Who lives here: A couple and their dog and cat. The husband works in London and his wife runs The Loft Pickles & Jams business
Location: West Sussex, England
Size: 8 by 10 feet (2.4 by 3 meters) — the kitchen part of a converted stone hayloft that has two bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designer: Jasper Middleton, design director of Middleton Bespoke
The kitchen was already at the back of the hayloft, but the original design was busy, with an unimaginative use of space.
“The new design needed to be in keeping with the style, location and period of the property. It also had to be a clever, multifunctioning space with targeted storage for everything required in the couple’s jam-making business,” Middleton says.
The cabinets were custom made from solid hardwood (tulipwood frames and an oak-veneered center panel) using traditional techniques, then painted in a warm, contemporary gray. This is brought to life with raspberry on the patterned shades and in the accessories.
The owners purchased the wall-hung plate rack and open shelving unit at an antiques market.
“The owners are professional chefs, specializing in jams and pickles. They wanted a dedicated workstation with all the necessary equipment, such as knives and pans, to be readily available when at the stove,” Middleton says. “They also wanted a durable, honed black granite worktop here instead of oak.”
The fridge, not visible here, stands opposite the pantry unit seen in the far left corner.
Old English pewter knobs and handles offset the Shaker-style doors.
“The Rangemaster oven was an existing appliance left by the previous owner when the house was sold,” Middleton says.
“Due to the compact floor space and in order to meet storage demands while allowing good access, we decided to hinge the right door off the left one, so the owners don’t have to step around it,” the designer explains.
“The laundry appliances are located in an adjacent studio barn, which the owners use as a daytime retreat,” Middleton says. “We installed an oak floor and doors in this area, plus a laundry cabinet that houses their washing machine and dryer and further storage for their jam-making.”
“The aspect from the kitchen into the dining area is my favorite part of the plan, as it flows and blends perfectly with the space,” Middleton says.
“When used in conjunction with the pantry cupboard, the owners’ storage needs were completely satisfied,” Middleton says.