“Our property is listed, and therefore carrying out any renovation or alterations to the house demands that we comply with untold regulations and requirements, to maintain its integrity for future generations.. We choose to live in a period property because of the scale, character, build quality and sheer beauty of its original features, so we are as keen as English heritage to preserve these things. We are however, a family living in the twenty-first century with all of its demands and conveniences, which brings me nicely to why we chose Grand Union Designs to fit our beautiful new kitchen for us.
We did the normal rounds of looking at kitchen showrooms and talking through our scheme with their various designers, but it was not until we called in to the Weedon showrooms and spoke with Phil Watts, the designer at Grand Union, that we felt really comfortable and confident that the project would come together” said the owner, Mrs Jack
“The kitchen was to be relocated into another room in the house, which contained original details such as a fireplace, dado rails, ornate plaster cornices and picture rails, none of which could be removed or damaged in any way. Our brief for the new kitchen, was for it to be bright, spacious, attractive, contain modern appliances but above all it had to be practical, and work for a very busy house. The question of quality was non-negotiable. Phil produced a set of hand drawn plans and views, quite refreshing in this age of computer generated drawings, which cleverly dealt with the existing fireplace and chimney. He even exactly copied the original picture rail to form the top detail above our cabinets” she continued.
The new kitchen is dominated by a hugely impressive island, which includes the dishwasher, recycle bins, sinks, storage space and an oak table to seat up to six. The granite surface is a stunning example of nature at its most creative. The original fire surround has been neatly encased, such that it is preserved for future generations, but does not interfere with the new use to which the room has been put. In its place, sitting flush into a black granite surface, sits a state of the art induction hob. This in turn is flanked by a steam oven and microwave. To one side of the old fireplace is now a stainless steel American style fridge freezer and Miele cooking appliances, including two ovens and a warming drawer. On the other side, below a stained glass window, can be found storage cabinets sitting under a solid oak surface.
Looking towards the garden through the outstanding original stone- mullioned window, and encasing a radiator, is a window seat which bring you nicely around to the final wall. Into the arched niche, Grand Union have fitted a coffee machine which dispenses various coffees, including de-caf, to suit any taste , a wine conditioning cabinet and, of course, the television.
The room retains all of its wonderful original plasterwork, woodwork and period features, into which the kitchen dovetails beautifully, to create a simply stunning addition to the property.
“We have been thrilled with the outcome, and found Grand Union tradesmen to be excellent in both their abilities and attention to detail. The kitchen works wonderfully well ergonomically too, all in all our dream kitchen has been realized”.
Grand Union Designs have a showroom and factory to be found at Concept House, Watling Street, Weedon, Northants. NN7 4QG