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23rd May 2018

The transformative power of good design

To see the before photographs of this property it is almost unrecognisable in its new carnation as an expansive bright and rather impressive kitchen dining space. We spoke to architect Andrew Veness from HollandGreen Architects about how he went about transforming the space and what the client was aiming to achieve.

"In terms of the kitchen/dining room area, this was previously a conservatory (became new dining space), and then a hallway with bedroom and office off from this. As part of the renovation works, we tried to address the confused circulation between the spaces, and reduce the amount of dead space within the property (the conservatory being one of those). The bedroom and office were both quite dark box rooms with low ceilings, with an uninspiring view towards a garden fence.

Our approach was to open up this space to create an open plan room ideal for entertaining. We added drama to the space by vaulting the ceiling, and skylights were introduced to provide an abundance of natural light from above." Andrew Veness, HollandGreen Architects.

Working with kitchen designer Lucy Hillier who created the internal space with its aesthetic and functional requirements in the forefront of her mind. High specification materials and finishes such as the white molded Corian worktop and a professional spray finish were chosen for their durability and sleek sharp finish to not only reflect as much light as possible but also mirror the contemporary handle less design. Oak internals and a floating shelf were incorporated adding additional storage and an extra dimension to the overall effect. By using a natural texture that provides warmth and a comforting homely feel finishing the space.


This project also benefitted from working at the early stages of conception with the Barr Interior Design team, which led to some stunning additions not least the beautiful tile floor selected from Fired Earth.


We take great pride in working with clients (or their architect / interior designer) who share the BarrKitchens’ passion for individuality and quality. A collaborative approach is taken to achieve the perfect end result, as can be seen here

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