Contemporary Eco Kitchen in the Cotswolds

by Nicky Spear

We love a challenge here at Sustainable Kitchens and are constantly looking out for interesting projects to get our teeth stuck into.  When the opportunity arose to design and build a plywood, contemporary eco kitchen in a beautiful and unique eco house designed by Architect Charlie Luxton we could barely contain our excitement.

Tara’s love for cooking, her need for a kitchen in which she could run Vientamese cookery classes and a passion for clean modern design really drove the design process for this kitchen.  From the very beginning Tara knew that the worktop absolutely had to be stainless steel and very quickly decided to finish the cabinetry in exposed Birch Plywood.

We are overjoyed with the floating shelf which we fabricated from the leftover Dinesen floorboards laid throughout the house, it glides seamlessly around the room, houses discreet LED lighting and houses the extractor.  The piece de resistance for me is that centre island; clad on 3 sides with stainless steel and running on immense industrial castors, it wheels effortlessly around the room.

Tara also kept a detailed blog about the whole project, if your interested in hearing about the whole process then please visit her website Future.Simple.Passive. 

Project Information


Perimeter units – White stain and clear matte varnish
Centre Island – White stain and clear matte varnish


Perimeter – Brushed stainless steel
Centre Island
– Brushed stainless steel


Oven – Smeg single oven
Hob – Ikea Mojlig + Neff T51T53X2
Fridge Freezer – Existing
Dishwasher – Free-standing
Hood– Elica HT 80
Sink – Kohler Vault Stainless Steel Offset Double Bowl Kitchen Sink – 3823-1
Tap– Supplied by client
Splashback– Stainless steel

If you require any more information about this project then please contact us.


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