When designer Charlie Brothwick purchased his property in 2007, the kitchen left much to be desired. “The existing galley kitchen felt pretty pokey and oppressive,” explains Charlie, who planned to extend the end-of-terrace from the outset.

“I made a conscious decision to live in the property before I started work though, so that I could get a real sense of exactly what I wanted and how I could make the most of any existing features,” he adds. Skip to the remainder of the story.

grey kitchen units enhanced by bright garden

Grey units create a sharp contrast with the bright garden. Bespoke lamps, made by Charlie, light the kitchen at night

pewter finish taps

The eyecatching pewter tap, from Perrin & Rowe, is one of the many traditional elements that compliment the modern urban design

The resulting house features a remodelled layout with a contemporary extension providing space for a larger kitchen/diner. “By opening up the house, I managed to get light pouring in from both the front and the back,” says Charlie.

The extension is stepped down from the existing house — this not only provides definition between the old and new, but enabled Charlie to create a level threshold between inside and out. “I particularly wanted to have an open plan ground floor that led onto a garden,” he says.

The kitchen, like the striking grey extension exterior, is contemporary in style, but exudes a timeless air. “In-frame cabinetry gives the kitchen an enduring quality, while the addition of concealed hinges – rather than butt hinges – gives it a contemporary twist,” explains Charlie, who founded Cue & Co, a company specialising in the design and handcraftmanship of furniture, lighting and kitchens.

Finer details such as the traditional-style bridge tap, from Perrin & Rowe, which sits upon a polished concrete worktop, again continues this elegant mix. “Perrin & Rowe make such beautiful taps and I adore the pewter finish because it’s incredibly subtle,” Charlie concludes.

Photographer: c/o Cue & Co

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