The Gleesons

This expansive project began as a discussion about creating a bespoke kitchen as part of a project to rework the conservatory area of this lovely 1930’s semi, situated in a conservation area within suburban Manchester. As the conversation with our director unfolded, the client decided to run with Jim’s suggestion of demolishing the conservatory and extending the property instead. This would allow for a larger opening into the extended space, while also making possible an open connection to the adjoining lounge and an almost seamless integration between the interior and exterior space. These clients are keen gardeners, and the changes allowed this space to connect to its wonderful walled garden exterior so much more successfully than before.

Wood & Wire were enlisted to design and manufacture furniture for the lounge, kitchen, diner and utility space. Starting in the L-shaped bespoke kitchen and diner, which leads at its corner into the utility, the space was large enough to accommodate an island unit featuring a breakfast bar with seating for three, open shelving at the dining end, an integrated under-counter freezer and a three-door base unit. This forms the core of the kitchen plan. Surrounding it, on the main wall is an induction hob with gas wok burner add-on, sitting alongside a stainless steel under-mounted double sink with matching tap. A single-door unit, three-drawer base, dishwasher, double-door under sink and a final single-door unit all sit beneath them. Above this configuration sits an integrated extractor fan within a bank of open shelving units. 

As this stunning bepoke kitchen leads into the utility area, a wall of full-height larder units containing a tall fridge, pull-out larder and double oven sits quietly beside open shelving. These shelves display a much-loved collection of plates and wrap around the corner into a small nook, holding vinyl and cookbooks close to hand. The utility makes full use of every awkward corner, nook and cranny, which really brings to life the benefits of a bespoke kitchen. As the washer and dryer are stacked into one corner, above the external door sits a sliding-door cupboard. In the other corner, a sink with under-cupboard storage sees its worktop wrap narrowly around the wall, providing a small working area above the surface and space below for feeding animal friends and recycling. 

Kitchen Cabinets   -  Birch Plywood    |    Worktop  -  Corian Glacier White | Kitchen Doors and Drawers  -  Formica Infinity Matte Finish Yellow F7904 / Polyrey Petrol Blue B125 / Polaris 2902 Laminate    |    Appliances  -  Siemens