A family farmhouse kitchen steeped in character
When a property dates back 400 years, renovating it is bound to present some challenges. But with the help and expertise at Drew Forsyth, the owners of a Yorkshire farmhouse can now enjoy a kitchen, complete with bespoke furniture, that is fit for modern-day living while staying true to its roots.
With views across the valley and moors beyond, the property is in an enviable location, something the owners really wanted to make the most of, while putting their own stamp of personality on the interior. When the couple moved in the house had been unoccupied for ten years, leaving much work to be done, including a complete kitchen redesign.
The couple had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve in mind; a room that was suitable for all the family to gather, with traditional furniture that would suit the Tudor house. Local company Drew Forsyth were happy to oblige, making bespoke furniture that perfectly fit the room’s uneven walls, while maximising on storage and work surface space.
There’s no ignoring the colour scheme in the finished room and that’s intentional, with the owners keen to include striking and bold colours – Preference Red and Paean Black from Farrow & Ball – that are also rich and harmonious, welcoming to friends and family in equal measure. Once the granite worktops had been chosen as a starting point, the owner then echoed the material’s flecks of purple and burgundy in the furniture colours.
A focal point of the newly designed space is the stone mullioned window, which lets in lots of natural light, with a bespoke seating area with a breakfast table perfectly positioned to enable whoever sits there to enjoy the views of the valley. The lid of the booth seating, designed in a circular fashion to match the oak table, can be lifted to reveal hidden storage, which is perfect for keeping this family space free of clutter.
A range cooker is built into the chimney breast, with an antique mirrored splashback to reflect light, an integrated fridge freezer on one side and a breakfast cupboard on the other. A double larder cupboard is a baker’s dream, while a cook’s table is the perfect addition to the room, with a granite top for food preparation and drawers, chopping board and tray ensuring everything is to hand. An overhang at one end provides space to pull up a bar stool, making this a multi-functional kitchen that sits at the heart of the family home.