Large family home
Ashdown Forest

  • Grey shaker kitchen and utility room design
  • Grey in-frame shaker kitchen
  • Grey & white shaker kitchen & utility
  • choosing a kitchen splashback
  • cutlery drawer shaker kitchen
  • open plan shaker kitchen & diner
  • open plan shaker kitchen & diner
  • bespoke utility room design

About This Project


This project involved a small extension to create a more practical kitchen and utility area. We worked with the customer and contractor throughout to ensure our design maximised the existing space and new extension.

On this project, our customer had a really strong vision of the kitchen style she wanted to achieve. The brief was for an in-frame, painted shaker style with contrasting island.  In addition, we needed to incorporate a multi-purpose utility room, and dog and boot room. The utility needed to house laundry and storage facilities, but also provide a small office area.

Our bespoke kitchen design

During our first visit to this house, the garden was in the process of being landscaped. There was a view of it through a window over the sink, but access was via the existing utility room. To facilitate a better layout in the kitchen and enable better access, we reconfigured the space. We moved the kitchen to the opposite end of the room,  and replaced the window with large bifold doors. This creates a much better flow in the kitchen, unrestricted views of the garden and easier access to it.

With the layout now working better, we worked with the customer to design their dream kitchen. The final kitchen is an elegant in-frame, painted shaker kitchen. The furniture in the utility and boot room feature simple lay-on doors. The dark grey colour on the painted shaker units is Caithness Slate (which is on display in our showroom) and the light grey is Elgin Grey. These two shades work so well together, and are finished off perfectly with Crofts & Assinder handles, Konigstone Quartz worktop and a walnut butchers block.

All in the detail

As part of our reconfiguration of the space, we moved the range cooker to the other side of the kitchen. This created a more practical layout, and enabled us to incorporate a large sideboard. This sideboard makes perfect use of the alcove to store table and glassware.

To ensure the sideboard complemented the kitchen design, this is also an in-frame shaker unit, but with a walnut wood worktop to match the walnut butchers block on the kitchen island.  To really put the finishing touches to the sideboard, we fitted mirrored glass at the back of the cabinets and incorporated lighting. The light and reflections from the glass display the items within beautifully, and also cast a lovely ambient light into the room.

Feeling inspired?

Browse our gallery for some more ideas. Or pop into our showroom to talk to us about your kitchen renovation! Drop us a line at info@kitchensbespoke.co.uk to make an appointment.
Photos by jackbeard.com

Classic Kitchen, Shaker Style Kitchen
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