• Bespoke Kitchen Projects from Spencer Marchand

Traditional shaker kitchen

The Client’s Brief

  • Traditional shaker with contemporary feel
  • Functional working kitchen with the WOW factor
  • Hidden laundry appliances
  • Breakfast bar and island enough for 3-4 stools
  • Dining table enough for 4-6 to sit for diner
  • Soft seating / Sofa area

Our clients were directed to us following several recommendations by friends that had recently used our services and were looking for a traditional style kitchen with a modern contemporary feel. 

Like many of our clients, if they haven’t shopped for a new kitchen for a while, if ever, they were unfamiliar with the vast array of Shaker doors available. We initially set about explaining the range shaker door styles available from our range and eventually found a door and paint finish that the client was very happy with that would also suit the budget set aside.

Meanwhile, although they were due to start on the building works to provide the open plan kitchen area, their builder had suddenly let them down. By now we had become very involved with our clients and their kitchen project, so to help them, we agreed that we would take on the building work for them. This was extensive as it extended beyond just the kitchen area and involved alterations to the whole ground floor.

From there, the brief grew and Kevin was dedicated to the design of the kitchen to maximise the potential of the open plan living/dining/kitchen area. Karen worked alongside and liaised with our clients regarding the finer details of the build and advising on schedules and structural plans. 

Our Solution

Within just a few weeks, we were ready to start the building work whilst the kitchen was in production. This involved removal of the old external wall and others wall attached, an existing chimney breast and the wall enclosing the staircase. There were some unexpected structural challenges along the way but Karen worked with her structural engineer to overcome these eventually resulting in a far better structural solution.

A new hallway was created leading to a new study and cloakroom. Once the stairs were open, Karen managed to source spindles to match to old existing ones on the landing and these were installed. Flooring was laid throughout the ground floor enhancing the new spacious layout.

Light from the rear of the property was now able to fill the entire space. The supporting nibs for the enormous cranked steel were cleverly designed by Kevin to extend out exactly to the line of the cabinet fronts. The tall cabinets then nestled into place and the prominent side facias of these were hidden from view. This demonstrates how our designers always look at ways of turning structural necessities into features of the design.

The main run of units housing the hob and sink stand alone and rather than adding wall units to this run, a bespoke shelf was designed to accommodate the low rake of the vaulted ceiling. This was finished with tongue and groove panelling to compliment the island base beneath the breakfast bar. To complete this run, our clients chose a huge book matched marble splashback as the main feature of the kitchen. To the other side of the room, tall units nestled in behind the structural nib and a small run of bespoke base units cleverly disguised the washing machine and tumble dryer giving a totally streamline look. To the centre of the room is an island providing further storage and a breakfast bar.

Our client’s choice of furnishings for dining and soft seating areas complimented the design and colour choice of the units, marble and worktops making the whole space blend together perfectly. Meanwhile, the new open staircase, study and cloakroom complete this amazing transformation of the whole ground floor.


  • Kesseler – Lay on MDF Shaker fronts with inner bead factory sprayed to a flat matt lacquer finish in Farrow and Ball ‘Dimpse’ & ’Manor House Grey’. Any RAL colour or Farrow and Ball Options are available.
  • ‘White Swiss Larch’ 18mm MFC complete carcase
  • Archi-Tech glass sided metal drawer boxes with glass sided pan drawers in dark grey anthracite with solid oak inserts.
  • Grey mottled quartz worktops with a leathered surface finish
  • ‘Bianco Venato’ book-matched marble splashbacks
  • Jab ‘click’ laminate wood effect flooring
  • Polished Chrome knob and cup handles