For many, as the needs of a growing family or lifestyle change, rather than packing up and moving house, the option of extending or renovating the kitchen or living room is always toyed with before a decision is made. In terms of property value, fixing up a dated or worn kitchen is one of the best things you can do to the internal structure and layout. This is not only because it's one of the most viewed spaces in the house, but also because it is quite literally, the heart of every functioning home. Think about how many times you've viewed a rental or property for sale and thought, it's nice but the kitchen is too small, too dark or too old?
The challenge for many homeowners, especially in historical British districts, is how to incorporate a modern kitchen, complete with all the latest finishes and modcons into a period or listed home. A rustic or country style kitchen may not be on your radar, nor is it a smart move in terms of added value. If you do have plans to sell in the future, think about what appeals to a larger range of potential buyers, instead of catering to your interests alone. A modern style in an old home can be completed to great effect, as you will soon see. Today, we show you a selection of the finest kitchens and renovations on the homify platform. Take a look…
The first two examples in this series are bold, modern kitchens that have been installed into period homes. They are perfect examples of what was mentioned in the introduction, and have been executed with outstanding results. This first example from Elan Kitchens can be found inside a home in Chelsea and encompasses elements of intricate classic architecture with strict geometry and a minimalist white-on-white colour scheme. Instead of trying to recreate what was or what would have been there in the past, the designers have instead created an obvious distinction between the historic and new elements. The ornate cornice work and frosted windows are a total contrast to the glossy white countertops, yet they work together in perfect harmony.
From this angle, we are privy to a view of the bay window and dining area. Here we can see the wing of the bench, which cleverly juts out to separate the two spaces. So as not to disturb the line of sight, the rangehood has been installed to the left, ensuring that the only vertical feature in this expanse is the tap. We love how the finishing touches of greenery have been applied, bringing a touch of nature inside and helping to break up the muted colour scheme. Attention must, however, be paid to the varnished herringbone parquetry floors, which in themselves, are a marvellous feature.
From looking at this image, you would think this kitchen is placed inside a modern home. But don't forget, appearances can be deceiving! Located in Buckhurst Hill, an affluent suburb in Essex, this kitchen has been masterfully created by Urban Myth for a large family that loves to entertain and cook. As you can see, it's loaded with all the best features, and is open plan and light-filled. The design of the quartz island is also conducive to conversation, centred in the middle of the room, it means those that are cooking can converse with their guests or family members and not feel isolated with their back toward all the fun!
From this angle, the openness and spaciousness of the kitchen and attached dining area is apparent. In reality, it's not a space that one would typically deem as large, but the colour scheme, which is a mix of pure white and grey, plays a huge role in making this space look larger than it actually is. The recessed downlights and skylight further illuminate the space, leaving no corner or nook dark or undiscovered. To top it off, the uber cool and modern light fitting in conjunction with the Eames chairs bring this kitchen space well and truly into the 21st century and beyond!
This bold extension is full of endless sight lines and wonderful, geometric shapes and forms. The expanse into the garden seems to never end, with the direction of the kitchen island and roof structures between the glass leading our eyes outward. This space provides a stunning juxtaposition between inside and outside spaces, meaning that the garden can be enjoyed throughout the year. Light-filled even through the cold winter months, the changing colour of the sky will reflect wonderfully onto the muted colour palette giving the space a different appearance depending on the season. Simply Italian have masterfully constructed this kitchen extension, and we have absolutely no doubt that it'll be where the occupants will spend the majority of their time.
From this angle, you can see the cantilevered breakfast bar complemented wonderfully by two vastly modern stools. The stark white, grey benchtop, dark timber and shiny steel surfaces work wonderfully together, and despite their obvious material differences, look uniform and balanced. You can really imagine by just looking at this image what a pleasure this light-filled and open space would be like to be inside.
The construction of this kitchen involved combining several areas, as well as opening it onto to the outdoor space. The occupants view this space as their
hub, or central point, so the fluid and uninterrupted design is conducive to conversation and freedom of movement. Ideal for families, it is possible to cook and mind the children at the same time—perhaps even help them with their homework as they work on the cantilevered section of the island. The new glass roof allows the kitchen to be flooded with natural light, and given that it is a little on the small size, feels open and spacious thanks to the clever selection of a white-on-white colour palette.
Greengage Interiors Limited have designed this bespoke kitchen area that would be the pride and glory of all professional and avid at-home chefs. With an expanse of bench space to work at, and all the latest and greatest appliances and fixtures, the occupants will surely cook up a storm given the chance.
If you are in the market for renovating or extending your home, we suggest taking a look at the following ideabooks: