<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
13 ISSUES FOR £24 Subscribe to Cotswold Life today click here

Zoned to perfection

PUBLISHED: 16:13 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:13 24 October 2016

Bower Willis Designs

Bower Willis Designs


How one family’s individual needs have created a bespoke kitchen design that balances the requirements of cook, host and busy home life.

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

Bright, natural light. Space to cook, relax and entertain. Helen and Nigel Millington had a pretty clear vision of their dream house with the perfect family kitchen.

When they fell in love with a beautiful 18th century cottage in South East Warwickshire, they knew that even though it provided much of what they wanted they would have to implement a couple of tweaks to create the dream home they always wanted.

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

By extending the rear of the property, they have achieved a beautiful juxtaposition of a 250 year old cottage and the bright, spacious bespoke kitchen they had always dreamed of.

“We wanted a really social party kitchen that also worked as a professional catering space,” says Helen. “We enjoy having friends over for dinner, and have a busy family life too. So I think space and light is what we wanted most. The old kitchen was so small and dark and there was no work space or storage so everything was out all the time”.

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

For the family kitchen to work on all accounts, careful zoning was key. Four carefully defined areas allow chef, family and guests to enjoy the kitchen equally without getting in each other’s way. The fridge is centrally located, for everyone to reach without crossing paths.

The preparation area is situated beneath the flood of light that descends from the ceiling atrium window, and with a dedicated prep sink and easy access to the oven and hob, there is plenty of working space and cavernous storage ensuring everything is close at hand.

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

The wet zone houses the dishwasher and sink, providing an area for dirty dishes to be placed out of sight of the dining area.

Along the entire end wall is the breakfast and drinks zone with coffee machine and toaster balanced by the wine fridge and drinks area either side of the American fridge-freezer, where varying levels and contrasting materials create design interest.

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

To get the best results from their new kitchen, they enlisted the help of Angela Bower, of Shipston-on-Stour based Bower Willis Designs Ltd.

Design technology played an invaluable role in the bespoke design process. Angela used CAD to mock up what the space would look like. “It was amazing,” Helen enthuses. “Because the extension had not yet been built, it was difficult to get an idea of space. But being able to see Angela’s ideas plot through on the software, we could actually stand in the room and decide what worked best.”

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

The relationship between client and designer was further enhanced by a shared love of cooking. “It makes a difference, when you speak the same language and can communicate exactly what you need. There’s an extra level of understanding on how the room will be used.”

Helen’s husband Nigel is quick to agree. “I still come down each morning and feel ‘wowed’ by it,” he says. “I’d say the only downside is that we don’t use the rest of the house much anymore!”

Bower Willis Designs Bower Willis Designs

Bower Willis Designs is a kitchen design company in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. Call 01608 690870 or visit www.bowerwillisdesigns.co.uk for more details.

You can also connect follow Bower Willis Designs on Facebook and Twitter for more great kitchen inspiration.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Homes & Gardens

Fri, 14:59

We look through the keyhole of some of the Cotswolds’ most luxurious houses on the property market

Read more
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

So, you’ve bought your first renovation project, but now the question is, do you refurbish the original building or knock it down and start again? John Everitt, Director at coombes:everitt architects discusses the options…

Read more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Whether you’re after a romantic break for two, a getaway with friends or a base to explore the beauty of the region, these cosy Cotswold cottages, available to book via Airbnb are the perfect places to enjoy your stay

Read more
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

RHS Hampton Court Palace results

Words and pictures by Mandy Bradshaw

Read more
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Whether you're an avid gardener or a lover of all things outdoors, we pick some of the most beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds we think are definitely worth a visit.

Read more
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Every member of the design and workshop team is extremely proud to be a winner of this prestigious kitchen award. As a small family run business it is all the more extraordinary to be recognised in such a large national award ceremony

Read more
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bruce Clark from built environment consultancy Nash Partnership speaks to interior designer and fine decoration specialist Lucinda Rowan-Mayberry (Mayberry Fine Interiors) about bathrooms, which are a key area of focus for altering properties. How can you transform these spaces easily to increase value?

Read more
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bruce Clark from built environment consultancy Nash Partnership speaks to interior designer and fine decoration specialist Lucinda Rowan-Mayberry (Mayberry Fine Interiors) about improving kitchen space to increase a property’s value. How can these spaces be easily transformed and what are the pitfalls to avoid?

Read more
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wondering what to do with those dusty antiques sitting in the house? We speak to Frances Robinson at Chorley’s Auctioneers, near Cheltenham, on the benefits of selling goods at an auction house

Read more
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

There’s a feast of florals and firsts for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2017 taking place Thursday, May 11 - Sunday, May 14

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bruce Clark from built environment consultancy Nash Partnership speaks to interior designer and fine decoration specialist Lucinda Rowan-Mayberry (Mayberry Fine Interiors) for her tips on what to consider before altering or extending your property

Read more
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Local door and window specialists Clearway have expanded their business operations with the acquisition of Designex Cabinets Ltd.

Read more
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

If you’re a sucker for honey coloured cottages, colourful front doors and delightful gardens – there’s plenty to be found in the Cotswolds. Here are 16 picture-worthy doors from across the region, you’ll wish were yours.

Read more
Monday, February 27, 2017

After a bed, mattress, headboard or bedroom furniture? For the best deals look no further than BedSOS...

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Cotswold Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search