Victorian townhouse kitchen transformation

A Stunning Victorian Townhouse Kitchen in Ipswich

We were delighted to undertake the renovation of this beautiful Victorian townhouse shaker kitchen in Ipswich, Suffolk.  This is another of our great projects from our Kitchens team.

The brief:

This part of the property was originally the kitchen and conservatory. The home was having extensive building works to remove and extend over the old conservatory.

Our clients were looking for a kitchen to compliment the style and age of their home, making the best use of the space and with a central island unit for preparing and dining. This is a very large L shaped space with a part vaulted ceiling and step down to the dining area and so it was important to accentuate these features and maximise the feeling of space and light.

The design:

With a large room to work with, we designed an ultra large central island unit with a round sink bowl and plenty of surface space for preparation. Around the island are large drawers, a hidden pull out waste bin and built in wine cellar and Neff oven. 

All other appliances were kept to this end of the kitchen to make a practical cooking area, with a substantial mantel framing their existing Rangemaster cooker and creating a central focal point.

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To the right we included a Fisher Paykal American fridge freezer and to the left, drawers and cupboard space with with a pull out swivel system in the corner, Oak shelving and a additional sink. 

A round seating area was included at the opposite end of the island, underneath the vaulted ceiling and in sight of the large glass doors with views across the dining room and garden.

The wall behind has been filled with a large dresser with in built Oak larder and glass fronted display cabinets.

A mixture of materials were included throughout the kitchen, the units were hand painted with Oak inside the cabinets and featured on the island, shelving and mantel. The step was also carefully handcrafted in Oak and this becomes beautiful feature in the room. 

The island and work surfaces are topped with Arden Blue Suede Silestone and floors are limestone flooring. 

Client comments:

” My favourite piece is the island and mantel. We were initially concerned about the size of the island as it was so large but it fills the space perfectly and the mantel just sets it all off.

Everything works which comes down to the initial design and planning stages, we were never told that something couldn’t be done. I could never quite visualise the floor step but now it’s in I absolutely love it, it’s become a key feature of the room.

There is no wasted space and a place for everything. I have so much flexibility with all the cupboard space, its so versatile.

The team were terrific, they really were. Nothing was too much trouble and they didn’t have it easy as there was a lot of building going on so lots of different trades coming and going and getting in their way. They were all such nice guys, very professional and nothing was too much trouble. They had a great attitude.

My father was a carpenter by trade and he was very impressed as it was all be installed, he said that you could tell that everything was very well built.

We had no issues at all, the team just got with the job.

We absolutely love it!”

If you would like to discuss your project, please do get in touch. We offer a free design service, simply pop into the showroom or contact us to book a consultation, 01394 421214.

Sleek and seamless modern corian kitchen transformation in Felixstowe, Suffolk

Design brief:

Our customer originally had a traditional country style kitchen with oak doors and black granite worktops but was looking to modernise and create a more contemporary feel to their kitchen. They wanted a central island unit and were looking to include two built in ovens side by side, integrated appliances and an induction hob.

The design:

We offer all styles of doors in any colour, wood or finish with many samples to see and feel in our showroom. Having discussed the options, our customer decided they liked the look of the flat door with a ‘j’ shape handle built in to keep the sleek style they were looking for. They opted for an off white/pale grey colour with a modern satin finish.

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We discussed the pros and cons of different worktops and gave some samples to the customer to take away with them to help them decide.

The customer liked the look and feel of Corian which gives a hygienic and completely seamless work surface carrying through to the upstands, splashback and built in sink with a practical steel base.

They chose a tap by Franke in a silk steel finish to compliment this modern corian kitchen.

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Storage was an important feature so the design included large pull out drawers providing plenty of space for plates, pans and kitchen utensils and with runners capable of holding weights of up to 40kg. All cupboards have high quality soft close hinges and the bi folding wall units provide additional storage in keeping with the overall contemporary style.

A concealed pull out sectioned bin and space saving LeMans pull out corner was included within the design to maximise storage space.

All lighting, electrical and plumbing work was also included.

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As an authorised dealer of many leading brands, we discussed the product features available and our customer opted for Miele single oven with moisture plus and combination microwave oven with a warming drawer, a 5 zone induction hob, integrated larder fridge and dishwasher.

For extraction, a slimline Elica sleek white glass hood was chosen as this is discrete, simple and stylish from the underside and again adds to the modern feel

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Customer comments:

“I love the design of my kitchen, it’s well thought out and makes the best use of the space in the room. Andrew is very knowledgable and clearly enjoys what he does, everything was thought about and planned for so that there were no hidden expenses later down the line. He really listened to me and understood what I was trying to achieve and gave me lots of ideas and practical advice.

I cannot fault the team who installed the kitchen, they were all friendly and professional and did a fantastic job. The fit went really smoothly and I always felt at ease with everyone and that nothing was ever too much trouble.

I am so happy with our kitchen, I would definitely recommend the team at Debenvale.”


Browse the full set of images in our gallery under ‘Modern Corian Kitchen’

If you have a project that you would to speak to us about, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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Some great ideas for choosing a kitchen or bathroom floor

When designing your kitchen or bathroom there are so many factors to consider;  door styles, work surfaces, splash backs, appliances and of course flooring.

At our Suffolk based showroom we show a range of flooring on our kitchen and bathroom displays along with sample boards and tiles for you to see, feel and get some great design ideas for your kitchen or bathroom flooring. We will take time to discuss the many options with you during our design process and to ensure that your choice of flooring is the most suitable for your home and lifestyle.

For natural beauty, choose from travertine, limestone, marble, slate or terracotta. Stone floors are long lasting and are available in a range of sizes and finishes whether tumbled, brushed, honed or polished to achieve your desired look.  Stone tiles are porous so we will carefully seal them for you once laid and provide advice on the most suitable cleaning products to maintain their beautiful finish.


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Porcelain is a popular choice, being much harder than ceramic and so offering a durable and hardwearing floor while achieving a stunning finish.  Porcelains can give the appearance of marble, stone or even wood, being waterproof and stain resistant they make a great choice for any kitchen or bathroom floor.


Another great idea for kitchen or bathroom floor tiles and currently on trend is to use decorative patterned tiles to provide a focal point or divide the floor area, to separate kitchen and dining for example. The effect is stunning.

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Wood flooring offers warmth and gives character to your room. You can choose from a range of timber including Oak and Walnut.


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A solid and structurally sound base is essential to avoid cracking or movement and this is all part of the work that our experienced fit team will undertake during the preparation process to make sure that your flooring stands the test of time.

Under floor heating can also be fitted under your flooring with a timed thermostat keeping you in control of your floor temperature all year round.


To discuss your next project and get some more flooring ideas for kitchens or bathrooms, please pop along to the showroom to see samples for yourself or get in touch to book a free personal design.

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Ipswich roundabout sponsorship

Our sponsored roundabout in Martlesham has just been updated. Thank you to our customers who kindly agreed to have their kitchens displayed on the roundabout opposite Tesco and the retail park in Martlesham Ipswich, just off the A12.

We wanted to demonstrate the range of our work and showcase 4 different styles from modern gloss white to handmade inset frame. We are very pleased with the result!

Call us to book a free appointment with a designer 01394 421214

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