A birch plywood kitchen renovation in a tranquil cottage extension transforming a dysfunctional space that needed the room completely turning around. 

Plywood Cottage Extension with everhot range, overlay plywood doors

Plywood Cottage Extension Kitchen – The Brief

When the client bought the cottage complete with its 2004 extension, it was clear that the layout wouldn’t work for them with a large peninsular blocking the space and a sink in the wrong location. 


We redesigned the space to work around the client and their needs for a kitchen. We incorporated units along the back wall that would house the sink and appliances, with a smaller island that can be used for prep, but also that people can sit at and dine whilst looking out through the garden room doors looking onto the private courtyard. 


The island is designed with large drawers for storage plus with an additional oven. Whilst the other side of the island incorporates an overhang for the family so sit to make space a social family area.


Our client was looking to have a range that provided a constant heat source into the cottage. We designed in an Everhot which has a low requirement for energy which also includes an induction hob. They are also British manufactured in Gloucestershire using energy that they have mostly generated themselves. 


The plywood style brings a contemporary feel to the cottage with exposed edge painted fronts on the high cabinetry, with over-lay varnished panels on the bottom run using the highest quality birch plywood made from PEFC and FSC certified materials. The plywood cabinetry is perfectly paired with simple Biscotto Concretto worksurface. 


We continued the plywood cabinets into the utility room where it was a challenge to fit enough storage alongside the washing machine; but with clever design, we made the most of the angled wall and designed an open food store using floating plywood shelves which can be shut off from the rest of the kitchen as required.



This mixed plywood kitchen brings a fun feel to the cottage as well as being sustainable and durable!

Project Information


Birch plywood, in-frame top cabinets with overlay bottom row

Little Greene – Obsidian Green (top cabinets & island)

White lye varnish – Bottom run

Worktop – Biscotto Conretto

Island worktop – Oak


Range – Everhot 90i

Fridge – Bosch Classixx

Matt Higgins Square May 2018

The strong contrast between the dark green island and the fresh ply of the perimeter cabinetry really stands out on this project, its great working with Plywood designing different looks. 


White bar stools – Oskar Bristol


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