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Kitchens: Bryan Turner's modern take on timeless

When property developers Jo and Andy Houghton came to create a kitchen for their own home, a new-build farmhouse in Barrington, they called on Bryan Turner. Known for combining a fine eye for design with exquisite handmade cabinetry, the local company was a dream to work with, as Jo tells Velvet

Set the scene for us: describe your house.

We have lived in Barrington just over three years and have built a Suffolk farmhouse-style house.

What led to you choosing Bryan Turner for the project?

We have worked with Bryan Turner before and have had his kitchens in houses we have built - we are property developers.

Did you have a clear idea of the new room at the outset? What was on your wishlist, both practically and aesthetically?

I wanted the oven to be a main feature with a large built-in canopy/chimney. Also I loved the idea of a huge centre island. I wasn’t keen to have the sink in the centre island but now actually love it being there.

How did the Bryan Turner team help shape those ideas?

They were very good. We dealt mainly with Jonathan who was brilliant throughout. The kitchen was installed as we built the house and was all finished when we moved in.

How would you describe the style of the finished room?

Very light, as the room has so many windows and the units are a simple off white colour which is very easy to live with.

What are the standout elements?

Two dishwashers; the butler’s pantry with doors that hide all the electrical items - toaster, coffee machine etc; and the centre island which is so great when we entertain.

Do you have a favourite spot in the new space? If so, why?

The sink! Where I spend most of my time!

Can you remember walking into the finished kitchen for the first time? Were you wowed?

We were there everyday whilst it was being installed but yes, when it all came together at the end, we were absolutely delighted with it.

What would you say to recommend Bryan Turner?

It’s a lovely small business to deal with and it’s all very relaxed at each stage, from design through to fitting.

Design Notes

How did this dream kitchen become reality? The Bryan Turner team explains

This kitchen is the perfect example of a modern take on a traditional kitchen with a style that is simple, but timeless. Designed with parties in mind, two fully glazed walls of the kitchen can be opened to allow the kitchen and the patio to become effectively one large entertaining space.

The large island is the focal point, incorporating a breakfast bar as well as the main working area for the kitchen. A prep sink complete with boiling water tap allows food to be prepared (and perhaps blanched) while looking out into the spectacular garden and any guests. Further worktop space can be found inside a butler’s pantry, concealed behind bifold doors. Designed as a ‘real cooks cupboard’ for messy food preparation, this pantry contains another preparation sink and electrical sockets to allow food processors to be stored and used within the cupboard itself.

Stylish subway tiles, soft paint tones and curved cupboards were chosen to allow for a softened and relaxed finish to the room. Contrasting textures are a major feature of the island, with a pale Caesarstone worktop combines with a driftwood-like oak to create an ergonomic place to sit or set down items.

A bespoke cooker canopy with additional storage conceals a powerful bespoke extractor fan which works with the eye-catching Lancanche range cooker. A high end Miele fridge complete with humidity control is incorporated into the cabinetry of the room along with large pan and utensil drawers and bespoke pull out storage crafted from oak. The room is designed with the chef in mind and finished to create a relaxing room.


Price: Similar kitchens from around £55,000

Furniture: Hand crafted kitchen featuring panelled doors with ogee mouldings and traditional cockbeading. The cabinets and island are hand painted in Farrow & Ball Shaded White and are finished with polished nickel knobs and cup handles

Work Surface: 30mm Caesarstone Frosty Carrina with a bevelled edge detail accompanied by ‘driftwood effect’ oak on the island which matches the flooring

Flooring: ‘Driftwood effect’ oak floor achieved by steaming, liming, and waxing the oak

Appliances: Fully integrated ‘Mastercool’ refrigerator, Miele; Fully integrated freezer, Liebher; Two integrated dishwashers, Miele; Bespoke extractor unit with push button controls in a stainless steel finish, Westin; ‘Citeaux Classic’ range cooker, Lancanche

Sink & Taps: ‘Design’ boiling water tap in stainless steel finish, Quooker; ‘Olympus’ FilterFlow tap with hand rinse in silk steel finish, Franke; ‘Icerock’ undermounted sink in stainless steel, Kohler; ‘Deerfield’ two bowl undermounted sink in stainless steel, Kohler

Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture is at High Green, Great Shelford CB22 5EG. Call (01223) 641050, email enquiries@bryanturnerkitchens.com or visit bryanturnerkitchens.com

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