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Natural Oak and Soft Daylight Define This Kitchen Renovation

<div class="caption"> A built-in oak banquette cleverly incorporates extra storage space. </div> <cite class="credit">FRENCH+TYE</cite>

A built-in oak banquette cleverly incorporates extra storage space.

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In the United Kingdom, the term “mullet architecture” describes homes that appear traditional from the front and feature a modern extension in the back. This common occurrence is a result of strict conservation laws that aim to maintain the historical street view while allowing residents to renovate behind the facade. Local architects like George Bradley, director of London-based studio Bradley Van Der Straeten and host of Another Architecture Podcast, are all too familiar with these complicated rules. In order to update a typical Victorian terrace house, he and his team had to navigate an endless list of codes.

The objective was to produce a spacious, light-filled kitchen without raising the low ceiling or exceeding height constraints on the boundary with the neighbor. To accomplish this, George imagined a sloped glass roof to top the side extension. On the interior, a curved edge ramps up to the skylight to maximize volume and northern sun exposure, creating an airy room infused with soothing, soft daylight.

The clients also requested trendless finishes, so a classic, monochromatic wood look was the obvious choice. Custom cabinet fronts with recessed, half-moon-shaped handles were crafted from natural oak. The same species was sourced for the built-in banquette, wall paneling, and engineered floors. With a clear connection to the garden beyond, a serene, organic feel was achieved.

Location: “London is a city made up of a conglomeration of little villages, and Crouch End is one of the nicest ones,” George explains. “It’s further out of the city, but it’s on a hill, so it’s got good air and good views. Generally, the properties are generous there. It’s a nice, family-oriented neighborhood.”

<div class="caption"> The kitchen before lacked light and space. </div>

The kitchen before lacked light and space.

The before: With low ceilings and pale yellow, Shaker-style cabinets,

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Should You Be Choosing Oak Bathroom Furniture For Your Home?

When it comes to choosing your bathroom furniture, choosing the right material is not an easy task. You look at all the different material options available from MDF finished with a gloss to the natural look of wood. If you choose wood, then is oak the right choice based on your overall bathroom design?

Here are a few advantages of choosing oak bathroom furniture, which may help you make up your mind and help you complete your bathroom design to your unique style requirements.

The first thing you need to bear in mind when choosing oak bathroom furniture is that it is a completely classic look. Wood has been used for bathroom furniture for centuries and whether you have a traditional or a modern bathroom design, you will find that when choosing wood, oak is the best choice to provide you with the versatility that you need.

Another reason to choose oak bathroom furniture is that it is completely natural. Wood is a natural product that brings that natural finish to any bathroom design. Ensure when making your selection that you choose an excellent quality oak veneer or solid wood cabinet, so that you get the natural finish that you are looking to achieve.

If you are looking for some character that you can blend into your bathroom design, then wood is definitely the right choice for you. Wood, especially oak, is very characterful. This particular wood species offers its own unique grain and knots, which makes it very natural, classic and rich in character which can enhance your bathroom design with ease and confidence.

Look at the overall finish of your bathroom design before deciding to add any wood to the space. Do you have a light and bright bathroom with ample natural light? Do you have a smaller, …

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