Rustic Stone Kitchen - A Case Study

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During the refurbishment of an old stone house in central Portugal we had the opportunity to do something different. The client showed us a magazine picture of an old French kitchen (seen right) and asked us to build one similar. Inevitably during this kind of work the brief moves around a little until we have a more refined idea of what the client wants and how to achieve it.

Having enlarged the kitchen space by knocking down a thick schist stone wall between two store rooms we set about waterproofing the walls and floor.

The client decided on a temporary kitchen salvaged from an upstairs room.

We talked over kitchen layouts and design, made a few simple sketches and settled on a final design.
The size of the cabinets and drawers was made so that electrical goods such as an oven or dish washer could be added later without any fuss, damage or extra cost.

As the timber was going to be treated with a “lime washed effect” it was decided to the keep the base timber mid oak so that the grain could show through. In the end an attractive oil finish was chosen which complements the stone nicely.

The cabinets were constructed by our carpenters not our award winning kitchen fitter. The stone sourced from our usual supplier and together they installed a very nice kitchen.

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