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Rustic kitchen in Wimbledon

We had an enquiry in may 2019 from couple Tom and Hannah in Wimbledon S.W. London looking for someone to design and build a rustic kitchen for their rear garden. The brief was to design a straight-line kitchen with gas BBQ and outdoor fridge with adequate worktop space for food preparation to be sited between two apple trees about 3.5m apart.

After much discussion on materials, the clients chose a beautiful random coursed weathered York stone called ‘Newbold’ from our stone supplier of choice, Bingley Stone  to give that rustic country look. Given the state of the neighbours fence backing the area, it was decided to raise the rear wall to 1.6m to hide it and also to give a nice clean looking back drop to the kitchen. It also enabled us to add discrete LED strip lights into the coping to illuminate the wall and prep area at night and add a stainless steel hanging rail for utensils while cooking.

With a budget of max £10K all in, we chose a cast concrete worktop, shelf and coping for its neutral grey colour to blend in with the existing paving, Beefeater Discovery 3 burner BBQ and Beefeater Outdoor rated fridge.  If we had gone for a top of the range ‘Wolf’ ‘Firemagic’ or Lynx BBQ with ‘Blastcool’ outdoor fridge, we would be looking at a minimum budget of £22K a figure that normally only gets spent on new builds such as our other Wimbledon or Potters Bar project.

Rustic kitchen or Modernist?

Of course, someones ‘Rustic kitchen’ is another persons ‘Modernist’ as although the stone surfaces are rough and irregular, they are cut into courses with very small mortar joints achieved by laying mortar and then almost pushing the stone blocks into place rather than tapping down. The overall effect is to give a sharp defined shape to the kitchen edges that is complemented by the cast concrete worktop and recessed lighting. The materials speak for themselves so cross the boundary from ‘Rustic’ to ‘Arts and Crafts’ or ‘Modernist’

The result is stunning, very simple in conception but rich in detail and light play across the surfaces.

For more information on the design of outdoor kitchens, please see our page here.  Outdoor kitchens are entirely scalable and what you decide to incorporate should be down to how you live and cook. The choice of materials is wide but their common factor is watertightness and durability, after all you won’t want to be mopping up water from inside cupboards or having to replace carcassing after a few years. It definitely pays to get the best appliances you can afford as they are better made and have fewer design compromises.

 

Rustic kitchen in Wimbledon We had an enquiry in may 2019 from couple Tom and Hannah in Wimbledon S.W. London looking for someone to design and build a rustic kitchen for their rear garden. The brief was to design a straight-line kitchen with gas BBQ and outdoor fridge with adequate worktop space for food preparation […]