25 BEAUTIFUL HOMES, FEBRUARY 2023

6 February 202325 BEAUTIFUL HOMES, FEBRUARY 2023

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Designer Jessica Sroga had to go big to create a cook space that could compete with the large proportions of its barn conversion home.

Eager to find a property on the edge of a sought-after village in Nottinghamshire, surrounded by paddocks for their beloved horses, the new owners set about converting a large agricultural barn into a characterful home, complete with a super-size kitchen.

1. CREATE DIFFERENT ZONES

‘There were two main requirements,’ recalls Jessica. ‘Firstly, they were concerned that such a large room could feel echoingly empty and wanted help to create inviting zones in the 12m x 5m space, and secondly, they wanted a classic country feel to respect the agricultural heritage of the barn, but with a contemporary edge suited to their age and style.’

 

2. ESTABLISH A FOCAL POINT

‘It made sense to use the chimney breast to house the range cooker, framing it with a statement overmantel to accentuate its role as the focal point of the kitchen,’ explains Jessica. Flanked by wall cabinetry to house appliances and provide storage, a central island then bridges the cooking and socialising spaces, leading on to a soft seating and dining area. Finally, a wine wall creates an eye-catching feature at the opposite end of the room, designed to house the couple’s wine collection and create an area for serving drinks close to the dining table.

3. INTRODUCE BOLD TOUCHES

Shaker cabinetry with a single quirk bead frame is classic, but its bold blue-black colour introduces a contemporary note, as do the clean-lined handles on square back plates, the steel appliances and crisp marble-effect quartz worktops. ‘The brass mesh on the wall cupboards makes another point of difference, as well as adding warmth to the room, while the range cooker features both steel and brass finishes to bring the look together,’ explains Jessica. The antiqued bronze mirror splash back, dark oak floor and rich walnut elements, such as the breakfast bar, add more warmth, contrasting with the light walls and worktop.

 

4. BRING IN THE VIEW

‘The look is softened by some curved details, such as the breakfast bar which makes a dedicated social space on the island, looking out through the windows to the horses in the paddock beyond, and the rounded edges to the overmantel, concealing the extractor above the range cooker,’ says Jessica.

5. GO BESPOKE FOR LUXE LOOKS

The wine wall includes walnut bottle racks, cupboards, lattice shelving, angled bottle shelves, onyx back splash, a wine cooler and bar cupboard with integrated lighting and racks for hanging glassware. ‘It was complicated to design and even more complicated to construct on site, especially the top bottle racks which had to fit together like a jigsaw below the sloping ceiling,’ recalls Jessica. ‘It took four men and a lift to complete the task – but my clients say it’s a showstopper that’s worth all the effort.’

See more of our Barnsdale Project here.

 

Design by Jessica Sroga, Senior Designer

Article by Amelia Thorpe 

 

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