‘Our kitchen feels like part of the garden’

Glass bi-fold doors connected Kelly Skipper’s kitchen with her outside space.

When they bought their West Kensington town house in 2007, Kelly Skipper and Geoff Harris inherited a poky 1960s basement kitchen that was in desperate need of a revamp. ‘It had a separate dining room and storage room, so we wanted to open it up into one big space and fit glass doors to allow light in, as it was very dark. And we wanted the garden to feel like part of the kitchen in summer.’ The couple found a company to do the work, then set a budget for the kitchen and visited showrooms. ‘We chose Bulthaup because we felt it had the edge,’ says Geoff. ‘The style is very streamlined and contemporary, which we love, but also a bit quirky and very us.’ 

How we did it

We knew we wanted a kitchen island, as we liked the idea of being able to cook and chat to guests at the same time. At Bulthaup, they really helped by asking lots of questions, such as, ‘Where do you want your pan drawers?’ and ‘Are either of you left-handed?’ The biggest decision was the flooring. We searched for ages before finding the amazing large-format polished concrete tiles. The flooring was our blow-the-budget purchase, but we saved money elsewhere in the house. The work took six weeks in total and installing the kitchen cost £3,238, plus we spent another £2,000 on decorating it.