- Completed:November 2013
KSW Developments were delighted with the finish on this kitchen and house refurbishment in Shipston Upon Stour! The clients felt that their home was looking a bit tired and dated - enter the KSW Team! The first job was to fully strip out the old kitchen including the 90's style blue tiling! We wanted to make better use of the space and so conceptualised a new lay out for the kitchen units and surfaces to make the room more fit for purpose. We wanted to keep the sink under the window because chores like washing-up are made infinitely better with a good view! A black sink and drainer was selected with chrome mixer taps to make a statement and to compliment other appliances. We removed the tall unit that existing which would allow us to continue the work surface along the wall unhindered and remove the outcropping which, as it had no leg space, was wasted space as it could not function as a breakfast bar. Instead we moved the breakfast bar further down which would allow for more floor space and more natural light. The design of the new kitchen was to have a country feel and so cream cupboards were chosen with modern handle accents. The fridge/freezer was housed within its own cabinet to remain in keeping with the style of the kitchen as a whole. A new oven and hob with modern chrome extractor hood was installed and looks really smart especially as it matches the cabinet handles beautifully. The worktops really brought this kitchen together with their rich multi-tonal wood and sleek lines!
We took down the adjoining wall to the kitchen into the lounge to create an open plan dining experience and to also added french doors to make extra use of the space and to provide more of a connection to the outdoor space, with the added benefit that these doors now flood the whole downstairs with natural light! Alot of the renovations within the property were about making better use of existing space and to make the home feel more open and airy. We added a new bannister to the stairs which left the stairs feeling less enclosed and more inviting. By using a beautiful knotty wood we added character and gave a nod to the country style that the client was looking for.
Upstairs we addressed the lack of storage by creating a built in wardrobe in the master bedroom which is a great way to increase storage without encroaching on precious floorspace. In a similar style we added an under window seat with built in storage to the lounge following the large front windows - a perfect place to sit and watch the world go by!
The final stage was a full redecoration of the downstairs to bring everything together (unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of the final look) and the end product was a massive transformation! The whole downstairs feels open and bright with natural tones and a countryside home feel with modern elements and the storage solutions and updates throughout the house make this refurbishment cohesive.