Beautiful handmade shaker kitchen in Suffolk, with cooking, entertaining and home working at the heart of the design

Handmade Shaker Kitchen

Our latest photo shoot showcases a recently installed shaker kitchen in Suffolk with a truly bespoke design which involved removing a wall and complete re flooring. Our client was looking for a shaker style kitchen with a handpainted finish and quartzstone surfaces.

The brief:

The house was built over 200 years ago and has been extended over the years from all directions.

Our customers felt that the original kitchen was dark with a wooden floor and a central island unit but it was badly laid out and it was a squash to get passed each other and not a practical space.

The couple work from home so needed areas to work and sit comfortably. They both love cooking so wanted to create a practical and social environment for family dining and entertaining guests.

Handmade Shaker Kitchen

Original Kitchen

Suffolk Handmade Shaker Kitchen

Original Kitchen









The design:

We removed the wall in the middle of the room, opening up the space and allowing natural light from the angled roof windows into the kitchen area. Supporting walls either side remain but we used the opening as a space for breakfast bar / seating area looking into the kitchen. The oven and mantel is a main focal point with large prep area to left and sink to the right. We included a fridge freezer, integrated dishwasher, built in microwave, corner larder, and dresser unit.

We incorporated 2 working areas, a knee hole for low level working and a higher desk area so that the clients can work separately or side by side.

The worktops were mainly quartz for practicality with a blend of Oak on the desk, breakfast bar and dresser with coordinating chopping board and cutlery tray. The client chose handmade clays as a feature backsplash.

The entire kitchen was manufactured in our workshop and the shaker kitchen doors are painted by hand after installation.

The finished design opens up the space beautifully, allowing more natural light into the room and creating a social kitchen space which is practical and well laid out.
Handmade Shaker Kitchen painted








Here’s what our customers had to say:

“We are extremely pleased with our new kitchen. The new design works so well, the wall has been removed to open the seating area and is perfect for cooking, dining, entertaining and working. We both love cooking and it’s lovely now because it’s a social space and people can sit at the breakfast bar and chat, we’ve already had friends over and really enjoyed using the space.

What we really liked about working with Andrew was the open discussions that we had about the design. He was not afraid to give us his honest advice and we really valued his opinion. He took the time to understand what we were trying to achieve. We had complete confidence that Andrew would deliver what he said he would and we are delighted with the end result.

If I could sum it up in one word it would be trust, we had total trust in Andrew and everyone that works for him, they’re great guys and the work is of an excellent standard. Since we are so happy with our finished kitchen we have asked Debenvale to continue with our next phase, which is our bathrooms and these are set to start next year.

We would highly recommend Debenvale and have already have done so around the village.”

To see more images of this shaker kitchen, along with other kitchen projects completed by Debenvale, take a look at our gallery.



Customer Testimonials

We’re delighted to share with you some of the latest comments received from our customers:


Framed Kitchen LDSC_0064lighten

“We asked Debenvale to quote for a new bespoke kitchen, to replace the existing bathroom, to build a new en suite shower room and toilet and to create a ground floor cloakroom.

They worked in conjunction with our main building contractor as there were a great deal of structural alterations needed some of which were unforeseen and made the project a lengthy one.

Andrew Southgate, the director that worked with us, designed all the alterations that we needed and produced detailed specifications and computer aided graphics of the finished areas.

When it came to the time when building work in various areas would allow Debenvale to commence they sent in the appropriate tradesmen all of whom were highly skilled, hard working, pleasant and polite.

The standards that they worked to were of the highest order and they were meticulous in their execution. Andrew and his assistant Gemma were patient in as much as one could ask them innumerable questions and one was invariably met with informed answers in a very pleasant way.

We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Debenvale for any of the above works and we are delighted with our renovated home.”



contemporary kitchen

“Having the heart of your house ripped out can never be described as a pleasant experience and the upheaval for a short period is horrible. However the process from start to finish was very well organised  and communication was good which meant that we were kept fully informed every step of the way, exactly what to expect and what was being done.

The fitters are all very professional, friendly and tidy and generally try to keep the mess / disruption down to a minimum. They also turn up when they say they are going to.

Now that everything is finished, we are delighted with the final result and would thoroughly recommend “Debenvale” to anyone.”




cream gloss kitchen with Neff appliances

“When you start thinking about getting a new kitchen you don’t really know what will be involved or what to expect.

Andrew was very helpful, our kitchen is well designed so it’s great to work in and easy to keep clean and tidy, everything has its place. I’m really pleased with the appliances, everything works well together.

Our new kitchen is so much more than we expected, it has transformed the whole house. We’ve received so many comments from our friends and I’ve already been recommending Debenvale!

The whole team were great, so efficient, I really can’t fault anything, we are just so pleased.”