A west-facing living room became a sun-filled space in this Scottish farmhouse kitchen makeover.
Juliet Williams, her husband Jeremy, and their three daughters, Isobel, Molly and Willow, live in a five-bedroom Victorian farmhouse in East Neuk, Scotland, which the couple bought from Juliet’s parents. Juliet and Jeremy decided to relocate the farmhouse kitchen, which was a dark room at the back of the property, into the old living room.
THE PROPERTY WAS ORIGINALLY IN A BAD STATE OF REPAIR
As the house hadn’t been touched for 40 years, there was a lot of damp, dry rot and general decay. We took it back to the foundations and bare walls and asked my brother, Nicholas Gilmour, an architectural designer, to help us redesign the layout. We also wanted a sociable kitchen at the heart of the house.
SO MOVING THE KITCHEN WAS PART OF THE NEW PLAN
Definitely. The old farmhouse kitchen was at the back of the house and faced north. Jeremy was keen to be able to entertain outside in the evening and this is the only room that faces west to catch the late sun. We extended the side of the house and laid a sheltered patio reached by double doors from the kitchen.
THAT MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU ENOUGH SPACE
Not quite. The space still wasn’t big enough so we enlarged it further by knocking down the back wall through into a coal bunker, a store cupboard and a back hall. The whole room has a flat roof to accommodate a roof lantern. Due to the number of windows and doors in the room, we still had a limited choice of possible layouts and the curved back wall of the staircase was now inside the room. The renovation took a year, but the new kitchen was fitted in a month.
HOW DID YOU DESIGN THE KITCHEN?
Deciding on a layout in such a large space was a joy! Every house we’d had before had a tiny kitchen. Our brief to the kitchen company was to include a large table and lots of storage. They also included a larder and devised a way to make a feature of the curved wall.
WHAT IT COST
- Units… £17,800
- Worktops… £6,300
- Appliances… £3,947.99
- Sink and tap… £780
- Floor tiles… £1,368
- Wall tiles… £88
- Paint… £105
- Total… £30,388.99