When I learned deVOL won a Kitchen Design of the Year Award within the category of kitchens under £25K ($32K), I thought maybe there was a typo. Wait one minute there. A bespoke kitchen from deVOL came together for less than £25K? I had to know more. Yet seeing images of the space only baffled me more. Today, we’ll revisit an amazing English country kitchen addition at a beautiful artisan’s cottage in Bath, England. We’ll also peek at more deVOL kitchens to inspire ideas for our own projects. If you admire kitchens rich in character and timeless design, you’ll appreciate How to Design a Stunning English Country Kitchen on a Budget.
Above: What an amazing deVOL kitchen design for a couple in Bath who added an addition to a lovely artisan’s cottage!
How to Design a Stunning English Country Kitchen on a Budget?
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’ll never be insane enough to reduce any kitchen design to a dozen easy steps. Gurl, pleez. Instead, visual imagery and guiding principles gleaned from successful designs will spark your creativity and provide a springboard for planning.
So how was this dreamy award-winning custom kitchen achieved with budget in mind?
“deVOL isn’t about being super fancy and unaffordable, it is about beautifully crafted furniture, designed and handmade in England. It is about simplicity and authentic style, natural materials and a desire to champion artisans and creative folk, whether it’s cupboards, ceramics, metalware or the beautiful rooms and imagery we create.” – Collette Black of deVOL
Budget Savers for a Bespoke English Kitchen
1. It appears these homeowners opted for base cabinets only…doing so significantly reduced the cabinetry budget.
2. When the square footage for the space remains relatively small, the budget can too.
3. Open shelving is extremely friendly-priced when compared to cupboards…an added bonus is how they contribute a more bespoke and unfussy country look.
4. Concrete countertops typically cost less than granite or stone and can impart a rustic industrial-influenced edgy quality.
5. English country kitchens (and traditional kitchens from past eras) are often unfitted–a quality uncommon to contemporary American kitchen designs which frequently entail uninterrupted lines of wall to wall cabinetry. Antique or vintage cupboards, hutches, or armoires may be repurposed to both cut down on costs and also achieve an authentically charming unfitted look.
6. Notice the simplicity of the pot rack above the range? Something similar can be created with ordinary, inexpensive plumbing pipe hardware available at big box stores.
7. Since each piece of deVOL’s custom cabinetry, hardware, sinks, and lighting may be purchased individually, even small kitchen design budgets can be accommodated.
8. The innovative owners of this home were very clever about upcycling materials. If you’re willing to invest time, energy and thought into re-using, recycling, and re-purposing, the savings can be significant.
I love that graphic print with quote above and may order one I spotted HERE.
Isn’t the stone (called Bath stone) gorgeous with deVOL’s English beech cabinetry (Sebastian Cox style), industrial lighting, and concrete countertops as well as Crittal style windows and doors?
deVOL in the USA
If you’re a fan of deVOL, you may have heard they now have a presence in the USA! Yep. I’m dying to visit to view the work in person.
Shaker Kitchen in deVOL’s Cotes Mill Showroom
BTW. Find your resident design freak (that’s me) here – in typical form, forever happily collecting ideas for “the next kitchen.”
If you too relish gathering ideas and inspiration for future dreamy kitchens, do visit my kitchen Pinterest board to repin your favs and get ready to be inspired!
More Bespoke English Country Kitchen Design Inspiration from deVOL
See more of this Cotes Mill kitchen (above) in the BEYOND LOVELY video below!!!
Ideas for Rustic European Country Ingredients
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