Modern Victorian Kitchen Redesign

19th Century Cottage in Wavendon Receives a Stunning Prept Kitchen Makeover

Prept’s Astera True Handleless range transformed the kitchen of a Victorian cottage in Wavendon, making it stylish, durable and fit for purpose.

The current kitchen had been installed 4 years previously but had not withstood the test of time. The cupboards were peeling and storage was an issue. However, the homeowner didn’t want just another generic showroom kitchen. Prept was the perfect solution!

The new kitchen was designed to ensure it worked for the family, rather than the family working around it. Storage was paramount as entertaining was a frequent feature in the social calendar of the homeowner. Every ramekin and dessert spoon needed its space. They also wanted the kitchen to be a comfortable place for the family to spend time together.

Giving a Century Old Kitchen the Modern Makeover

The cottage was 115 years old and its old features were full of character. The decision to have a more modern look for the kitchen was a bold one and the scale of choice can be overwhelming.  Using their expertise, Prept’s design consultants were able to bring the homeowner’s vision to life. The team recommended products they believed would fit the more modern look, and door samples were sent to ensure the customer was happy. 

A fantastic feature that Prept also offers is the online kitchen visualiser. Here it is possible to see what different wood finishes, unit styles, paint and handles can look like in a kitchen setting.

When asked about Prept’s customer service, homeowner, Kim Lowden, said: “Prept empowered me. They were always happy to take my calls and support me through this journey”.

The Astera range was chosen with a natural royal oak finish on the tall units and main run. The white finish was used for the island and worktops. This struck the right balance between modernising the functionality of the kitchen without creating too stark a contrast to the character of the house.

Quality and Resilience - Standing the Test of Time

Durability was incredibly important to the homeowner after their previous experience. Prept’s cupboards withstand the test of time. The cabinet edging is both water and heat resistant, meaning it is much less likely to delaminate under normal working conditions of a kitchen. Each drawer can also hold up to 40kg in weight, giving the homeowner plenty of storage for the array of spices and herbs used for cooking meals for guests.

Another advantage to using Prept is that all the cabinets arrive fully assembled ready to be self-installed if you choose to ‘do-it-yourself’. Prept’s installer support line connects you to a specialist who can talk you through every step, or you could use the full wealth of DIY guides and examples on Prept’s website ensuring you’re fully guided throughout the process – of course, you can also bring in a fitter of your choosing if you so wish.

The Lowden family chose to have it fitted and were impressed by how quickly their new kitchen arrived.

More than a Kitchen

So, how does Kim feel about her Prept kitchen?

“The kitchen has become the hub of the house. We have put a sofa and TV in there now and it’s where we spend all our time. The storage space has made me so organised and I absolutely love showing it off to people”.

Kim’s kitchen now functions as it should. It’s the heart of the home, the hub of activity and her cuppa making station!

 To find out more about the Astera collection, or any of the other items, please take a look at our kitchen collection. You can also order samples or download our kitchen planner to start designing your dream kitchen today.