A big family means entertaining on a grand scale.

Creating your dream kitchen is a rare opportunity to tailor everything to suit your family. In this new build, where the family includes six children and does lots of entertaining, the kitchen took centre stage as the heart of the house with the whole building being designed around it.

With a fabulous view of the Borders countryside, and the orientation takes full advantage of this with south-facing French doors on the patio. It was important for the space to feel very open, with plenty of space for socialising. “We’ve had Christmas parties with 150 people, and this is really the hub of our house.”

“It’s not unknown for us to have 20 people in the kitchen while I’m making lunch, and it still looks tidy!”

 
 
 
 

“We love the fact that it’s a place the children enjoy coming back to.”

The central island is 4½ metres long, and has breakfast bar seating as well as the kitchen sink – great for preparing food while entertaining. It includes a Quooker tap for boiling water, which supplies instant water straight for the teapot or saucepan.

Drawers were chosen as the best way to maximise storage space for the lower units – “great for ramekins and cups” – while the upper larder units were designed with special bifold doors. “They’re fantastic,” she says, “because they can be left open when you’re working, and quickly closed up so that things look tidy. We also have pull-out chopping boards and wired-in appliances in their own cupboards, so that everything has its place.”

 
 
 
 

Countryside Kitchens & Interiors also fitted ceiling beams for a ‘country cottage’ feel, and soft Farrow & Ball colours were used throughout to make the most of the wonderful light. This bespoke kitchen was built seven years ago, and it has stood the test of time.

“Our youngest children have grown from being small to teens in this kitchen, while the eldest is now 30. Our son’s friend who got married even held his post-wedding lunch here. We love the fact that it’s a place the children enjoy coming back to, and bringing their friends, and no doubt their own families in due course.”

 

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