Having landscaped their back garden Jennifer and Jim decided now was the time to update the kitchen in their South West London home. Originally the kitchen was in the front of the property, but having redesigned the garden they decided to completely change the layout of their home so that the kitchen looked out over the garden. “We decided to move it to the rear, replacing a rather tired conservatory with an extension, so that we could make one large, light-filled room with beautiful views over the garden” said Jennifer. After seeing a Davonport kitchen in The Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine they knew that the Davonport Kensington range was perfect for their plans. As only the third owners of their Victorian home, Jennifer and Jim were keen to modernise the kitchen, whilst simultaneously ensuring that the design was sympathetic to the building’s history. The blend of classic wooden painted furniture and modern mixes of materials provided the perfect balance between classic and contemporary.
Jennifer is originally from Ireland and Jim from America. With family coming to stay and four grown up children of their own, Jennifer and Jim needed the kitchen to be a space big enough to entertain large numbers. “We love entertaining, so we wanted to create a space for a couple of people to be cooking together while someone serves drinks and others are at the dining table” said Jim. The open plan room houses the kitchen and the dining area with doors onto the garden. Immediately beyond the doors is a sheltered outdoor kitchen. The way the room flows enables people to be in the same place easily, whilst doing different things. It means that entertaining for large numbers is now a relaxing experience, with the added bonus of being able to appreciate the garden in all seasons.
To provide enough storage, cabinetry sweeps around two of the walls. This includes a large larder, housing for built-in appliances, a drinks station and a TV area by the dining table. The Wolf rangetop features four dual-stacked sealed gas burners and a griddle/teppan yaki plate. Alongside this are the Wolf oven, Gagganau fridge and freezer, Miele microwave and dishwasher and Quooker Fusion Round tap which generates boiling, hot and cold water from one tap.