The Tack Room
To create cabinetry as individual pieces and elevations, as was traditionally the case, rather than a more “fitted” look in many current designs. The space, an old tack room barn, was a completely blank canvas, with bare concrete floors and unfinished walls. We wanted to inject a heritage feel, using the materials and finishes that we love, whilst showing an understanding of scale and proportion, all in a practical kitchen context.
We have created an impactful arrangement that has real presence, whilst still being humble. There is symmetry and balance in the cabinetry forms and finishes, and great focus in the performance of the cabinetry.
The sink “run” contains the sink, dishwasher and bin, forming a wet area to be used at the beginning and ending of prep. The tall elevation supports the chef during prep with a pair of fridges and generous pantry, whilst assisting for serving with crockery and glassware in the glazed cupboard.
The island at over 3m provides generous prep space, which brings great pleasure as a relaxed working space with good engagement to guests, casual diners or children doing homework, whilst being orientated with the view. The Aga elevation supports the chef with good lighting, further crockery in the glazed cupboards, utensils in the thoughtfully divided drawers, knife storage, pan space in the large drawers, and Aga tray storage within the heavily shelved store cupboard.
Of the four components that make up this space, each has a focal point on which to rest the eye; the impressing Aga that is framed by the mantle, the beautiful sink and tap surrounded by indulgent store, the glazed carboards with subtle lighting and contracting interior, and the generous scale and luxurious finish to the solid oak Baker’s table- this is the sort of kitchen that will bring a smile every time the room is entered, and great joy with every use!