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Rustic Kitchen Diner for A Character Cottage

Our clients approached KCA with a unique challenge to refresh their traditional cottage kitchen whilst harmonising with its traditional charm. The objective was to create a modern kitchen design that celebrates the cottage’s original features, including terracotta tiles and exposed brick, without compromising functionality.

We selected German-engineered flat panel furniture with a putty concrete graphite finish throughout the room for a cohesive look. The graphite bar handles complement the cabinets, adding an industrial touch while seamlessly blending with the cabinetry. The countertops are durable Dekton Edora with a textured finish, mirroring the rustic feel of the cottage. The media area has an oak-effect timber table and wall panelling to add warmth to the space.

By marrying modern design elements with the cottage’s character, this kitchen breathes new life into the heart of the home, creating an impactful, functional space that embodies the client’s vision.

compact kitchen diner with terracotta floor tiles

Incorporating the exposed brickwork into the design was a priority. We achieved this by creating tall housings on the opposite wall, housing an integrated fridge/freezer and a spacious larder storage unit. This larder provides essential food storage and a dedicated space for smaller kitchen appliances.

The oven housing posed another interesting challenge. Considering that one of the clients was very tall, we designed the ovens comfortably for both tall and average-height individuals. We positioned the Quooker tap and sink in front of the room’s beautiful Victorian window. Flanking them are an integrated dishwasher and bins placed for optimal convenience.

In this multifunctional kitchen design, we added plenty of smart storage solutions. The corner unit features a Le-Man’s mechanism, which maximises storage efficiency, while two drawer packs offer ample space for cutlery, utensils, cookware, and crockery—all within easy reach.

dark grey kitchen with terracotta tiled floor
dark grey concrete kitchen with Siemens ovens and sink in front of the window
kitchen sink with window overlooking the garden

We love to create spaces that are enjoyable to cook in, so the design needed to offer our clients ample preparation space. The hob position retains plenty of room on either side for food prep. To maximise cooking versatility, we designed the kitchen with a Bosch Flex Induction hob. The hob features dual cooking zones that can be combined or used independently.

To maintain the integrity of the exposed brick wall, we installed wall units for additional storage, neatly concealing a powerful extractor. Floating shelves soften the visual impact while providing extra storage.

dark grey kitchen with exposed brick wall and floating shelves

Adjacent to the main kitchen area, we created a dedicated media space. It has coordinating furniture panels and accommodates a 49″ TV, floating shelves, and low-level overflow storage. This area is a transitional zone, effectively separating it from the kitchen.

Flexible dining was also addressed. An extendable table was incorporated in the absence of a formal dining room. We designed the table to be part of the design, fitting snugly over the lower kitchen units so it feels integrated with the kitchen yet can be moved when necessary. The dining table offers comfortable seating for the family and expands to accommodate guests during dinner parties.

kitchen diner with TV
dark grey kitchen with dining table and TV media wall

The entrance of the room was not overlooked. A freestanding unit was designed as a convenient hub for keys, posts, and other non-kitchen-related items.

dark grey modern kitchen with exposed brick walls and industrial pendant lighting
dark grey fitted sideboard with exposed brick wall and pendant lighting