This beautifully bright and sunny family kitchen provides lots of prep space with the large granite topped island. A wall of larder cabinets match the proportions and architectural details of the room while providing a focal point with the oak ladder and brass rail.

The Arts and Craft Kitchen with Oak Ladder

The Riverside Country Kitchen – The Brief

Our client’s home is filled with personality. They wanted a kitchen that would reflect their artistry, while also matching the proportions and architectural style of the room. After a consultation with our team, they opted for a large, shaker-style design.

Coming from a creative family, form and function were both important to our client. We added a moveable oak ladder and brass rail to a wall of larder cabinets to act as a focal point in the room. The larder wall reaches right to the ceiling, with a height of 2.9 metres. Built-in plug sockets provide more functional space to the house for the use of small appliances. An integrated microwave oven is even cleverly hidden away in one of the larders.

Two double larders sit either side of a door that leads through to another room. We decided to paint it in the same Farrow & Ball Hague Blue to seamlessly blend the door into the cabinets. An adjacent run of cabinets holds a Shaws double Belfast-style ceramic sink, two dishwashers and a set of pull out bins.

When it comes to cooking family meals, our client knew that having a big prep area would be key. To make the most of their kitchen space, we positioned a granite-topped island unit in the centre of the room. It contains a small prep sink with a Perrin & Rowe Phoenician mixer tap and pull out rinse in pewter, along with a Quooker boiling water tap. The unit’s cabinetry consists of sets of drawers, double cupboards, pull-out bins and an integrated under-counter freezer.

They already had an Aga, so our client was keen for an additional electric oven. They chose an Ilve Roma built-in oven with a Siemens induction hob on the countertop. An integrated fridge cabinet sits at the right end of the run of deep blue cabinets. Choosing a large, farmhouse-style dining table suits their family life while also nodding to the architecture throughout the home.

Quadrant beading on the panel moulding of the door softens the kitchen, giving it a traditional feel that sits well with the period and style of the home. Brass beehive knobs from Willow & Stone were carefully chosen to match the brass butt hinges from Armac Martin.

Our client thought carefully about their colour palette. The dining chairs are painted in shades that echo the pendant lighting and decorative accessories. Painting the cabinetry in a deep Farrow & Ball Hague Blue complements the light coming in from grand garden windows, and light oak flooring provides more balance and contrast.

Our clients are enjoying their kitchen and will feedback soon

Project Information


Cabinets – Birch, Oak & Beech
Worktop – Granite
Paint – Farrow & Ball, Hague Blue No.30 in Exterior Eggshell
Knobs – Willow & Stone Brass Beehive Cabinet Knob
Hinges – Armac Martin

Matt Higgins

Matt Higgins : This project was an opportunity to create a great family kitchen that uses all of the available space. Introducing a ladder makes use of the tall ceilings and increases the usable storage significantly while adding a unique focal point. Extra care was taken to ensure that the ratios of the tall doors and cabinetry suited the architecture details of the client’s home.


Table – Vintage, sourced by client

Dining Chairs – Vintage, sourced by client


Photography – Charlie O’Beirne of

Architect – Outpost

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