Listed Farm House Kitchen

A 17th century grade 2 listed farm house

Current Project

Buried deep in rural Devon, Papilio had the honour of designing a kitchen to suit modern requirements but to stay within keeping of a 17th century grade 2 listed farm house. Listed properties of this age tend to have lots of quirky details which require precision detailing to fit kitchen furniture, a challenge that we as designers thrive on.

The client for this project is a very knowledgeable and hands on developer who we are working closely with to achieve the desired results. The brief requires us to incorporate a very old, characterful existing piece of fitted furniture and an Esse Ironheart solid fuel stove. The layout requires functionality and dining for 6 people along with bar seating on the island for less formal seating. The lighting is also a key consideration in this kitchen as the low ceilings and small window openings create a dark space. The Philips Hue lighting system will be installed throughout and discrete lighting is located in the glazed cabinets, under the glazed cabinets and at plinth level to give a dramatic effect.

Although this is a relatively large kitchen space, the shape and natural flow between rooms is restricting from a functional point of view, ensuring that the distance between workstations is minimal and that maximum prep and storage space is achieved. The solution is to re-locate the dining area next to the existing piece of furniture to create a dining zone within the kitchen space and to maximise the size of the kitchen island so that it brings the Esse into the functioning part of the kitchen, which also increases available storage within the kitchen.

A key feature in this kitchen will be the stunning Neolith worktops. Neolith is a relatively new product and not only does it look great, but is also heat proof and scratch resistant.