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Kitchen Tour: A Green Oak Extension Floods Light into a Family Room

A new oak extension with a spectacular curved roof frees up room for a simple, white-painted kitchen with beautiful timber details

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The owners of this light-filled, open-plan kitchen had always wanted a large, multi-functional space that was relaxed and informal. So they decided to extend their home and create a place where all the family could gather and enjoy time out together.

“They settled on a design that used green oak, as it looks attractive over time and fits in well with the traditional property,” says Kieron Bell of Kitchens International. “The result is an airy kitchen and living area that opens directly onto the garden via large sliding doors along the side of the extension.”

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Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here Nigel and Fiona Adams and their three grown-up children
Location Edinburgh
Kitchen dimensions 20 sq m (in a 27 sq m extended room); part of a semi-detached Edwardian house with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
Architect Anthony Rochmankowski
Contractor Natural Timber Concepts
Kitchen designer Kieron Bell of Kitchens International

Photos by Douglas Gibb

With their three children grown up, Nigel and Fiona Adams had plenty of space in their 14 sq m garden to build out. The resulting extension houses a dining area and comfortable living space.

“The couple are keen cooks – in fact, they’re retired restaurateurs,” says designer Kieron Bell. “They had a rough layout of the kitchen they wanted and I helped them to fine-tune it.”

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The layout of the newly extended space was switched around. The original, galley-style kitchen was turned into a separate utility. The old dining room then became the new kitchen, leading directly into a spacious open-plan family room and eating area.

The couple chose a Callerton kitchen, painted in the company’s Old English White. “It’s a simple style with flat doors and a central island,” says Bell, “and blends with the new-build extension.”

Bar stools, Atlantic Shopping.

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The new roof in the extension is made from curved stainless steel. Where it meets the old wall, a row of small windows has been installed to let light flood into the back of the room.

Long lengths of engineered oak flooring tie in with the framework. It’s been laid on top of underfloor heating to cosy up the space during colder months.

Oak flooring, Kährs.

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The bespoke island has a combination of engineered stone worktops and solid oak roundels at either end. “It features a raised, curved breakfast bar and an end tower unit, which screens kitchen clutter from view when you’re in the seating or dining area,” says Bell. It incorporates a boiling-water tap, plus a dishwasher and wine rack.

The opaque glass door beyond opens into the utility room.

Boiling-water tap, Quooker. Worktops, Silestone.

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The curved ceiling adds an extra dynamic to the design. With no ceiling cavity, the exposed lighting cables and stylish spider’s web light fixture become a striking feature of the living zone.

Leather sofa, Sofa Italia.

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Sliding doors lead directly onto the garden patio.

The natural timber is a feature outside as well as in. “The difficulty with green oak is that every piece has to be cut off-site and treated with a waterproof oil to stop it from drying out and contorting,” says the designer. “As soon as the timber is cut, it’s vulnerable to moisture, so the owners needed a contractor who had traditional joinery skills and knew how to handle the wood.”

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The six-burner Smeg range cooker and hood came from the couple’s old kitchen. The worktops are the same engineered stone as on the island.

The Edinburgh press units – the shallow cupboards built into the wall either side of the range – are part of the original fabric of the house.

“I was keen to make them a feature of the kitchen and so used the shallow space as storage by adding glass doors,” he explains. “It helps frame the range cooker without using clunky wall units.”

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To accommodate the owners’ love of cooking, the kitchen is kitted out with an array of appliances, including the range cooker, a built-in combination microwave and an integrated coffee machine.

Appliances, all Miele and Siemens.

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The glass and green oak extension creates a unique, light-filled contrast to the Edwardian property.

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