Real Design & Restoration

In 2003 Patrick Gunning of Barnes, Ashburton designed a new kitchen for our 16th century listed cottage and we were thrilled with the result.  We liked his approach to functionality and the importance of being able to work comfortably when cooking along with his consideration of the aesthetic impact of the whole room.   We enjoyed the kitchen for many years.

A conversation whilst on holiday in February 2016 led us to consider having our kitchen knocked down and a new, bigger kitchen built that would link into an existing barn, that would become a breakfast room and study.  We discussed our ideas with Woodford Associates, Ashburton and with the team at Barnes.  We wanted to re-use as much of the existing kitchen cupboards, worksurfaces and other items as possible and found Patrick and Kim to be very enthusiastic about refurbishing the original cupboards and making additional cupboards to complement those we already had.

When Daniel Osborne of Woodford Associates had drawn up preliminary plans for the new kitchen Patrick began to design the interior for us, ready for when Listed Building Consent and Planning Permission were granted.   The building works were undertaken by Mason Construction, Buckfastleigh who liaised closely with us, our architect and Barnes as the work progressed

Barnes kindly stored the original kitchen whilst their highly skilled craftsmen refurbished it and made the new cupboards.  The run of cabinets/cupboards that had been on the end wall of the house were returned to the same position in the new kitchen with the original granite work surface.  A modification was made to a large wall cupboard to accommodate the new shape of this wall.  A large elm topped island was made by using existing and new cupboards, providing a spectacular feature in the kitchen.  The existing sink and taps were refurbished and reused as part of the island, which incorporates dishwasher drawers and a washing machine (both sourced by Barnes).

A new run of cupboards was built to incorporate the Aga, electric oven and a new larger hob.  Granite to top these cupboards was sourced by Barnes to match the existing granite.

Mason construction installed a reclaimed wood floor for us, which they obtained from Winkleigh Timber.

The very skilled craftsmen, from Barnes, who made the new cupboards, fitted the kitchen and installed the appliances worked hard to ensure everything went smoothly.  Their attention to detail and finish was exemplary.  Once the cupboards were in place they were beautifully painted by Ben Stretton.

A bespoke dresser, made by the cabinetmakers at Barnes, completes the kitchen, giving a wonderful display area for part of our collection of craftsman made pottery.

We are delighted with the completed project.  We now have a room that is flooded with light due to the clever design and a new room, which is far more than a well-designed kitchen.  It is a complement and enhancement to our cottage.  Thank you to everyone who worked with us to make it possible.


Additional information

Main companies involved:

Architect:  Daniel Osborne, Woodford Associates, Ashburton

Builders:  Mason Construction, Buckfastleigh

Kitchen design, construction and fitting:  Barnes, Ashburton

Electrician:  Clive Mason, Buckfastleigh

Large windows and door:  Architectural Bronze Casements, Grantham

Reclaimed floorboards:  Winkleigh Timber, Winkleigh

Aga:  Garton King, Exeter

Feature lighting:  Jim Lawrence, Hadleigh

Integrated fridge, washing machine and hob:  Neff

Dish Drawers:  Fisher & Paykel

Bar stools:  Nkuku, Harbertonford