For many people, the kitchen is far more than simply a functional room for storing and preparing food. For them it is the most important room in the house, a living area for relaxing informally, for sharing as a family or with close friends.
It is a place where (apart from the bedroom!) we often spend most of our time at home. Whether we love cooking or not, the style and decoration of the kitchen is central to our enjoyment of the time spent there.
The joy of a hand-built kitchen is that while it has the unmistakable "feeling" of genuine craftsmanship, it can also incorporate any amount of whimsy and originality, from the functional to the purely decorative.
It can accentuate features already in the room and make difficult corners and gaps into useful spaces for storage and display. In fact, an experienced designer, working to his clients brief, can transform a room to make it just how they want it to be.
Illustrated as just a few examples of Benton kitchens, much admired by their owners.
The key to good design of a Bedroom is to make optimum use of the space available for storage without losing site of the original vision.
Bespoke storage solutions ensure clutter is kept to a minimum with a place for everything and being fully fitted, every inch of space is used. Freestanding pieces can also be included to add personal style.
Larger bedrooms can be informally divided into dressing room areas to hide away all the storage, leaving the bedroom to relax and sleep in. With open plan living gaining popularity often Bedroom, Bathroom and Dressing room spaces are combined to form informal "living spaces" to "unwind" in.
Bentons, with the ability to design and manufacture every element of the furniture, can create truly stunning interiors combining form and function.
A selection of bedroom interior images showing both Master and Childrens Bedrooms in different timbers and finishes illustrates the diversity of our work.
Bathrooms need particularly careful planning. Unless we have the luxury of building our home from scratch, it is generally a smaller room than a kitchen or bedroom, with limitations inevitably created by plumbing, drainage, windows and so on.
As with the kitchen, good planning and design is a mixture of logic and inspiration, with a measure of self-indulgence thrown in. It is a place where we can slow down, allow the stresses of the day to fall away from us, a place of privacy and relaxation.