In a previous life, this stunning open plan kitchen and living space was a milking parlour. For a unique space with such rich history, we knew we had to come up with a show-stopping design.

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

The Milk Parlour – The Brief

Being able to flow easily through the kitchen with lots of room to cook or entertain was important for our client. We carefully considered layout options and settled on a large island unit to maximise the functionality of this L-shaped kitchen.

The reclaimed boxcar oak cabinets house the larder and integrated fridge and freezer. We chose a material that would anchor the room, while adding a rustic touch. Continuity contributes to exceptional design, so we decided to repeat this oak in the breakfast bar section of the island, where the stools get tucked under.

The rest of the materials in the kitchen – stainless steel, copper and marble – all work together in harmony to create a sleep look without overwhelming the space.

The space is flooded with light, thanks to a pitched roof. This allowed us to balance out the dark paint on the base cabinetry and island unit. By choosing eclectic materials, the kitchen feels fresh and unique with plenty of rustic touches to link this flat panel kitchen to its milking parlour routes.

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“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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