Here comes my kitchen number 2. A real stunner this one. A word of advice; don’t let the ‘old’ look fool you. There are some very neat & up to date ideas in this kitchen. The look was chosen to suit the setting which is a real medieval chateau
Partial view as you enter the kitchen from outside.
A very rough drawing of the kitchen.
This kitchen is part of a total chateau renovation which took over three years. M & R who did it are an international couple who have lived in quite a few countries. (She is a New Zealander & he is English) Thus, they had a lot of ideas picked up from numerous countries. Additionally, this was by no means their first kitchen.
The overall space is large, roughly 25’ by 20’ plus the pantry. The previous uses of the room varied over the years.
Not extensive in this case as R was THE primary designer. M had his input, but deferred to the chief designer.
Eating area. This is to the Left of the previous picture. M couldn’t resist getting in the act!
Here it was essential that the kitchen be in keeping with the location. This ruled out modern looks and dictated that as much as possible of the ‘modern’ appliances be concealed.
The kitchen had to work. Functionality would not be sacrificed for appearance. Even though there was lots of space available R wanted a kitchen that was comfortable to work in, one that didn’t require lots of moving from place to place while doing a meal. (I’ve cooked in this kitchen & can say that she succeeded)
R&M entertain frequently and do serious cooking so the kitchen is well set up for heavy duty use.
The biggest limitation was light. It proved impossible to add another window as R&M would have liked. Otherwise there were no serious constraints.
The outside of the work area. Book shelves below & double aspect cupboards above.
Everything is of excellent quality. 5 burner gas hob, regular oversized oven, a steam oven, concealed fridge (plus a big fridge in the walk in pantry), Espresso maker, Two dishwasher drawers and water softener/purifier.
Inside the work area showing the sink & worktops.
Cook top. There is counter space on both sides.
The oven side of the work space. Dual ovens, warming drawer, concealed fridge & espresso unit.
View into the walk in larder as yet unfinished
All custom cabinets including dual access (i.e. from both sides) cabinets. Some of the drawer dividers & other interior hardware are from Hafele. The cabinet fronts are old used oak custom built by Bernard who is a local ebonist (cabinet maker).
The concept was to have the effect of antique cabinets which suited the chateau yet still have all of the modern features & convenience inside.
The worktops are solid natural Puylagarde stone from a village nearby. This stone is used in many local houses so is very appropriate.
The flooring is also natural stone from near Cahors. It was chosen for its color & durability.
How much of the Design did you do?
All of it.
How much of the construction did you do?
None of it.
The steam oven with warming drawer below.
The spice drawer!
Special horizontal storage.
Bottle storage using Hafele dividers.
How long was the kitchen supposed to take?
About 6 months.
How long did it actually take?
Roughly one year. It didn’t help that the cabinet maker injured himself & couldn’t work for a couple of months.
Dishwasher drawers. These came from New Zealand. Much neater than a regular dishwasher!
The totally hidden fridge.
Solid stone sink.
An amazing faucet in keeping with the sink.
% cost over/under?
The cabinetry was a bit under. Appliances were on plan.
How did your relationship survive?
No problems in our case as R did all of it.
Waiting for dinner!
As you can see this is a very special kitchen and shows what you can do given the space, imagination, experience and a fairly generous budget.