A Traditional Kitchen in Harrow

We built this kitchen in a substantial 1930’s home in Harrow as part of a comprehensive refurbishment project. It’s a true fitted kitchen. Notice the way that the tall cabinets fit around the stair boxing (which was originally a hideous protrusion into the room). It’s as if the kitchen had been grown there, as if it had always been part of the fabric of the house.
Traditional kitchen in North London with limed oak island
We like the fridge. It’s a very ordinary Bosch fridge, nothing too fancy. What’s a fridge if you feel you can’t put fridge magnets and kid’s drawings on it? The customer wanted us to use it because it had only recently been bought for the previous home. Eventually it’ll wear out – replacement couldn’t be simpler.

We like the lights at various heights over the island / breakfast bar – the customer’s own lighting design.

We’ll say it over and over again, the best kitchens are mostly designed by the customer. This kitchen is no exception. This room was a challenge – a big space with a living area – but narrow. The customer wanted an island and a dining area.

A rapid fire exchange of emails – Cameron drawing each new layout that the customer suggested to scale – resulted in the layout above. Yes, an extra metre of width would have helped but this works. Notice the window seat which uses only half the depth of a row of chairs.

So there are two different eating places – the casual drop-in-for-coffee bit at the end of the island and the more formal family-round-the table – both get used every day.

Here’s something you can do where a worktop meets a row of tall cabinets in a corner. The worktop continues into a cupboard with a bifold door that can be pushed out of the way. Result; small appliances out of the way and a ‘shove space’ – clear the clutter of the coffee and tea making in an instant.
At Celtica, we’re not convinced by tall pull out wirework larders. So how about banks of separate internal drawers screened off by larder doors? Each internal drawerbox is made of solid beech with a plywood bottom and a solid oak front and has its own set of Blum soft close runners rated at 30kg load. Pull out what you need and no more, looks fantastic. So much better than a wirework pullout and yet comparable in price.
The island is in limed oak whereas the rest of the kitchen is painted oak. Seriously deep pan drawers.
Yes, we made the table too. Refurbishment of the living room required the removal of two vast oak beams from the ceiling – sad but structurally necessary. Could we recycle them into a piece of furniture that perpetuated the spirit of the house?