This stunning open plan kitchen and living space was a milking parlour in a previous life. For such a unique space we knew we had to come up with an incredible design.

Steel, Marble, Reclaimed Wood Kitchen in open plan living space with woodburner, previously a milk parlour

The Milk Palour – The Brief

The L shaped kitchen with large island was created with space and storage in mind. A person can flow easily through the space with lots of room to cook or entertain. The floating shelves store decorative items making the kitchen feel stylish and elegant.

The reclaimed boxcar oak cabinets that houses the larder and integrated fridge and freezer anchor the room while adding a rustic touch. This oak is also repeated in the breakfast bar section of the island where the stools get tucked into bringing cohesion to the design. The rest of the materials in the kitchen: stainless steel, copper and marble, work together in harmony to create a sleek look without overwhelming the space. The pitched roof allowed a lot of light through balancing out the dark paint on the base cabinets and island. By choosing eclectic materials the kitchen feels fresh and unique and in harmony with the living space. There are just enough warm and rustic touches that link this flat panel kitchen to its roots.

“It took much longer than expected to find a company that gave us a high enough level of confidence in their design sensibilities and competence to proceed with this project. We eventually achieved these, and more, with Sustainable Kitchens, and right from the very first meeting. Ahead of appointing SK we were excited to have created a great space for a new kitchen from what used to be the old milking parlour. We had a good sized, bright and open space with three sided rural views that also possessed simple but strong structural features. We wanted something a little bit different, a bit less like “a kitchen” and something with gorgeous natural materials and textures. It would also need to be simple and in balance with the lines of the new room. The space however had already eluded a number of attempts at successful kitchen design by others. We figured we had the right people as soon as we met up with the proprietor Sam Shaw who was enthusiastic, interested in ideas and had a great eye for design and aesthetics. Rather than seeing the problem of creating a kitchen in what we considered a unique room he saw the opportunity for something special. This rapport continued throughout the process with not only Sam but all the staff at Sustainable Kitchens until the job was eventually finished, and indeed afterwards too. Even the long delays we introduced insisting on waiting for different timber samples of rare reclaimed oak timbers was accommodated without fuss. Sustainable Kitchens retained their positive attitude right through, providing a practical, functional and attractive kitchen, and were also respectful and realistic about budget control too. It was refreshing to have such openness and honesty. They were thoroughly professional and personable to deal with from beginning to end and we will have no doubts about appointing them again.”


Project Information


Larder Cladding – Reclaimed Boxcar Oak
Cabinets – Birch & Oak

Shelves – Antiqued Copper

Worktop – Sourced by the client, Stainless Steel & Calacatta Venato Marble

Paint – Farrow & Ball, Railings No.31 & Down Pipe No.26


Sam Shaw was the main designer on this project and he really enjoyed exploring using so many different materials in one space. From antiqued copper to boxcar oak it was a really interesting project to work on.


Range – Lacanche, Modern Macon
Hood – Lacanche, Bistro Hood
Fridge – Liebherr, IK3510 Integrated Fridge
Freezer – Liebherr, SIGN3566 Integrated Freezer
Dishwasher – Miele, G4960V1 Fully Integrated Dishwasher
Sink – Stainless steel sink welded into worktop
Tap – Perrin & Rowe, Orbiq with ‘U’ spout in Pewter


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