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Case Study 1

When the Lawsons moved in to their 250 year old former labourer's cottage in 1994, it looked very different. Twenty years on and nowhere are the changes more obvious than in the kitchen, which has been transformed from a 'lean-to' into a cosy Kitchen/Diner.

Owner Chris Lawson explains the lengthy thought process behind their final choice of style and colour "We prevaricated over the theme and colour for 18 months before making a decision, as we wanted the kitchen to be right and to be in-keeping with the rest of the cottage. We had always wanted an Aga, and this was to form the central 'hub' of the kitchen which then informed the theme and colour for the rest of the room."

The Lawsons knew that an old cottage with non-standard measurements would require a bespoke kitchen, and selected Dreamscape Kitchens to design and build their new kitchen. Not only did the company fit with their aim of 'buying local', but owner Nick Garrett's demonstration of understanding and expertise on a corner cupboard convinced them that he would do an equally impressive job on the kitchen.

Standing in the kitchen now it is hard to believe that it is only eight years old, as it blends so well with the rest of the property. The soft yellow finish complements the grey stone walls, and is reflected in the small pearlescent tile detail. The Aga, the central feature of the room, is crowned with a cupboard unit which, as Chris explains, is an example of the collaboration between designer and owner: "We knew we wanted units above the Aga but Nick came up with the design, with carved detail at the bottom to match that on the other cupboards and units." A hand-build knife block is positioned next to the breakfast bar, easily accessible from both the cooking and serving areas.

Case Study 2

When Mr and Mrs Lovett Williams needed a new kitchen for their holiday cottage in Devon last year, they didn't hesitate in contacting Nick Garrett again. Nick, owner of Dreamscape Kitchens, had designed and built a traditional character kitchen for their main residence in Wiltshire four years previously, and so they knew who to contact when they wanted a completely different, contemporary seaside look, for their Devon home.

Mr Lovett Williams explains, "The kitchen in Devon was dated and old fashioned, and needed replacing. Nick provided a handmade kitchen at a similar price to other companies, who offered ready-made units with limited choice."

"Because Nick makes everything by hand we could specify exactly what we wanted, something which had proved impossible with other companies. For instance, we did't want any MDF inside the cupboards in our main home, so Nick put Maple interiors in. We also wanted a corner cooker, and Nick suggested adding the hood, which looks really good. And in our Devon cottage we wanted flat fronted cupboards that wouldn't catch dust, which Nick created for us."

The two resulting kitchens could not be more different: The large, traditional kitchen in Wiltshire has carved features on the cooker hood and cupboard unit, and the cream corner cooker forms a focal point. In Devon Nick created the desired contemporary seaside look with granite worktops, sleek blue units and modern appliances.

The Lovett Williams were so pleased with both kitchens that they recommended Dreamscape Kitchens to a neighbour, who is now also a delighted customer.

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Case Study 3

Nick, owner of Dreamscape Kitchens, had been looking into building a ground floor extension for three years before being able to go ahead with it in July 2016. The plan was to enlarge the long narrow kitchen sideways and add a modern shower room. The building work took two months and Nick built a brand new bespoke kitchen over the following two months.

He based his design on a previous kitchen he had made for one of his clients. Nick very much wanted to move away from dark woods and instead, introduce a nice airy space so the colour theme is fresh cream with walnut wood on the island.

The main feature of the kitchen is the island with the hot water tap, flanked by two semi-circular units with lovely burr walnut panels. There is a breakfast bar installed in the back of the island with matching walnut and cream bar stools. Further highlights include a side by side fridge freezer, an integrated coffee machine, microwave and warming drawer, and a Britannia chef top, double electric stainless steel oven. Complementing the look of the kitchen, Nick chose a copper leaf extractor hood. The kitchen work tops are “Giallo Imperial” granite, which is a golden coloured granite from Brazil with naturally occurring brown and golden veins. This particular type of granite is extremely hardwearing and resistant to extremes of hot and cold, as well as scratches, stains and chemicals. The glass doors on the cupboards have the Dreamscape Kitchens logo etched into the glass with a tramline border to pick up the design in the Karndean flooring, perfectly mirroring the shape of the kitchen.

Both Nick and Kate say the new extension and fabulous kitchen have totally transformed the feel of the house. The kitchen is now the central hub of the house where everyone congregates, it's a fantastic social area, and the family can enjoy meals there too.

"It's pretty amazing how this beautiful kitchen has changed the dynamic of our home," says Nick. "We now have a lot more family and friends over, we even threw a New Year's Eve Party."