Something Old, Something New
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When Gordon Stanger-Leathes of Callerton Kitchens and Interiors was approached to design a new kitchen scheme for clients who had recently moved into their new home, he was faced with something of a dilemma. The new owners had bought the house from a close friend and were keen to put their own stamp on the kitchen, albeit sensitively.
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The existing kitchen was ten years old and very serviceable with a fabulous four door Aga and big picture window at
one end. At the other end of the kitchen was a large table and two big dressers. Gordon worked closely with his clients to incorporate many of the kitchen’s original features whilst updating the room.

Without the need for such a large table it was decided to open up the kitchen to create space by replacing it with a multifunctional central island with ample storage and which could be used for entertaining too. The original entrance to the kitchen was also moved to one end of the room to create more space and allow for a practical run of units along one wall which could then house the large fridge/freezer in the old door recess.

Gordon’s clients were keen to retain a timeless feel to the kitchen, in keeping with the period details of the house. The new design included a tall, built-in glass-fronted dresser with a classical cornice which Gordon then continued above the built-in fridge and replicated in the mantle over the Aga. The original floor tiles were lifted and limestone put down in their place – practical to cater for the family dog but light enough to add to the sense of space.

Gordon thought the Black Mosaic granite would be easier to maintain than the original black and it makes an exceptionally striking feature and adds a sense of fun to this fabulous family room. He used it on the unusual fantail-shaped island for which he built a prototype and insisted that his clients ‘live with’ before he created the real thing – a good ploy, and one which Gordon has used many times when designing kitchens as so many clients ask for an island but are often unsure as to its impact on a room. The island’s unusual tapered shape cleverly makes full use of the available space within the kitchen and is very much a focal point for the family and visitors alike.

LED lighting was punched into the skirting to add atmospheric low level lighting and a strip of LED lights used underneath the Aga mantle as a clever option to the more usual downlights. The final addition was a window seat below the stunning picture window: a great vantage point from which to admire this stunning kitchen room and the garden too.

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