uk
Quooker PRO3-VAQ stainless steel true boiling filtered water tap 020 7923 3355 | www.quooker.com
Consort PHP3S 3kW stainless steel plinth heater 01646 692 172 | www.consortepl.com
Dwell Retro Circles barstools & clock 0845 675 9090 | www.dwell.co.uk
Spiral Cellars wine cellar 0845 241 2768 | www.spiralcellars.co.uk
Hamilton Litestat Digital Mercury system 01747 860 088 | www.hamilton-litestat.com
Berry Design dining table, chairs & sideboard 01635 255 352 | www.berrydesign.co.uk