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High-end Bespoke Kitchen, Boot & Utility – Buckinghamshire

Picture a sleepy Buckinghamshire village – quaint and leafy, with characterful period homes nestled around a compact village green. That’s where Lynn Palmer Architects were commissioned to reimagine a tumbledown thatched cottage, partnering with Langstaff-Ellis on the kitchen, utility and boot room.

Plumtree Cottage was recorded as a ‘Building of Note’ – not Listed but considered important in the setting of the conservation area – which meant any restoration project would have to be sensitive. Closer inspection, however, revealed that there was little that could be done to save the original building. The cottage had suffered fire damage in the 1940s and the roof was further structurally damaged by the addition of a dormer in the 1960s. Working closely with a heritage consultant, Lynn Palmer Architects were able to justify a demolition, with a promise to replace the building with something equally as characterful.

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Sticking closely to the original footprint, a brand new timber-framed thatched cottage with lime walls was built in its place, affording the opportunity to marry traditional countryside charm with high-end contemporary living.

A key aspect of modern living is the elevation of the kitchen from ‘back of house’ to ‘front of house’ – a space for living and entertaining – and Langstaff-Ellis’s creative design team relished the challenge of bringing that to life at Plumtree Cottage.

Bi-fold doors open up a whole wall of the kitchen to a sunny enclosed patio space that in turn connects the kitchen directly to the property’s newly added grand sitting room. Such a prominent and visible space demands cleaner lines than a traditional country kitchen, so Langstaff-Ellis created sharp white base cabinetry with chamfered finger pulls to keep the look smooth and elegant – which proved challenging on the sink run where artificial shadow lines were needed to mimic drawers. Surfaces are topped with luxurious Carrara marble effect stone quartz worktops. An adjoining utility and boot room keep clutter out of the main kitchen.

The whole space is balanced and warmed with floor to ceiling premium oak veneer cabinets at the rear, which echo the many oak details throughout the property. Hiding away some of the more unsightly elements of a busy kitchen – the refrigerator, freezer, coffee machines and toasters – these sleek and stylish doors incorporate clever push-to-open fastenings that give the illusion of a panelled wall.

We used specially pressed book-matched oak veneers to create a consistent grain pattern on the floor-to-ceiling cabinet doors,” explains Langstaff’s Head of Creative, Paul Everest, “without which the client would have had a patchwork of oak timber. These are the sort of considered touches that characterise a high-end bespoke kitchen, and naturally, the sort of quality you can expect from Langstaff-Ellis.

Hardwearing solid oak also elevates the kitchen island in the form of a sturdy L-shaped bar, resting on custom white-painted steel legs, and wrapped around an integrated L-shaped trough. Seamlessly sunk into the work surface, it’s ideal for filling with ice and a few bottles, or simply keeping a well watered kitchen garden close at hand.

Anchoring this kitchen in its country heritage is an electric AGA range cooker, slotting seamlessly into the design and providing a charming view from the garden. This, as architect Lynn Palmer says, is the beauty of this project – there are lovely vistas from every angle, details that draw the eye along, hold your attention, and intertwine modern and traditional.

It’s always such a pleasure to work with Langstaff-Ellis for this reason,” says Lynn Palmer. “They have a similar ethos and approach to design, and they really appreciate those fine details.”

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Bespoke Bedrooms and Dressing Room Oxfordshire

The Limes is a stunning Arts and Crafts era villa in Oxford, Oxfordshire. The house and grounds have recently been completely renovated, extended and modernised by award winning architects Anderson Orr who turned to Langstaff-Ellis to fulfil their exacting requirements for a unique and stunning interior.

The bedrooms and dressing rooms of this extensive commission are an exemplar of attention to detail.

Our bespoke dressing room and bedroom design included wardrobes, dressing tables and chests of drawers have a clean beaded design in a number of complementary styles ranging from integrated full height units to free standing wardrobes and chests.

Bespoke cabinetry in the bathrooms continue the theme of the upper floors with subtle grey beaded panels evoking the arts and crafts feel of the home.

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High-end Kitchens for Prestige Development – New Buildings – Oxfordshire

Located in the heart of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, Laureate Gardens is a high-end prestige development of 34 contemporary and historic homes aimed at over 55’s based around the Grade II listed workhouse dating from 1790.

Langstaff Ellis created unique designs for each kitchen in the development and, as some of the homes were sold off-plan, we later created fully customised designs for six of the buyers.

Each building presented challenges for the kitchen designers with very high specifications demanded by the developers and each home having its own unique dimensions.

The modern new build apartments accommodate a minimalist modern design, taking into account the ergonomics of the spaces and the demographic of the residents.

Created to be liveable and used, the kitchens incorporate subtle under pelmet lighting, integrated fridge freezers, integrated waste systems, boiling water taps, oven stacks, spacious larder units and Bora down draught hobs in the islands.

For a complete case study about our work at Laureate Gardens please click on this link: Laureate Gardens

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Luxury Library Oxfordshire

Langstaff-Ellis furniture and interiors feature throughout this Oxfordshire home, recently completely renovated, extended and modernised by award-winning architects Anderson Orr – but let’s take a closer look at the stunning bespoke library which is home to the client’s comprehensive collection of literature and poetry, and was made to Anderson Orr’s exacting specification.

Full height shelving and base cabinets are created from solid oak with oak veneer. There are some elegant, truly bespoke details in this room, such as a slide-out shelf on which to rest books for casual browsing, and industrial style Armac Martin brass handles give the cabinet drawers a contemporary finish.

But most striking of all is the unique doorway; within the deep door lining we have engraved quotes from the client’s favourite poets, including T.S. Elliot, Seamus Heaney and Emily Dickinson. Picked out in gold lacquer the quotes provide an insight into the client’s thinking and an impressive entranceway to the library.

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While Langstaff-Ellis specialises in fine fitted furniture, commissions occasionally require bespoke freestanding pieces to complete the design.

Traditional and contemporary stying are seamlessly blended in these sharp designs.

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Stunning Chelsea Home – London

This exciting collaboration with luxury interior architects April Hamilton, has created a beautiful interior in a stunning London (Chelsea) townhouse.

Like Langstaff-Ellis, April Hamilton approach every new project with passion, enthusiasm and excitement, which is why we are always thrilled to work with their amazing creative team.

In this example, while April Hamilton reengineered the interior, removing walls and reimagining spaces, the Langstaff-Ellis team designed furniture solutions that perfectly enhance this luxury home.

The full height bookcase was created for the lounge and finished in the same subtle grey as the surrounding walls. As with all of our designs we created a fully rendered 3D design that was in this case signed off by the April Hamilton interiors team prior to the build.

One of the major benefits of the way we work is the ease with which bespoke pieces of furniture can be created from scratch. In this case, the challenge was to conceal a radiator beneath the cabinet without impairing its effectiveness, our solution was to design discreet ventilating louvre doors that look good and blend in as an integral piece of the overall design.

The corresponding cabinet in the roof terrace office and lounge is clearly part of the same family but has been altered to accommodate a built-in desk where the integrated TV previously sat.

Each of the cabinets is enhanced with subtle lighting cleverly fitted within routered grooves within the shelving, and all wiring neatly concealed from view. The lighting picks out the contrasting dark blue back panel of the cabinet, creating a pleasing piece just as April Hamilton envisaged.

A further striking feature are the sliding mirrored doors fitted to replace a wall between the guest bedroom and newly created dressing room.

The challenge most cabinetmakers face is with the weight of the mirror, which creates extra stress on the joinery. Our sophisticated software means that we can test and model the design prior to building the door, including testing all the stresses, knowing the completed piece will work perfectly and will maintain its integrity over time. It also looks stunning especially with the neatly bevelled edge bringing a softer tactile level of detail.

Our collaboration with April Hamilton means that all the joinery in this beautiful London townhouse is finished to an exacting level of detail, creating a home that is both luxurious and comfortable.






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This beautiful architecturally inspired prestige kitchen features sweeping worksurfaces and extensive walnut cabinetry bringing a softer contrast to the pale minimalist surfaces.

This high-end contemporary kitchen design is deceptive in its simplicity, the beauty of the detailed Walnut Sap-Wood cabinetry hiding the complexity of the internal design and the modernity and size of premium appliances.

The walnut contrasts strikingly with the sweeping lines of the two impressive worktops, each cut in one piece in premium quality Unistone Cendre Velluto quartz. Within the sink unit rests a custom stone sink from the same material set off by aged brass fittings, lending tactile contrast to the finish.

On the opposing wall we have created a breakfast bar cabinet boasting the same quartz surfaces and bespoke sink, cleverly concealed behind subtle bi-fold doors.

Dominating the room is a large island containing a top of the range Bora Professional Hob, its stylish controls integrated into the woodwork below.

On the end wall hidden behind a simple door in keeping with the minimalist design, is a premium quality Gaggeneau 400 series fridge freezer and larder unit, this sits adjacent to a large top of the range Wolf oven and our own custom made spice racks.

The simple look of the kitchen with its striking wood and contrasting plain surfaces conceals a host of functionality within a truly stunning space.

Subtle design continues into two bathrooms.

Above the bespoke sink unit in bathroom one are matching gunmetal framed mirrors sitting flush with the wall, however, these aren’t just mirrors but the doors to large cabinets engineered to an exacting degree by Langstaff-Ellis into the wall itself.

The sink unit below is also completely bespoke, with paired sinks crafted from Silver Shadow marble.

In contrast the sink cabinet in the second bathroom is colour matched to the pale pink walls using a specialist Tadelakt Moroccan render. Again, there is a flush mirror cabinet set into the wall, this time with an unfinished brass frame offsetting the antique brass of the tap.

The full story of this stunning minimalist project can be found in the Project Case Study.

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Luxury Dressing & Boot Rooms, Cotswolds

Our client renovated a beautiful Manor House close to Stow-on-the-Wold deep in the Cotswold Hills and having seen our plans for the kitchen asked Langstaff-Ellis to create room enhancing cabinetry for other parts of the house.

Just off the main bedroom, we created a functional yet beautifully realised dressing room. Encompassing one whole wall is a run of custom-made panelled floor to ceiling height fitted wardrobes containing automated internal lighting and lacquered veneer shelving.

The centre of the room is dominated by an impressive island unit. This statement piece of glass-topped bespoke furniture measures 2.3m x 1.4m and provides copious storage within its 18 precision finished oak drawers.

While the finished piece of furniture is perfect, the installation took patience and dedication due to the very uneven nature of the original floorboards. Anyone with a keen eye will see in the image below how we’ve cleverly adjusted the height of the plinth to accommodate the slope of the floor.

Downstairs our finely detailed Boot Room is an elegant solution for storage and cleaning.

Following the Shaker design of the kitchen, the ceiling-height cabinets allow outdoor boots and clothing to be stored, with graceful oak shelving and large wicker baskets providing easy access for everyday items. Butt-hinges are used throughout with pewter handles offering a traditional feel to cupboard doors

To make life easier for pulling boots on and off we designed a bespoke bench to run along one wall, finished with an oak seat and v-groove back. In keeping with the historic nature of the Manor House the whole room is finished with moulded skirting including the bench’s plinth.

Completing the room is a deep polished concrete double sink with aged brass mixer tap.

It is always a joy helping to bring a historic building back to life, and while they bring their challenges they are amongst the most satisfying of the projects we work on.


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Bespoke Country Kitchen, Cotswolds

This high-end, bespoke kitchen was created for a newly renovated manor house in the Cotswolds, close to Stow-on-the-Wold.

The beauty of this kitchen is not just in the major pieces of furniture, the impressive island with slatted vegetable drawers or the generous larder, but in the hand-finished details exhibited by every cupboard and shelf.

Beautifully tactile solid oak shelving and wrap around oak interior cupboards exhibit this perfectly, being finished to draw the eye to the natural texture and grain of the wood.

The oak continues with solid oak worktops, drawer fronts and spice rack and again the detailing catches the eye with unfinished brass hinges on all the doors, designed to age and naturally weather down the years.

Yet it is the island that dominates the room, floating above the stone floor and covered in one huge Quartz CRL Verona worktop. With a plethora of storage space, including the attractive handleless vegetable drawers, a large breakfast area and the downdraft Bora Hobb, the island is at the very heart of this relaxed kitchen.

The pleasure to be found in this seemingly simple design is in the quality of the cabinetry and the forethought that has gone into the small details.

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Luxurious Classic Kitchen, Sunningdale

A  prestigious project involving high-end designers from around the country, Hills End is a complete example of what can be achieved with flair and imagination in a classic setting.

The completed house was short-listed for an international design and architecture award due to its high standard of finish and specification.

The project featured the highest quality Langstaff-Ellis cabinetry, a Lacanche range oven, Sub Zero wine coolers and Calacatta marble countertops.

Due to its exceptional quality of design and build Hills End was featured in the prestigious international design and interiors magazine Design Et Al.

Talking specifically about the kitchen the feature highlighted the craftsmanship of our work:

“The kitchen is at the heart of the property…Langstaff-Ellis combined traditional style with Rock Maple raised and fielded doors throughout the kitchen’s cabinetry, flanked by feature antiqued mirrored doors with fretwork overlay detailing. Black American Walnut veneer was added to all internal cabinetry, complemented with Solid Black American Walnut dovetailed drawer boxes throughout. The kitchen’s design echoes that of the rest of the property timeless luxury blended with modernity, a home that a family you could truly enjoy.”

You can read the full article about the Hills End House in Design Et Al 

Hills End is one of the many prestige projects we are proud to be part of. To involve us in creating a high-end kitchen for your luxury home please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.