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Kitchen of the Week: A Proper English Kitchen with New England-Inspired Shiplap Paneling

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Kitchen of the Week: A Proper English Kitchen with New England-Inspired Shiplap Paneling

May 4, 2017

“I had a vision as soon as I walked in,” says Sally, the owner of this southwest London kitchen. It’s located in what had been a seen-better-days Edwardian house and promptly after purchasing the place, Sally and her husband, Greg, acted on her plan: They hired a contractor and took down the wall between the sitting room and kitchen. “After knocking two rooms into one, we laid a polished concrete floor, paneled the whole room, and put in a British Standard kitchen.”

Sally, a teacher, mother of two, and “aspiring, soon-to-be interior designer,” notes that she bucked the trend of moving the kitchen to the back and adding an extension out to the garden: “Rather than having a space in the front that feels redundant, I wanted the whole house to be used,” she tells us. “We preserved our lovely sitting room, which opens to the garden, and gained a kitchen so spacious I can have a dog charging round and two boys playing football behind me while I’m making dinner, and it doesn’t feel cramped.”

Photography courtesy of British Standard.

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Above: The idea for the shiplap paneling came from across the pond: “I was inspired by the houses on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and elsewhere in New England,” Sally tells us.

Do you know the difference between shiplap, beadboard, and V-groove paneling? Learn the answer in Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide..

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Above: The British Standard setup includes (from left) an open tray space, a single under-sink cabinet, an integrated dishwasher door, a drop-down bin, and a trio of pan drawers. They’re painted in Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone.
The range is a classic Aga cooker—yes, they’re available in the United States, see Design Sleuth. As for the surprise tubular metal vent over the range, it was designed by Greg and assembled from ducting: “Behind the center of the Aga is exactly where we took down the wall, and because of the remaining steel nub, we couldn’t have a conventional extractor fan, nor did we want one,” says Sally. “It’s nice to have an industrial touch in a timeless kitchen.”

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Above: The butler sink, iroko countertop, and patinated brass pulls are also British Standard components. The copper piping faucet is another homemade project purchased on eBay: To create your own, see 10 DIY Faucets Made from Plumbing Parts.
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Above: Glass-paneled double doors (which lead out to the yard) and the use of shelves in lieu of overhead cabinets keep the space feeling open and airy.

Another American inspiration: the pot-filler faucet over the range. Learn why it’s the ultimate kitchen luxury in 10 Easy Pieces: Pot Filler Faucets.

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Above: A large side-by-side fridge and freezer stands in the corner next to a British Standard tall wooden cabinet painted Farrow &  Ball Railings. Seating options at the dining table include a pair of Ercol Stacking Chairs.
The couple liked the shiplap so much that they proceeded to panel all but one room in the house. Here, it’s made of MDF spray-painted in Farrow & Ball Strong White. “Our carpenter completely understood what I wanted and worked tirelessly; he didn’t stop,” says Sally.

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Above: The front of the room, with its large bay window, serves as a hangout area with a desk slotted on one side.

Take a look at shiplap paneling in another of our favorite kitchens, A Streamlined Cape Cod Classic, and see more applications in Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap.

Intrigued by British Standard? Here are three more examples:

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