New Forest Kitchen

Winner of the Ideal Home Kitchen Awards 2023, this kitchen is set in the Clay Retreat, a newly built, low-carbon, family home located in the New Forest and designed by local architects PAD Studio. One of our first challenges was incorporating enough storage for the family, whilst keeping the number of cupboards to a minimum so we designed tall cabinetry on one side that incorporates their coffee kit and a larder to house the families consumables. With all appliances on the back run there’s a generous worktop area for food prep on the island, PAD had a vision for this custom piece that includes waterfall edged Caesarstone worktops. Palette-wise, this space is all about soft, tactile, and natural finishes. PAD’s interior scheme includes clay render walls, timber battening, a balustrade hand wrapped in sisal rope and a poured concrete floor. We worked closely with the homeowner to select the cabinetry colours with Ritzy echoing the warm walls and the London Plane adding a texture thanks to the speckled grain of the wood.
Photographer: Malcolm Menzies