Kitchen of the Week: A Waste-Conscious Remodel for a Ceramic Tile Designer


Right here’s a kitchen that thoughtfully references the interval and place the house was constructed (someday within the nineteenth century, in London), but feels totally fashionable. It belongs to ceramic tile designer Sophie Caulfeild and her husband, James, a fund supervisor. The 2 employed architect Thom Brisco, of Brisco Loran, final 12 months to brighten, replace, and customise it for his or her busy life with two younger daughters. “We needed to have extra seating within the lightest a part of the home (the extension), to enhance the look of the extension from the surface, and to enhance the connection between the outside and indoors. It’s a north-facing room and it was very gray so we needed it to really feel so much hotter,” Sophie experiences.

In designing the brand new kitchen, Thom took his cues from what was already there: “A lot of the design emerged from our remark of the home’s historic window and door framework. We regarded to emulate the lacy qualities of its joinery with a timber framework of our personal.” However as a substitute of gutting the whole lot and changing all of it, Thom and his purchasers had been decided to attenuate waste and  “to work with what we had,” he says. “Ours is a undertaking of many small tweaks and measures producing a brand new comfy entire, with out resort to wholesale substitute.”

Some examples of their acutely aware efforts to salvage and reuse: “Brickwork that was eliminated to reshape a door would change into the brand new sill of an incoming window. The defective porcelain ground that we took up was moved to the backyard, the place it turned the bottom materials for the brand new backyard patio,” he shares. “As well as, a number of of the home equipment within the former kitchen had been retained and reinstalled within the new fit-out, while the previous cupboards turned a useful resource for the builder’s different tasks throughout London. While of restricted affect, these small strikes are examples of our vital shift towards a round materials economic system.”

Under, the outcomes of their thought-about, waste-conscious renovation.

Pictures by Agnese Sanvito, courtesy of Brisco Loran.

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Above: The wall and home windows on the best had been as soon as the outside of the Edwardian-era residence; an extension finished by prior house owners turned them into an inside partition. The brand new kitchen, on the left, mimics the unique framework.

the ash wood cabinetry, designed by brisco loran and built by constructive and  10
Above: The ash wooden cabinetry, designed by Brisco Loran and constructed by Constructive and Co., is “calmly completed with a whitening oil produced by Osmo,” he says. Terra-cotta tiles line the brand new ground. “The ground we changed was a featureless gray porcelain tile, beneath which the underfloor heating system had failed, guaranteeing it was chilly each to the contact and the attention. In distinction, the terra-cotta tile is wealthy in tone and texture, warming the areas with color and a renewed heating system.”


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