Kitchen Tour: An Elegant Addition Helps Restore a Crumbling House
Timeless design, contemporary elements and practical solutions ensure this kitchen-diner is both stylish and functional
He brought in Gemma Fabbri of Studio Fabbri to help him realise his vision, restoring the whole house and adding a practical extension to accommodate a stunning new kitchen-diner.
Who lives here? A professional man
Location Walthamstow, north-east London
Property A semi-detached Victorian house
Kitchen-diner dimensions 32 sq m
Designer Gemma Fabbri of Studio Fabbri
Photos by Alexandria Hall Photography
“The place had been left in a state for many years, but underneath all the mess was a really beautiful house with amazing bones,” Gemma says. “This became a bit of a restoration project as well as a renovation. Where possible, we tried to keep its original features, such as the doors, fireplaces and front door – to which we added stained-glass panels – and replaced skirting boards and architrave in the same style.”
The original kitchen was in a 19 sq m outrigger and opened straight into a greenhouse. There was also a morning room and an outside loo in this part of the house.
“This includes a utility room and a small WC, which was positioned where the existing exterior side window is,” Gemma says. Both have pocket doors so the main route through to the kitchen remains clear.
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Gemma chose steel-framed back doors to bring a layer of pattern to the large space and also to tie in with the property’s period architecture.
“This is visually more appealing and functional at the same time, as it allows clear space for the dining table where there isn’t a person hovering at a worktop behind,” she explains.
Bar stools, James UK. Walls painted in Dutch White, Craig & Rose. Cabinets painted in Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball.
Three rooflights brighten the area in front of the island. The rooflight nearest the original part of the house is a wall-abutted design: the glass is butted right up against the original exterior wall of the house to maximise the amount of natural light it casts into the adjacent living area, seen here through the opening on the right.
Brass pendants above peninsula, Spark & Bell. Pendant above dining table, Nordlux. Yonder dining table and chairs, James UK.
“The builder supplied the cabinets and we had the doors made bespoke,” she adds. Hexagonal brass handles were bought from a local hardware company and add a contemporary edge to the classic kitchen.
Cabinet handles, Plank Hardware.
“Above the sink we opted for a shelf instead of wall cabinets, so the kitchen felt more open,” Gemma explains. “The room has plenty of storage already, so it wasn’t necessary to add more for the sake of it.”
Cast wall lamps, Menu. Accessories and pots, Homeplace and The Every Space.
The transformation is certainly striking: the resulting modern space has brought light and function into the kitchen, while retaining the beauty of the period architecture.
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