A stunning open plan country kitchen

This open plan country kitchen is at the heart of a home converted from agricultural buildings in the Norfolk countryside.

By Christina Chrysostomou | 9 April 2021

At the heart of a converted piggery, this open plan country kitchen is arranged around a multipurpose island unit.

1. SUTHERLAND KCS 063 lead

Image: Limehouse units painted in Lily, from Neptune


Architect Brian Sutherland and his wife Jane, both 62, took on the challenge of converting a Grade II listed piggery and cart shed into their Norfolk home. ‘It had been derelict for years and was little more than a roof,’ says Jane. ‘But for Brian, the absence of exterior walls was the building’s greatest appeal, as it offered the opportunity to infill with plenty of glazing and create a light interior with lovely rural views.’ An important part of the plan was to create a spacious open plan country kitchen.

Image caption: Arundel rustic oak dining table, from Neptune  

Image: Arundel rustic oak dining table, from Neptune

The kitchen takes shape

The couple designed a multipurpose ground floor, divided into distinct areas for cooking, eating and relaxing. Exposed brickwork, white washed oak trusses and pale oak flooring reference the building’s heritage and ensure a cohesive look throughout.
Jane’s priorities for the kitchen were to have an island, plenty of storage, and a hob facing the garden. The couple spotted a layout in a showroom that they thought might work, and asked designer Lily Davis from Neptune to fine-tune it.