When Natasha came to us, she was about to embark upon an ambitious renovation project, transforming a Listed Georgian home in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. The kitchen was the crux of the project, so getting it right – in terms of form, function and sustainability – was one of Natasha’s highest priorities.

Eco Extension Shaker Kitchen with bespoke dog bed, art deco lighting and floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the garden

Eco Extension Shaker Kitchen – The Brief

For Natasha, sustainability was a top priority. She was even mapping every stage of her renovation on her blog-turned-consultancy-business, Renovate Green.

In their initial consultancy, Matt realised that Natasha’s home and lifestyle would demand a multifunctional space, which would incorporate a bright, airy dining space and garden room. She wanted to make good use of the light that would flood in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of her extension, so we worked from her building plans to make sure that would happen.

Matt analysed every detail with sustainability in mind. This helped Natasha land on the materials and paint that would have the least impact on the environment, while working towards a beautiful, functional space that was designed bespoke to her day-to-day family life.

Naturally, the whole project was totally bespoke. Her dog, Ember, has her own bed built in to the island unit (an essential, we’re sure you’ll agree), and through talking to Natasha about her complex recycling and composting activities, we designed the perfect mini recycling centre.

For the island unit, characterful wood is offset with stainless steel in a mixed worktop. Her guests always comment on one of the stand-out features of the kitchen: the part of the worktop that was reclaimed from a school science lab. Originally, it exhibited the full spectrum of profanity you might expect from school kids drawing on their desks. After some TLC in the Sustainable Kitchens workshop, it was transformed into a wooden element that boasted its history – but not its profanities! Treating the wood to make it fit for purpose required more than a little creativity – particularly when it came to removing the chewing gum…

Beautiful, high-quality and unique wood takes centre stage in the detailing of the kitchen. Her drawer fronts take a leaf out of our Showroom’s book, and her bespoke cutlery drawer makes a subtle statement.

To backtrack and follow Natasha’s journey, head over to Renovate Green, where she covers her whole renovation project from start to finish, with every little detail in between.

To learn more about what’s involved in a project like this, and to get an idea of what it might cost to implement in your home, call us on 0117 325 3416 or email us at

"In my view, Sustainable Kitchens truly live up to their name. All through our project, they embraced and rose to the challenge of designing a kitchen that met the high environmental standards that we’d set for our house"

Natasha Ginks

Project Information


Paint: Basalt by Little Greene

Cabinets: Birch and oak

Drawers: Interesting Timbers with Armac Martin drawer pulls

Worktops: Retrouvius and stainless steel

Handles: M Marcus


Range: Smeg SYD4110 Symphony Dual Fuel Range Cooker

Hood: Smeg KTR110XE

Oven: Miele – Discovery – Built-In Pyrolytic Single Oven (H2265BP)

Warming Drawer: Miele Sous Chef Warming Drawer, Clean Steel

Refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel (RF522WDRUX4)

Dishwasher: Miele, Fully Integrated Dishwasher (G4990VI)

Island Sink: Kohler Iron/Tones Inset/Under-mount 432mm, no tap hole (6584-0) White.

Main Tap: Perrin & Rowe Rubiq U-Sput 4310 (with lever handles and rinse) in a pewter finish

Island Tap: Mayan 4328 AB (deck mounted, crossheads) in an Aged brass finish

Matt Higgins Square May 2018

Matt Higgins: One of the great things about working with Natasha was her dedication to the sustainability of the project. We were able to pool our knowledge of sustainable materials with Natasha’s focused knowledge of the home’s quirks to create a kitchen that fits in aesthetically and ideologically. The design has timeless personality, both in its style and its materials.


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