Character Renovation

Character Renovation

Character Renovation

Renovating the kitchen in this character cottage to design a showcase modern delight.


The 16th century Grade I character cottage situated in a Surrey Village was is need of a complete redesign and renovation.  Returning from living abroad for 20 years the couple desperately needed to modernise the kitchen and breakfast room which hadn’t be updated since the 70s.

Wishing to settle and make their beautiful cottage a home for the future, a modern and light kitchen was desired to better enjoy their home.

Successfully being accepted as part of Sarah Beeny’s ‘Renovate Don’t Relocate’ TV show, Sanctuary were approached to design, supply and install the whole project within a month.


Firstly their builders opened up the space connecting the breakfast room, utility and kitchen, including incorporating a vaulted ceiling, patio doors and relocating a listed window.

This allowed more flexibility with the kitchen design and how they wanted to utilise the whole space.  Following our design consultation is was decided to section off one the areas into two separate rooms, one to house the refrigeration and wine coolers and the second to become a utility room.  The solution was a contemporary kitchen with a decluttered appearance with plenty of storage and work surface.

Two tone modern handleless kitchen cabinets were chosen from our Bauformat range, Pamplona gloss white and anthracite concrete adding a mix of texture as well as colour.  The darker cabinets were placed at a lower level with the reflective white wall units being less dominant but giving valuable storage space.  Connecting each zone was achieved using Silestone’s white arabesque quartz worktops, combining white and grey tones with an on trend dark grey vein marbled effect.  Along with a smokey grey splashback and marble effect floor tiles all brightening up the room.

Integrated appliances by Miele were added giving them the technological innovation with a sleek stylish finish.  A hidden Elica extractor continued the minimalist style along with Franke’s sink and taps and a wine cooler by Caple.

The final elements to this kitchen was a breakfast bar for the couple to relax and enjoy their garden.


A wonderful example of how a contemporary light and airy kitchen can be incorporated within a character home.  With modern appliances and accessible storage the kitchen seamlessly flowed with an elegant but stunning designer finish.  With impressive views of their lovely garden the couple can now enjoy their new kitchen.

If you are planning a kitchen renovation call us today on 01932 255465 or pop into our showroom to gain guidance and inspiration on contemporary, classic and traditional designs.