The Sandstone Cottage
The property is a quintessential Sussex cottage of great character, dating back to the 1800s. A new kitchen space would be created by bringing together the existing kitchen and study, which would then extending out towards the rear of the property, creating better engagement with the garden, lake and amazing views of the South Downs and Amberly Castle beyond. The newly proposed space was to feature the kitchen, dining and sitting areas, as well as good access to the garden. We were tasked with creating a beautiful kitchen that would always be on view from these more social spaces.
A loose “unfitted” arrangement was suggested, focussing on individual pieces for food prep, storage and presentation, with a new Aga bringing a familiar and welcome warmth.
We wanted to maintain a sense of symmetry through the island front, as an organised view from the adjacent seating area. As such, the front elevation is consistent despite the left side concealing an open bookcase for cookery books.
Because the original study had been incorporated into the kitchen space, we had to provide an office space within our cabinetry, with a desire to be able to shut everything away when not in use. We achieved this by matching the pantry cupboard in scale and external detailing with a work station within the tall cupboard on the right of the dresser.
This had a pull-out top which could be pulled out to provide a desk space for working. Practical elements such as the printer and monitor were considered, along with file storage was provided in the deep drawers in the centre of the dresser section. There is also a concealed bar area within the upper section of the dresser by providing a solid bottom panel to the glazed doors.