Case Study: Handmade English Kitchen in Suffolk with a contemporary twist

English Kitchen Suffolk

Last month, we met with our clients to see their beautifully finished English Kitchen in Suffolk, in their new-build home in the pretty village of Earl Soham. Consisting of an open plan living area leading you straight into the kitchen with large bi fold doors at one end flooding the kitchen with natural light and creating a spacious area with views of the Suffolk country side.

Our clients were looking for a large spacious kitchen with a traditional feel but with a modern colour scheme. A natural granite running throughout and a large island which could seat up to four people.

Our Client’s Story

After spending many years in the States and abroad, our clients decided it was time to settle down, back in England where their family was growing. They decided that they wanted to design and build their own dream home and when they found a plot of land in the Suffolk countryside, they knew it was perfect for them.

Our clients found us on the Houzz interior design website and popped in for a cup of tea and design meeting. We took them through kitchen styles, design ideas, colours, appliances and accessories and talked through our client’s requests and what they were wanting out of their new bespoke kitchen.

The English Suffolk Kitchen

After the initial design meeting, Andrew worked with the architect’s plans, exploring what our client wanted and the space available, designing a beautiful bespoke kitchen that fits and works with their space.

We invited our clients along to a meeting where Andrew presented a hand drawn plan and elevations. Showing our client what their new kitchen would look like and how the space would work for them.

The English Suffolk Kitchen style is a traditional inset framed shaker with a simple classic round bead on the frame adding that little extra design detailing. As our kitchens are fully bespoke, the bead is up to you. Whether you require one or want to add something a little more ornate, we have all options to suit your dream kitchen. The units have oak shelves and an exterior plinth – all hand painted in our client’s chosen Little Greene paint colour.

After the natural stone flooring was laid by our tiler, our kitchen installation team moved in to start installing all the units and building the mantle area. They fitted the oak worktops and installed all the appliances and under-wall cabinet lighting. Our stonemasons carefully templated and installed the granite and then towards the end of the project, our furniture painter came in and hand-painted all the units to create that seamless finished look.


Design Details

When starting to design, it was clear the space leant itself perfectly to a large island which is the main prep area of the kitchen. Topped with a stunning two-toned natural granite, this beautiful piece of granite has dark mottled veins running through-out, and if you look closely you can see the natural layers which make up this piece. Set into the island is a Shaws round rinse sink and an insinkerator which is great for all those vegetable peelings.

Joined to the island is a limewashed chunky oak breakfast bar large enough to seat four comfortably for either a glass of wine or a Sunday roast. Beneath, round storage base units making use of every space available within this island.  A moveable chopping board was made to match the breakfast bar which is mainly situated over a double pull-out bin, making it is easy for cuttings to be swept straight away. This can be moved around the kitchen for ease in cooking and serving.

Double sockets were installed to the sides of the island, situated for easy access when plugging in appliances.

On one side, a built under Caple mixed wine cellar great for keeping both red and white wines at their perfect drinking temperature.

Situated at one end of the island are three soft-close wide drawers with two solid oak, dove tail, soft close pan drawers which can hold up 40kg. Great for all your pots and pans and accessible from the cooker. The top solid oak, dove tail drawer includes an oak utensils tray, hand crafted for all your items to fit perfectly within.

Above the island are three chrome and glass pendant lights. These chunky industrial pendants with filament bulbs are right on trend and don’t look out of place in this English Suffolk kitchen. Running the map of the natural limestone kitchen walk-way are LED down-lights which give plenty of light when needed.

Turning around you are now facing the cooking run. Featuring matching three drawer units either side of the cooker for ease of access when cooking. The range cooker is set under a false mantle area with curved columns joining to the granite. Above a hand-painted false mantle with matching cornice framing the chimney breast. We love the look this false mantle gives when designed within a traditional English Suffolk kitchen. It adds a focal point to the room and creates something exciting over the range cooker and hides the extractor fan. Framing the range cooker are two base radius columns creating a smooth fluid run.

Having space either side of the range cooker is great for putting saucepans and other cooking utensils down. This is a great feature to have when picking the style of your mantle area, you can go as simple as you want or as ornate – the choice is yours.

White metro tiles have been designed into the back wall of the mantle area. These are easy to clean and create a unique splashback.

The darker granite worktop and upstands of the outer units match with the veins within the island granite. What we love about it is it isn’t the first thing you see, your eye isn’t drawn straight to it; it blends within the kitchen but when you do notice it, it just works within the space.

From the range cooker, following the run round to the right is a one-and- a- half Shaws ceramic sink with a Perrin & Rowe tap with filtration. Underneath a built-in Neff dishwasher tucked away discreetly. Following on to the right is the Neff American fridge-freezer with a lift up unit above. Following on to the right is a tall radius column curving back round to the wall. With a cornice and exterior plinth wrapping round with it.

Through out this English Suffolk kitchen, our client used a solid pewter Mulberry knob with a circular design wrapping around it. This handle is finished off with a slimline back plate to reduce the marks on the hand-painted units. On the drawers, we used a matching solid pewter cup handle.

Next to the large bifold doors is a large dresser unit with drawers and cupboards below to store those overflow plates and table mats. Above are two glass units with internal lights to display those bottles of wine and glass ornaments. The back is finished with a tongue and groove detailing and a solid oak worktop to match the breakfast bar, tying the two areas together.

We also designed and installed the utility room for this client using the same traditional internal framed furniture with matching beading and external plinth. There were two double units to store washing powders and liquids and at either end a washing machine and a tumble dryer.  This was topped with a matching limewashed solid oak worktop and upstand with a large Shaws single ceramic sink and silksteel Perrin & Rowe tap.

Client Comments:

Mr & Mrs Creaney from Earl Soham said:

“We couldn’t fault Debenvale with all the work they have done for us. From Andrew in the showroom designing our dream kitchen to all the fitters installing it. It is exactly what we wanted.”

To see more photos of this project, along with many other completed projects, please see our gallery.

We offer a free design service at Debenvale, so call into our showroom to get some ideas or book your free design appointment today.

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