KENSINGTON | Eco-house
Adrian and Sheree struggled to find the house they had been hoping for so they took on the task of building their own stunning three-bedroom eco-home in the Essex countryside. The kitchen had to be state of the art with a distinctive edge, so the couple choose the Davonport Kensington range – the perfect kitchen design for their space, with the curved island and breakfast bar providing the unique focal point that they had been searching for.
The couples dream project had to tick two major boxes; Adrian and Sheree wanted an eco-friendly home, mixed with a cutting-edge kitchen design creating an out-standing sociable space for family and friends. “I like things to be funky and a little bit different,” says Sheree. “I’d seen a serpentine shaped island bar at a restaurant on holiday; it really inspired us both as a design idea we wanted to try at home for the kitchen. In our old house, I was fed up with being stuck cooking in the kitchen with the door shut, hearing everyone else enjoying themselves next door. The idea of this new island was to create a much more sociable space with room for both cooking and for friends and family to sit at a breakfast bar!”
With the house build well underway Sheree and Adrian focused on the kitchen. “We knew our curved design ideas would challenge many, but luckily for us there was only one company to work with. We had chosen a Davonport kitchen for our previous home, so knew Richard and the exceptional quality of the workmanship that comes with the name,” says Andrew.
“Curves are one of the things we specialise in and which set us apart,” says Richard Davonport, managing director of Davonport. “Because we are a bespoke company with all the furniture made in our workshop, we really can produce almost anything that a client wants.”
Richard’s stunning design for the kitchen was an island snaking across the room, creating a dramatic centre piece. He cleverly integrated a fully functioning cook’s asset, complete with tepan plate, induction hob, boiling water tap, sink and plenty of storage space below. “The island is just incredible – I adore it! I really appreciate the well thought out storage too – I hate clutter so being able to store everything away creates a restful look in what is a very busy room,” enthused Sheree. Additional storage was provided by a run of tall cabinetry in rich walnut with bright metal inlays that contrasted beautifully with the cream painted furniture, adding to the classic contemporary feel of the kitchen. As a final “quirky touch,” Sheree selected chocolate brown, hand-stitched leather-clad handles to add still more individuality and natural materials.
Adrian and Sheree were delighted with the finished result. “Not only do we have an eco-friendly house and kitchen, the kitchen is absolutely stunning, with an incredible space for socialising as well as preparing meals,” says Sheree. “With Richard’s help, we have stayed true to our eco credentials too,” says Adrian. “We opted for the classic good looks of Davonport furniture, knowing it is both durable and constructed using sustainable timber from Forest Stewardship Council sources. Selecting large built-in recycling bins and a macerator disposal unit to feed the bio-degradable waste system means we are definitely ‘doing our bit” says Adrian. From the tiny recessed LED lights in the island unit, to sourcing the right type of timber for an eco-build, the attention to detail was fantastic. “In a world where often nobody really cares too much about customer service, it’s rare to find a company like Davonport,” says Sheree. “Nothing was too much – you just know they’ll keep on going until they’ve achieved the perfect result.”