The bespoke kitchen of Rob and Armelle Lamont successfully blends traditional architecture and furniture design with 21st-century styling and lifestyle requirements.
When Rob and Armelle Lamont found their Fulham-based Victorian terraced home, it was in need of a complete renovation. This would have put most people off, however, Armelle is an experienced interior designer and could visualise the property’s potential as the perfect family home.
“The fact that it had been untouched over the years was a positive bonus,” comments Armelle, “it meant I could work with a blank canvas rather than have to work with years of DIY adaptions and unsympathetic extensions that mar so many Victorian terraces.”
Armelle, through her interior design connections, knew of Heaven & Stubbs; a bespoke furniture maker that, with its sister company UJ Developments, offers a full building, kitchen design and project management service.
Stuart Heaven worked closely with Armelle to design and build a single-storey extension to the rear of the property, which almost doubled the size of the existing kitchen space.
The extension, in matching brick, has a contemporary flavour with its flat roof design and full width bi-folding doors. The integrated, glazed roof panels and fully glazed doors allow light to flood into the home as well as extending the living space out on to a decked sun terrace. “When the doors are fully open we have an almost alfresco experience while dining and socialising with family and friends,” says Armelle.
Choosing a bespoke design company meant Armelle’s furniture concepts and unique design touches could be brought to life, and that custom-sized cabinetry, perfectly in keeping with the architectural proportions of the property, could be produced. “From experience, I knew an ‘off the shelf’ furniture solution wouldn’t work; Heaven & Stubbs achieved everything I required,” explains Armelle.
Kitchen design by Howard Stubbs, co-founder of Heaven & Stubbs, including solid timber cabinetry painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, and Arabascato marble worktops and upstand heavenandstubbs.com
Building works by UJ Developments ujdevelopments.co.uk
Smeg SF372X integrated oven x2 smeguk.com
Neff T41 B3OX2 induction hob, S51M53X1GB dishwasher neff.co.uk
Fisher & Paykel RF540LDUSX4 ActiveSmart French door fridge freezer fisherpaykel.com
Astini ‘Belfast’ 100 single-bowl sink astini.co.uk
Abode ‘Ludlow’ bridge tap in antique brass abode.eu
Armac Martin solid brass handles martin.co.uk
Photography by: Kieron Nevison