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Cymru Kitchens in the Press

Nature's way

03-Nov-2012

Having spent some months researching what they wanted, Alanna and James looked to William Fox at Cymru Kitchens for guidance on the cabinetry, not only because they had worked with him before, but also because they believe the quality and workmanship from Cymru kitchens is second to none.

Alana and James Harris sat down to plan a kitchen extension for their Georgian home, the design restrictions they encountered proved challenging. 'It wasn't simply a matter of working out how to get a double oven, large hob and twin sinks into the new space, but rather how to make sure it blended in with the house,'explains Alanna.

Working with local architect Robert Rogers, Richmond Oak Conservatories and a conversion expert, the couple set about creating a new extension in the form of an orangery, which was a popular structure in Georgian times. 'Ours is a lot more functional than the original ones were,' laughs Alanna.

Having spent some months researching what they wanted, Alanna and James looked to William Fox at Cymru Kitchens for guidance on the cabinetry, not only because they had worked with  him before, but also because they believe the quality and workmanship from Cymru Kitchens is second to none.

'William cooks himself, so he understands how a kitchen needs to function,' says Alanna. 'As our main wish was that the space didn't look like a typical kitchen yet had all the functionality,  William understood what we needed to achieve. I cook every thing from scratch, which means I'm quite demanding when it comes to my kitchen.'

Taking the couple to see examples of his work, William pointed out features that might fit in their house, including a tree trunk island support and Oak table top. 'A mulberry tree has fallen in our grounds, which was ideal for the breakfast bar,' says Alanna. As a 'bringing the outside in' theme began to emerge, the couple decided to extend it to burr oak veneer cabinetry and something else just as special.

Using their idyllic surroundings as inspiration, Alanna and James commissioned stained glass expert Steve Robinson to create a pair of splashbacks to reflect the windswept Welsh countryside. 'Making the splashbacks was the most amazing experience.' explains Alanna. 'The process of taking a scene that meant something to us and seeing it transferred to colourful stained glass was so special. Plus, I'm also socket-obsessed, so it was great that we could "lose" them in the glass - the first time I used the kitchen it took five attempts to find a socket!'

To ensure the couple's kitchen worked perfectly, designer William even produced a mock-up of the scheme, laying out cupboards in the workshop to enable Alanna and James to identify any changes.

'Now it's complete, you can't get bored in this room,' says Alanna. 'There is so much to look at, before, you were either sitting at the table or cooking. Now it's a sociable area of the house and it affords us a wonderful healthy lifestyle,' she smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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