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  Orchard Barn, London Road (A224 - opposite Polhill Garden Centre), Badgers Mount, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7AD

An Art Deco kitchen transformation in Oxted

Claire and Michael had really loved their kitchen, but this was now showing.

It was looking very tired and certainly showing the signs of being loved and well-used by a growing family over the years.

They were looking for a refreshed, clean design that would be easy to maintain, and stand the test of time – both in terms of quality and style.

1920s inspiration

We worked with Claire and Michael’s existing space to deliver on their requirements. Part of a former extension, their kitchen was already spacious with light brought in by an attractive pitched skylight.

Their brief was a bright, contemporary space that would be functional and practical. A key part of their requests was to combine cooking and dining.

From a design perspective, we were asked to incorporate the Art Deco styling that is reflected in their home more widely. This is always the sort of challenge we relish!

Maximising light and space

The kitchen was not only tired, it was a little dark – we needed to bring it up to date and into the light.

Whilst the space itself lent itself to many possibilities and huge improvements, we needed to make the most of the natural light source in the ceiling.

We worked with A J Rogers and Sons of Bromley who undertook the floor preparation and replacement tiles which immediately created a feeling of light and space. Large Amtico Signature range floor tiles in Mica Mix Eggshell were chosen for their clean lines, subtle silver glint and durability.

We removed the former kitchen and utility units, updated the electrics and plumbing, and prepared the room to receive its beautiful, bespoke kitchen.

Our design for Claire and Michael’s new kitchen.

Details that make all the difference

Claire and Michael chose in-frame Shaker style cabinetry. This means that the doors are flush within a solid frame, so that the entire cabinet frame shows when the doors are closed. This traditional craftmanship is often associated with Shaker cabinets and works particularly well in character homes.

Little Green Paint Company ‘Stock 37’ paint was chosen for the cabinets, a light, warm colour to enhance natural light.

The cabinetry carcasses were constructed in high quality Egger ‘crème beige’ MFC (melamine faced chipboard), with oak shelves and solid oak drawers.

To finish the cabinetry, we installed Armac Martin antiqued, lacquered brass handles. A simple but elegant cornice and plinth were constructed, with curved corner posts to the floor.

Claire and Michael chose Crema quartz worktops, which work beautifully with the cabinetry and augment the feeling of warmth and light.

Clever lighting

Lighting was chosen that was contemporary, but also in keeping with the Art Deco design present in the home.

The lighting in the dining area surrounds the skylight, so that it can take over when natural light isn’t available. Whereas larger globes that match the dining area lighting ensure that the cooking zone is flooded with light when needed.

From well concealed to wow factor

Claire and Michael’s kitchen is the perfect combination of hidden gems and eye-catching features.

On the one hand they chose a reduced depth larder cupboard, which is concealed behind a door.

Whereas behind their Bora Pure hob, a ‘brilliant cut’ mirror splashback reflects the room and creates a wonderful, spacious aspect.

Reeded glass wall units with a centre mullion match the stunning ‘sit-on’ display units above storage cabinets.

While the rubbish and recycling bins are out of site in a drawer.

State of the art

Two Neff slide and hide ovens were chosen, along with built-in Siemens fridge and freezer.

Claire and Michael were delighted with their Quooker Fusion Classic style tap giving them instant boiling water. They also chose the connection to a CUBE tank, which gives them the option of cool filtered and sparkling water.

In the utility room we designed the layout around their existing appliances, ensuring that it is as stylish and pleasurable to use as the kitchen.

Tour the kitchen

“Outstanding service and workmanship”

I have just had a whole new kitchen fitted by Great British Kitchens & Interiors and from start to finish the service provided and quality of workmanship have been outstanding. I worked with Jack on the design and he showed knowledge, professionalism and patience, especially when I kept changing things! They have a huge range of designs, worktops, handles etc to choose from and offer painting in almost any colour.
When it came to fitting Jeremy and Bill were fantastic and obviously took great pride in their work – true craftsmen.
Overall the whole experience has been totally stress-free and my kitchen is everything I’d hoped for. A company like this, with staff that really care that the customer is completely happy is a gem. The service and quality of workmanship are almost of a bygone age. Well done and thank you GBK&I.

Claire and Michael

We design and install stunning bespoke kitchens throughout Surrey, Kent and south London.

If you would like to talk to us about how we could transform your kitchen, call us on 01959 53 22 33 to book a design appointment. By booking ahead, you can be confident you’ll have the time to talk everything through with us fully.

Alternatively, visit our spectacular showroom to get inspired.

Chief kitchen designer (and chef in a previous life), who loves creating perfect spaces for people to make memories in.