How to design a kitchen for a period home

Designing a kitchen in a period home is all about balancing the original features with contemporary design.

By Hayley Gilbert | 10 August 2020

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.