Classic Shaker Kitchen 83 – Maidenhead

In the market town in the Royal Borough of Windsor, we find Maidenhead, where our latest project is located. This Grade II listed property has been lovingly restored and renovated, making room for a bespoke kitchen by Handmade Kitchen Co to take centre stage.

Due to it being a listed property, we had to work with the available space and create a layout that worked well given the floor space. We worked the kitchen cabinets around the exposed wooden beams too – which shows our craftsmanship.

We needed to design and build a kitchen that was fit for all the family to enjoy, matching the modern family needs and a space that stayed true to the traditional character and heritage of the property.

It became the centralised hub where friends and family could come together for years to come.

The kitchen layout is simple and works with the space perfectly showing the practicalities of a U-shape, the symmetry and the flow of the design. These are all vital aspects that need to be considered when creating a multi-functional space.

From the get-go, our client wanted to incorporate a stunning green into their hub of the home but wanted to contrast it with a lighter hue as well to create a two-tone combination and a hushed and calming retreat. The paint colours chosen are Cornforth White and Green Smoke, both by Farrow & Ball.

We hand-painted the kitchen island and free-standing floor-to-ceiling unit in Green Smoke – a smoky green blue, and a popular colour in interiors during the late 19th Century. It has an irresistibly inviting deepness and creates a calm and serene space.

The rest of the bespoke cabinetry is hand-painted in Cornforth White – an understated grey which is extremely versatile.

Both paint colours blend effortlessly with the warm wood accents and natural materials used throughout the space.

Cleverly portioned out, the kitchen layout also centres around a large island bringing ample storage, flexible dining options and a huge worktop prep area – something the client had seen in our much-loved Bridger’s Barn showroom.

The island also features a Caple under-counter wine fridge, that’s integrated and allows our shaker door to flow around it seamlessly. We have kept the beading on the cabinetry consistent, as well as the style and colour and we absolutely love it.

A bit of a different style too to the rest of the design, where our client wanted the island to look chunky, so we recommended a skirting-style plinth. The rest of the perimeter is finished with a recessed plinth.

An AGA sits at the bottom of the “U” in a cream colour with a ceramic hob and stainless steel trim.

Once you have an AGA you never go back. The culinary experience is second to none and no wonder why they appear on kitchen wishlists.

The AGA is a cooker steeped in heritage and brings with it a unique style and warmth that together means it occupies a special place in the hearts of owners.

This section made the perfect spot for a Shaws Ribchester double bowl, a Perrin & Rowe aged brass tap and a Quooker. It also allowed us to seamlessly run the worktop up to the windowsill, which is a lovely little detail.

The worktops are fabricated and installed by our friends over at SharpStone and are the Calacatta Cliff quartz – a timeless design that is simple, yet beautiful and works within this traditional home.

All parts of the main cabinetry combine a wealth of storage solutions, including this incredible breakfast pantry and glass storage system and on the other side a day pantry with an open-shelving unit tucked into the corner. All doors are bi-fold.

This kitchen has it all!

To complete every door and drawer, Perrin & Rowe large round knobs and shell cup handles were chosen, in Aged Brass.

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