We are about half way through the build and in the past weeks attention has turned towards the inside of the house. There is not much visible change yet, but with insulation and internal walls finished, we are ramping up for details to start falling into place during the first weeks of the new year.
The biggest of these is obviously the kitchen, which is being installed early in the new year. We wanted an open plan feel to our house and played with many floorplans before we came up with a combination of living area and kitchen that we liked.
Our overriding concern was to have our main living areas connected to the garden, with an open feel, while avoiding a direct line of sight between areas for relaxing and the kitchen worktop. In practice this resulted in the kitchen in the north / north east corner of the house. To avoid cooking while staring into the darkest corner of the house, however, we decided to focus kitchen activity around a section of wall, central to the house and allow light to flow either side of this wall from lighter areas of the house.
Our kitchen borrows quite heavily from one of Swedish kitchen maker Ballingslöv’s inspiration kitchens, pictured below alongside our own design which has changes to materials and colours to suit our personal taste. (Though note that the clock, shelves and… sailboat… were our kitchen designer’s personal touches rather than what will go in our actual kitchen!)
White goods pictured white will actually be black and stainless steel. The door is to provide direct access to what may be (in future) a kitchen garden.