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Gaddesden

LITTLE GADDESDEN

A traditional handmade country kitchen

For this project in a detached country house we undertook structural work to remove a wall in order to combine two rooms. In the newly expanded space, we designed and created a handmade traditional kitchen with a central island in English Oak.

The island faces the AGA, which was installed with an overmantel built into the fabric of the building with wooden painted corbels to support the chimney breast. All surrounding cabinetry features Georgian framed inset doors handpainted in an antique finish featuring pewter butt hinges, with tongue and groove end panels. Internal storage includes a breakfast station next to a Miele coffee machine, pull-out cabinets for crockery and a pantry for dry goods. Further storage includes deep dovetail drawers and base cabinets together with a corner shelf for decorative items. All knobs are made from hand-beaten pewter.

The island features ornate turned pilasters on each corner with two drawerline base cabinets and deep drawer wicker baskets. At the centre is a wine cabinet by Miele and the worksurface is Nero Assoluto granite to match the black AGA. This is used throughout the kitchen and as upstands beneath the windows. All additional cooking appliances are by Miele and the American fridge freezer is by Amana, with integrated panelled doors. Together with an undermount sink for food preparation on the island, there is a larger Belfast sink by Villeroy & Boch with an Atriflo Corinthian filter tap.

We also made the circular oak dining table with four columns tenoned into a cross-mounted foot pedestal and top to match the pilasters on the island. The four chairs have turned front legs to complement the table columns.

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