Kitchen Tour: A Dark Green Painted Kitchen With a Gorgeous Pantry
The stylish walk-in pantry in this kitchen-diner extension does so much more than store the groceries...
Who lives here? A family with (at the time of construction) a toddler and a baby on the way
Location North London
Property A Victorian terraced house
Room dimensions 6.5m x 5m
Architect Kieran Hawkins of Cairn
Kitchen cabinets Blakes London
Photos by Peter Landers
Cairn had previously done the upper floors of this home, but the owners hadn’t had the money to do the ground floor, too, so, rather than rush it, they’d installed a temporary kitchen to last them a couple of years. “When they bought the house, it was like a squat, so they’ve done it all bit by bit,” Kieran says.
The original kitchen was pretty small – just in the outrigger at the back of the house, marked now by the dropped, L shaped section of the ceiling. “It was completely separate from the dining space, which was in the living room,” Kieran says.
They were also keen to have a separate walk-in pantry and you can see in this photo that Kieran sectioned off a space at the end of the run of units. But the room doesn’t just hold groceries…
“The owners didn’t want the back of the kitchen to be too dark, which is often a problem with these extensions, so we used the pantry as a way of bringing light into the kitchen and the living room,” Kieran says. “It’s a top-lit little space and acts almost as a lightwell, because it’s flooded with natural light.”
Find kitchen designers in your area on Houzz and read client reviews.
“The pantry is one of the least occupied rooms in the house, but it’s actually one of the most important in terms of making all the others work; without it, the living room would be really dark,” he says.
This side of the living room is used as a home office and having this internal window also connects anyone working in here to the kitchen and garden beyond. “It allows a glimpse of the trees in the garden, so there’s a bit more for the eye to see,” Kieran says. “Also, even though it’s separated acoustically, anybody working in here can still feel connected to everyone in the kitchen.”
Living room walls painted in Setting Plaster, Farrow & Ball.
On the end of this run is a ladder that fits onto rails in the pantry (see the view from the living room) to access the top cupboards. “There’s high-level storage in the pantry, including a wine rack,” Kieran says. “It’s a tall room, as the floor is on a level with the kitchen, but the roof aligns with the living room ceiling.”
The washing machine and dryer are in a utility cupboard upstairs.
Walls painted in James White; units painted in Studio Green, both Farrow & Ball.
A striking pendant light zones the lounging area.
Pendant light, Lambert & Fils. Doors and windows, Crittall; painted in RAL 7021 Black Grey.
There are built-in speakers in the ceiling and a barbecue outside, set in a brick unit. “The couple didn’t want the barbecue sitting on its own out there – they wanted it built in,” Kieran says.
Wall lights, Wever & Ducré.
“They still wanted a connection to the rest of the house, though, so in the kitchen area there are Victorian-style mosaic tiles, which create a visual connection back to the hallway,” he says.
Mosaic tiles, London Mosaic.
In the end, the floor went down first. “It was difficult, because we had to integrate the tiling into the floor,” he explains, “so the tiles had to go down first, then the micro-cement was poured against the edge of the tiles, then the kitchen went on top. At that stage, the owner was about to give birth, so it was all slightly stressful at the end, trying to finish it off!”
Looking at the beautiful, seamless result, you’d never know.
What’s your favourite element in this kitchen-diner? Share your thoughts in the Comments.