As Hollie and Jacob were deciding what to have in their dream kitchen, their thoughts turned to drink. Jacob, a coffee connoisseur, wanted a barista bar where he could get a daily hit of his favourite beverage.
The owners: Hollie Butterfield, director
of a property company, and husband Jacob Butterfield, a professional footballer, live here with their three dogs, Coco, the pug, Louis, the French bulldog, and Hugo, the Chihuahua
The property: A four-bedroom detached house in Bardsey, Yorkshire
Total project cost: £103,900
Meanwhile, Hollie, mindful of the amount of entertaining they both like to do, wanted a cocktail bar, with light-up shelves that illuminate the bottles, plus a Champagne sink to keep bottles of bubbly nicely chilled.
Knocking a wall out and extending the kitchen to the side has given Jacob and Hollie plenty of room to introduce everything they wanted. Family and guests
can circulate round the generous dining table and breakfast bar, while glass doors at the end can be thrown open for summer barbeques.
It’s quite a contrast to how the kitchen was when the couple bought the house in the Yorkshire village of Bardsey, three-and-a-half years ago.
Building costs: £40,000
Decoration and furniture: £8,500
Glass corner and feature kitchen window: £8,400
Professional fees (architect & planning fees): £2,000
They were drawn to the unique look of the property, which was self-built by the previous owner and completed in 2010. ‘We liked the layout and that it had a lot of double-height rooms,’ recalls Hollie. 'But we knew that kitchen wasn’t making the most out of the space and that was something we’d want to change.’
The house already had planning permission for a double-storey extension on the opposite side to the kitchen. ‘Our idea was do the the smaller extension first, to see how I coped with all the mess and disruption,’ says Hollie. ‘We applied for separate planning permission for the kitchen, with our architects helping us through the process.’
Jacob’s coffee station fits neatly beneath the extension’s sloped ceiling. The colour of the Symphony Linear kitchen units, from MKM Building Supplies, was chosen to work with the anthracite of the windows
The couple contacted architects Wildblood MacDonald, who’d designed the house, to help with the new addition. ‘We knew it was one of their houses when we bought it – it was one of the selling points,’ she says.
‘Everything they do is really unique as they include lots of glazing and make things quite open. It was their idea for the glass corner and the feature window above the sink.’
Hollie and Jacob chose to have a bank of ovens, fridges and wine coolers on
the back wall, contrasting with the lighter coloured units of the breakfast bar. Ovens, coffee machine and dishwasher, Neff. Fridge and wine coolers, Caple. Hob and downdraft extractor, AEG. Bar stools, Homesense.
The architects recommended a builder, Richard Whitfield Building & Joinery. However, when it came to the kitchen, Hollie turned to family.
‘My dad, David Dixon, is a kitchen designer for MKM Building Supplies, so he had a lot of influence, she says. ‘We sat down with him and shared our ideas, and he had lots as well – then he designed it.’
The original kitchen, which was in browns and creams with thick Silestone worktops, wasn’t to Hollie and Jacob’s taste. ‘Our builder at the time said to get rid of it. But it was only four years’ old and you could tell it was a good-quality kitchen, so I listed it for sale on Gumtree,’ she says.
‘We managed to sell it for about £4,000, which went straight back into the pot to spend on our new kitchen.’
The couple wanted their new design to work with the anthracite windows in the house. ‘We knew we wanted to go with dark floors and darker grey colours,’ adds Hollie. ‘We also liked handleless units, quite sleek, and thin worktops.’ Eventually they chose a Symphony kitchen from its Linear collection.
Work started on the extension in May 2015 and was finished by the September. While it was going on, they set up a temporary kitchen in the utility room.
‘We ate out a lot and I put on half a stone during that period,’ laughs Hollie. ‘The dust got everywhere- I said we definitely won’t be doing the double-storey extension now, but, as with everything, you forget how difficult it was once it’s done!’
‘I like everything to be organised inside the drawers, so we went to town on the things you don’t really see,’ says Hollie. ‘Behind every door there is something in there that is a kind of gadget or a storage solution.’
Inserts keep things organised in the deep drawers. Breakfast bar, bespoke PVC-edged laminate from Laminates Ltd
Another favourite aspect is all the extra glazing. ‘It’s so light in here now,’ says Hollie. ‘In summer there’s a blossom tree outside the window which you couldn’t see before. We’ve also made a reading nook in the corner with some armchairs; it’s nice just to sit there and look out over the garden. I’m so glad we opened it up. It just gives wonderful views.’