Converted Watermill
Nr Uckfield

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About This Project

The Brief

To design a kitchen in keeping with the traditional feel of this converted Watermill. Retain the existing flooring, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and Aga. Create a kitchen & dining area that feels light and spacious, and one that works for a real foodie! 

Our bespoke kitchen design

What a privilege to work in this beautiful old Watermill! This was a really special project to be involved in and a challenge we loved embarking on. Being an old mill, the kitchen area is actually very dark and the previous kitchen was predominantly dark wood which had made it feel even darker. 

A painted in-frame shaker kitchen complete with solid oak drawer boxes was the ideal style to work with here. We used a pale ‘winter blue’ tone to lift the overall colour scheme, whilst keeping it classic. The final colour was actually colour matched to get the exact tone our customer had fallen in love with, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it. 

In order to reflect more light around the space, we used glass splashbacks behind the Aga and sink. Colour matching the glass panels to the walls means they really blend into the design as well as helping to reflect light. The worktops are a multi-tone granite worktop called ‘Aosta’. This particular granite features almost turquoise and plummy colours that work with both the blue furniture, and the flooring.

The island is a real multi-purpose space. It provides a food prep area, integrated hob & oven, plus seating area. Designed in this way, it is the real hub of the kitchen. Previously, the kitchen had felt like two separate areas, but the run of storage units incorporating the old fridge-freezer really ties the spaces together seamlessly. Ample storage and elegant storage solutions were key to this design. Several units were tailor made on site. We designed a run of units to conceal the alarm system, consumer unit and even a hostess trolley neatly out of sight. 

All in the detail

One of our absolutely favourite areas in this kitchen is our bespoke window seat for the bay window. This little perch looks out over the water and doubles up as extra storage. A great little nook to relax into. 

The final touch in this kitchen is the lighting under the cabinets and bespoke mantle. At night, this creates a particularly lovely ambience against the backdrop of the running water outside. 

Feeling inspired?

We project managed not only the kitchen installation but plumbing, electrics and decorating in this kitchen. Talk to us at about your renovations, and if you need a hand organising all the elements.  Don’t forget to browse more contemporary kitchen designs on our Projects home page too.

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