Our client enjoyed entertaining guests and the two main design focuses for the kitchen were entertainment and views. The new roof included a series of eight integra velux roof windows, which allowed the client to control the temperature of the space either remotely or with pre-set temperature controls. The location for one velux window was chosen based on the line of sight from the head of the dining table, which created a framed view of the Shard whilst dining. Another window was placed in the wall beside the fridge and was designed based on the size of a wine bottle, allowing the free flow of party spirit out on to the terrace during gatherings.
We specified simple glass balustrading to the stairs down from the kitchen/dining area to allow natural light to flood down from the bright dining area into the living space. There was such beautiful detail in the building’s exposed structure and the constant changing of ceiling heights and pitches that glass was chosen to expose the beauty and ensure no new lines of material interrupted the view of the space.
New solid oak flooring, skirting, architraves, doors and staircases were installed. The stain was selected to pick out the tones from the original structural beams. This took a few attempts to get right. A process which involved rubbing the stain on and then wiping it back off again before it was fully absorbed eventually gave us the perfect result.
The decoration and soft furnishings were chosen to highlight the character of the building and allow the eye to focus on the structure’s details. For example, rather than using a bright paint scheme for the new plastered walls a neutral colour was used throughout which allowed the historic brickwork and interesting window shapes to stand out instead. We used simple designs and tones for the window dressings, and the light fixtures were either understated downlighters or very simple concrete fittings which linked back to the industrial history of the building.