Modernising a listed property for family life

The Pearce’s were confined to a small back kitchen. With a large growing family and several pets, change was needed to create a welcoming, sociable space for everyone. It was decided to knock two rooms into one, creating a generously sized kitchen with a view onto the lovely grounds.

When Shona and Jerry were brought onto the project building work hadn’t begun, making it hard to imagine the final result. Shona’s design process used family routines as a starting point, to give the owners a clear picture of their dream kitchen.

“We all got involved, and Shona was brilliant. She talked us through a typical meal, asking us to imagine cooking and what we had to do in the kitchen. This helped us to clarify how we use the kitchen, and decide what we needed.”


“Shona and Jerry make a very good team and totally understood what type of kitchen would suit us as a family, and also what would work in keeping with a listed Georgian house.”

Jerry created a CAD design from his detailed measurements to produce a mock-up for discussion: “The computer image was a great help to us – it made the whole process highly visual. We were also able to move things around easily and try different options, before we committed to the final design.”

The building is a listed Georgian mansion, so it was important to create a look that complimented the surroundings. It needed to echo the Georgian grandeur and symmetry and include all modern conveniences. With a large family and lots of entertaining, the owners requested two dishwashers, and some original features.

“The great thing about Countryside Kitchens & Interiors is that everything is bespoke, so we were able to get exactly what we wanted, and keep the Georgian feel along with practical solutions. So we have a Georgian-style mantel around the Aga, with built-in cupboards. I also found some ideas in magazines, including a special bread bin and knife rack which were specially created to fit the space.”


Soft Farrow & Ball colours were used throughout, and glass splashbacks and tulipwood added to the look of elegant simplicity. For the work surfaces pale Silestone® was chosen. “Silestone is fantastic. With granite, somebody marks it and you spend your life polishing it! With Silestone, you can put anything on it and it doesn’t mark. We wanted our kitchen to be very liveable. The great thing is that everyone can get involved in helping out and preparing – we can all be in there at the same time.”

Shona’s appreciation of the family kitchen as the heart of the home is clear in this kitchen and the Pearce’s can attest. “Shona’s very good because she leads a similar busy family life to ours, so she completely understands what we need!”


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