The exceptional kitchen at this luxury Felixstowe conversion has the #GBBO wow factor

Posted 16 September 2015 by Keith Osborne

At their prestigious Bartlet redevelopment, the challenge faced by Gipping Homes in their first show home was to provide a kitchen within the main living area where Historic England (formerly English Heritage) had conditioned that no new internal walls could be constructed across the property in order to preserve the appearance of the ward of this former convalescence home.  In addition, it was essential to make use of the fantastic sea views while providing a fully functional kitchen.

Designing all of their own kitchens, the company set about taking advantage of the step in floor levels that had been permitted, creating a large, curved, freestanding, forward-facing work area on the higher level and a generous, full-length breakfast bar facility accessible from the lower floor level.

This island comprises a Caesarstone worktop incorporating undermount bowl, a Quooker boiling tap and two separate induction hobs, with a range of curved cupboards, drawers and dishwasher below.  The raised floor also facilitated a Caple downdraught extract fan, ducted to external air and accommodated under the worktop when not in use, so maintaining the open plan feel of the facilities.

Behind the island is a U-shaped range of tall cabinets housing a fully integrated Liebherr, French-style fridge freezer and Miele oven, combi microwave and coffee machine.  Design ingenuity also facilities an extra area of worktop with further views direct to the sea, a tambour unit and wine fridge.

A combination of high-gloss graphite slab doors and a mix of box ends and panels, in gloss Mira Cosa woodgrain effect, creates a modern appearance enhanced by a combination of LED and suspended light fittings.

The Bartlet, Felixstowe, Suffolk (sat nav: IP11 7SN) is a seafront development of 36 houses and apartments set in and around a Grade II* listed former convalescence home, set over a Napoleonic Martello Tower. Prices start at £275,000.

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