When Jon King and Gail Hamilton-King purchased their 1878-built semi-detached home, the interiors were crying out for a makeover — and key spaces such as the bathroom and kitchen had barely been touched since the sixties.

But to create an open plan kitchen dining room for their young family, the couple not only planned to remodel the ground floor, utilising the full width of the rear, but add an orangery-style extension. Skip to remainder of the story

kitchen extension

The orangery style creates a light-filled kitchen with traditional appeal

interior shot of the kitchen diner

High quality plywood-built units have been paired with hardwearing DuPont Zodiaq ‘Cygnus Pearl’ worktops

living area with iconic Charles Earmes DSR dining chairs

Iconic fixtures and furnishings, such as the Charles Earmes DSR dining chairs and PH 5 pendant lamp, compliment the contemporary kitchen design

living area with hardwearing worktop and drawers

The kitchen is designed to be visually appealing and practical for a boisterous young family

“The house is within a Conservation Area so the planners wouldn’t allow a ‘standard orangery’,” explains Jon. Instead, a more substantial brick-built addition was approved.

The couple, who previously ran a commercial interiors’ design and build company, designed the extension. They also turned their hand to kitchen design.

“I liked the idea of a plywood kitchen, using a material that was being honest about its structure — rather than MDF wrapped in plastic,” says Jon, who enjoyed the challenge so much that he founded Hamilton-King, who design and install bespoke kitchens and living spaces. “I was also attracted to the strong and stable qualities of plywood, especially with a young family.”

Lower-level units have been finished in high-gloss laminate, while the pièce de résistance – an ingenious floor-to-ceiling wall of storage – has a veneer of European oak finished in hardwearing satin lacquer.

High-quality appliances have also been specified. “From our initial investigations, we felt that appliances from Siemens offered good value, great functionality and were nicely finished within their price bracket,” says Jon.

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