We’ve been commissioned to design and make a kitchen for a client in a Victorian freestanding style using only reclaimed materials. My dream job really.
The client is exactly the kind of person I long to work with as she shares the same vision as us and is also very keen to use anything they have salvaged from the building work they are currently doing to their house, i.e. using the Victorian pine floorboards to make the new doorframes. Sustainability at its finest!
Whilst we are still in the design and planning stage, we’ve been on the hunt for a National Trust or English Heritage property with a Victorian kitchen to gather inspiration from (that’s our excuse), but at this time of year all the houses are closed until the springtime. Roll on the good weather.
But it’s a given that we are making a Victorian style sink stand to house a beautiful stone sink that her husband picked up in a skip (always worth a nose around in when you see one sitting outside someone’s house), a dresser top to go with the gorgeous dresser base she already has, drawers and open shelves to go next to her range cooker, butt and bead ledge and brace larder doors, and shelves over the windows to display her collection of jugs and earthenware.
Reclaimed timber is totally perfect for a job like this as the new furniture we are making needs to look as though it’s been in her house since it was built in 1893. You could get this aged effect with new timber, but by using an awful lot of elbow grease to create the holes, scuffs, unevenness and beautiful character you naturally find in reclaimed timber. So, why wouldn’t you opt for the simpler route and choose reclaimed to start with…what are your thoughts on reclaimed vs new timber on a job like this?