Create a kitchen scheme that’s in perfect harmony with its unique setting.

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Modern living demands a kitchen that works on a practical level and is beautiful to look at. So how does this work in terms of introducing new cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances and innovative worksurfaces into a space that’s bursting with heritage and history?

Restore or replace?

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Replacing original architectural details in your room with modern equivalents is an option, but it is preferable to preserve or enhance them, as this will add value to your property.

However, this is likely to cost more. So with any period home renovation or alteration it makes good sense to add a contingency of at least 20 per cent of your budget, to cover any unforeseen issues.

Know your limitations

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Making significant design changes may be limited by whether your property is a listed building or in a conservation area, as this status will involve restrictions on the alterations you can make. When necessary, always obtain listed building consent before undertaking any work.

Classic or contemporary?

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There are two main concerns when selecting a style of kitchen for a period property. A like-for-like design will include traditional features, such as handmade, painted or natural wood cabinets with in-frame doors and a range cooker.

A contemporary approach can also work thanks to its eye-catching contrast. The idea is to make a distinct break and incorporate clutter-free clean lines, quartz worksurfaces, handleless units and integrated appliances.

Whichever style you opt for, bespoke furniture has an advantage over off-the-shelf versions, in that it will be precision-made to fit architectural features, such as sloping ceilings and wonky walls. Freestanding cabinets can also be a good solution, as you can change the layout with ease and even take them with you if you move. Island units, work tables, benches, trolleys and larder cupboards are all compatible with a classic setting. 

 

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