It took an act of faith to imagine that Cat Hill Barn could ever be a family home, especially as the structurally unsafe Grade II listed building didn’t even have planning permission when its current owners bought it in June 2009. With perseverance they obtained the necessary clearance, and working with their chosen firm of architects they have created an inspiring space that recently won two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
With two active boys and a toddler, one of the owners’ requirements was to create a snug area for the kids at one end of the barn with a kitchen and living area at the other. The arrangement works perfectly, giving the boys a space with a pool table where they can play while the family comes together in the kitchen at mealtimes. Sunday lunches regularly draw 10 or more hungry relatives and guests to the large dining table. Poggenpohl Leeds designed the kitchen space from an initial brief by the owners. They had created a moodboard of the colours, textures and materials they liked. Proportions, materials and finishes were critically important to the success of the scheme. The owners wanted a kitchen that blended into its surroundings and didn’t shout too loudly. They chose +MODO, with its distinctive display drawers beneath the worktop, to create a sense of openness and informality. The couple did shop around but as soon as they saw the kitchen in the Poggenpohl showroom they knew nstinctively this was the one.