Kitchen of the Week: North Meets South in a Transformed Normandy House

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When Sophia Goigoux-Becker’s purchasers approached her to remodel their newly acquired Normandy property La Pie (The Magpie) into a big household residence, one of many major issues was the place to create their superb kitchen and front room. Gentle was a particular precedence, together with the need for area and conviviality, because the couple enjoys cooking and entertaining pals. Dividing their time between Paris and Normandy, the household of 4 had been dwelling in the identical village for over ten years, and one of many mother and father had been holidaying there since childhood. Studio Becker‘s ground-floor renovation wanted to respect the house owners’ attachment to the area and their love of the panorama and native supplies, all whereas brightening up a few of the northern grayness with a heat palette from the south.

Initially La Pie had been a house for senior residents, then partially transformed into a vacation cottage destined to accommodate two occupancies in separate wings. By becoming a member of these collectively, Becker was in a position to convert the property for single-family use. Step one was to demolish two concrete outbuildings in an effort to create a beneficiant reception space, full with new facade, opening onto a bigger backyard. This enabled a rejig of the bottom ground structure with the creation of a spacious kitchen, scullery, lounge, laundry room, toilet, and workplace.

Let’s have a more in-depth have a look at the newly accomplished kitchen and reception/lounge space:

Pictures courtesy of Studio Becker.

formerly a small reading room separated from the main house by a partition, thi 14
Above: Previously a small studying room separated from the primary home by a partition, this area was opened as much as accommodate a bigger, brighter walk-through kitchen adjoining to the reception/lounge. It enjoys a view of the entrance backyard and a subject and presents quick access to the skin eating space by a glass door.

To heat up the environment, the prevailing sandstone ground was painted with Slaked Lime by Little Greene, and the custom-made cabinets have been painted with Argile’s Sienne Calcinee, recalling the Sienne river close by.

the new kitchen had to be created from scratch. the general idea was to keep it 15
Above: The brand new kitchen needed to be created from scratch. The final thought was to maintain it gentle and ethereal with the feel and appear of a small eating room. The round-ended cupboards have been {custom} made to depart some respiratory area between the kitchen and the window. A number of handpicked works by native creatives are given pleasure of place on an extended shelf above the worktop. Specifically, pictures by Marie-Pierre Morel sit alongside modern ceramics by Cecile Vazeille.

Becker opted for an extended line of worktops alongside the widest wall to depart extra room to flow into, and in addition to cover as many home equipment as attainable. Espresso machines, toasters, kettles, and the like are tucked away in kitchen cupboards underneath a bespoke area of interest; the fridge is hidden underneath the staircase, the entry to which is hid by a secret door; and the oven has been positioned within the least seen a part of the room.

under the staircase, a bespoke niche with a worktop made from viscont grey gran 16
Above: Underneath the staircase, a bespoke area of interest with a worktop constructed from Viscont Gray granite from Spadaccini is embellished with private objects, whereas the cabinets under preserve on a regular basis kitchen home equipment out of sight however inside attain. The outdated gold cabinet handles have been sourced at Quincaillerie.

thanks to the creation of a zenithal skylight, the new living space, made from  17
Above: Due to the creation of a zenithal skylight, the brand new dwelling area, constructed from two smaller rooms, is brilliant and welcoming. Comprising a bar space for entertaining with a scullery and a lounge space with a generous-sized masonry bench near the window, it was designed to take advantage of the view of the backyard. A small area of interest with ceramics and lightweight wooden bar stools and wicker chairs add to the relaxed vibe.

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