Renovating a period property will inevitably present challenges if any of the original features are to be preserved. Ensuring that the finished design is in keeping with the character of the building means taking care not just to select appropriate materials but also to make the most of any existing features.
This was very much the case when the owners of a country farmhouse unearthed an old water well in the middle of what was to be the new kitchen floor. Rather than covering it over, the couple topped it with glass and made it into a focal feature of the newly-designed space. While the eye is naturally drawn to this area of the room, it also made the selection of other materials for elsewhere in the kitchen of even greater importance. CRL Quartz from CRL Stone was chosen for the work surfaces for many reasons, not least because this is a material that combines brilliantly with the glass-topped well, and fits seamlessly into this farmhouse-style property.
The kitchen remodel came about 15 years after the owners originally purchased the house, as a result of the couple’s requirements for the space evolving. Their goal was to create a light and airy, open-plan space for entertaining and socialising.
In terms of surfaces, CRL Stone offered several options for the couple to choose from once they had worked with their kitchen supplier to finalise an overall colour palette. “From very early in the building stage, we had begun to put together our colour palette,” homeowner Richard explains. “Whilst choosing the kitchen tones, several CRL Stone surfaces stood out as bringing together our mixture of colours, and when we saw the large slabs in person at the showroom, we fell in love with CRL Quartz Colorado.”
Longevity in kitchen design is essential; kitchen surfaces are one of the most-used fixtures in the home, so they should be able to withstand wear-and-tear and be long-lasting. A new kitchen is a big investment, so the surfaces chosen, whether for floors, walls, worktops or all three, should also offer longevity in terms of design. The CRL Stone collections offer this, with surfaces that respond to the latest design trends while boasting a timeless quality that ensures they won’t date too quickly or go out of fashion.
Stylish and hard-wearing in equal measure, CRL Quartz, an engineered quartz stone, is scratch-, heat- and stain-resistant. This is a surface that never needs to be sealed, unlike natural stones such as marble, and requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking as good as new. The non-porous surface is not only suitable for wet areas of the home such as the kitchen, but it also makes cleaning simple too, with soap and water or a mild detergent all that is needed.
Offering a versatile design solution appropriate for any setting, CRL Quartz is available in a wide choice of colours and thicknesses of 20 and 30mm.
CRL Quartz Colorado, chosen for the farmhouse kitchen revamp, features dark veins, soft brown flecks and white swirls that offer a sense of texture and style. Emulating the luxury look of real marble, Colorado is simple to maintain, making this the ideal surface for the couple’s new kitchen. As Richard comments: “Its moody patterning brought all the kitchen colours together and added a subtle touch of ‘bling’ with its sparkle flecks.”
With a keen cook in the family, plenty of worktop space and lots of storage were a priority in the newly-shaped kitchen, with Shaker-style doors and limestone porcelain tiles creating a warm, traditional farmhouse kitchen look that is suitable for modern-day living. With the water well taking centre stage, instead of a kitchen island, the couple opted for a breakfast bar in contrasting oak, which provides a connection with the adjacent dining area and ensures the chef is always part of the entertaining too.
Richard explains: “We love oak and the warmer tones of grey, so the kitchen was planned to incorporate both in the units. This blended with the oak interior of our windows and the green oak-frame room divider between the dining area and sitting room.
“We are over the moon with the whole remodel, we absolutely love it,” concludes Richard. “It’s given us everything we wanted. We are really pleased with our choice of colours, and the CRL Quartz surface brings everything together to create a beautiful space.”