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.

What is a shaker kitchen? Get some great shaker style kitchen examples here

What is a shaker kitchen?

The word ‘Shaker’ is commonly used in the kitchen industry to describe a particular style of a door and is a popular choice of kitchen design.

Historically its creation dates back the mid 18th century, where a religious community known as the Shakers lived in the North West of England. The community was self sufficient with a strong belief in cleanliness, honesty and frugality at the heart of their economic success. They raised most of their own food and pursued a variety of trades and hand crafts.

Shaker craftsmen were well known for a style of shaker furniture that was plain, durable and functional.  Shakers were well respected by other communities and their industry went on to create many useful inventions still used today, from tools such as the shaker peg, weaving looms and the flat broom, to machinery including the circular saw and wheel driven washing machine.

The Shakers dedication to hard work and perfection resulted in a huge range of architecture, furniture and handicraft styles.

How is a shaker kitchen made?

A shaker door is well proportioned and made up of 5 pieces with a frame and recessed centre panel.

It’s a popular choice for its simplicity and classic look and there are many ways to personalise the style to suit your home and taste.

The door itself can be made from solid wood such as Oak or Walnut with a laquered finish to bring out the woods natural beauty, or they can be hand painted or sprayed any colour. Details such as lambslip or beadings can be added to achieve a more ornate look.

The door can be fitted to the front of the kitchen frame or set into the frame to give the appearance of a more substantial piece of furniture, we call this an ‘inset frame kitchen’ or ‘framed kitchen’.

We also offer the shaker style in a curved door, to achieve this we have invested in equipment which uses suction to shape the door into a curved shape at varying radius’s.

Teamed with dovetail drawer boxes and solid cabinetry, a shaker kitchen is adaptable, timeless and long lasting, suiting both traditional and contemporary designs. A perfect choice for any home.

Visit our workshops and showroom

To learn more about our methods, come along to our beautiful Suffolk showroom. We have two floors of displays showing a variety of shaker kitchens and we will take you into our adjoining workshops where you can see how everything is made by hand.

If you have a particular project in mind, please get in touch to book a free design appointment.







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.
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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.



Modern or traditional, classic or quirky? Where to begin when choosing your perfect kitchen style…

So, you are looking for a new kitchen but where do you begin when it comes to designing one of the most important rooms in your home and choosing your kitchen style? Your new kitchen is used by every member of your household for cooking, socialising and entertaining; for many the kitchen is the heart of their home.

When customers come to us and ask, what sort of kitchens do you make? Our answer is simple, we can make anything you like. Choose any wood, colour or finish, with our own workshop on site, the options are almost endless.

There are many things to consider when designing a new kitchen. One of best places to start is to look at choices of kitchen door styles, although we have no set ranges, we can separate kitchens into 3 key door styles.

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Flat / Panel Door Kitchen

This type of door is most suited to modern or contemporary kitchens, giving a simple and minimal look and feel. These doors can be made of any type of wood or sprayed in any colour and finish, from a shiny high gloss effect through to a satin or matt finish.

Your choice of handles will also affect the overall look, from brushed steel pulls, pewter bar handles, or brass knobs there are a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials to choose from. Or for a completely sleek finish you could opt for a handleless push to open door, or a recessed handle design.

For additional interest, why not think about adding bi-folding doors or a tasteful mixture of wood and colours to add individuality to your modern kitchen. Think about your preference of straight angled edges or soft curves, both options are possible with this contemporary style of kitchen.


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flat panel door kitchen

Shaker Door In Frame Kitchen

Often associated with country or traditional kitchen styles, the shaker door is a timeless option but it can also be carefully blended with modern touches to create a transitional kitchen style that is an elegant blend of traditional and contemporary.

Of all kitchen styles, the shaker is the most timeless and unlikely to go in and out of fashion. We can build in all types of wood or a hand painted kitchen is also popular and allows you the option of repainting in the future.

The shaker door is a handmade kitchen door with raised panels and can be fitted to the exterior of a cabinet or set within a frame. Features can be enhanced by adding beading details around the door or frame and shaker doors can be straight or curved, a great idea for your kitchen is to incorporate both to enhance and create stunning features.

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Inset Frame Handleless Kitchen

For those looking for something completely different, we have evolved this modern flat panel door with a handle free design and set it within a frame.

Available in any colour or finish and can be combined with wooden, metal or glass in set handle features this style ticks the boxes of unique and contemporary.


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These are just a few examples of the diversity of kitchen styles available, to see more examples of our work browse our gallery.

With all our kitchens the insides of your kitchen cabinets can be built in any type of wood or colour, to match or give a contrast against your choice of door. Remember that all kitchen styles can be tailored to your exact specification.

Traditional methods are employed during our onsite manufacture process where your custom made kitchen is carefully built by hand with features such as dove tail drawer boxes, soft close hinges and heavy load bearing drawer runners used as standard with all our installations.

Our showroom includes examples of all door styles and solid wood kitchen units and better still we can take you into the adjoining workshop to meet our highly skilled staff and see the techniques they employ.

So why not call in for a coffee and a chat to get some great ideas for your kitchen project.

Contact us on 01394 421214

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