A cosy and classic Shaker kitchen in the heart of Bristol, with its aged copper worktop and chimney arched alcove, the kitchen is full of character lending itself to the building with a full and rich history. 

With so many unique features to unpick with this stunning kitchen, let us first dive into the aged copper worktop – providing a signature touch to the overall design of the room.


As the centrepiece for this charming Shaker kitchen, the aged copper worktop brings a timeless and rich glow to the basement room in this 4 story house.

If we look back throughout the history of copper, humans have used it for a range of purposes – be that as coins, jewels, armour and vessels to name just a few. In kitchens, they pair extremely well with other copper furnishings such as range hoods, live covers, backsplashes and sculptures. 

One of the many benefits of having copper worktops in your kitchen is that the metal is considered a sustainable material and should it ever need replacing, it’s fully recyclable – making it an eco-friendly choice when it comes to choosing a metal worktop.

They are also very easy to clean, which will reduce the time spent on the upkeep and maintenance of your kitchen. Furthermore copper is antimicrobial, which is proven to kill viruses and bacteria, meaning less stress over disinfecting the countertop surface as germs can’t live there for long.

Finally, copper worktops are long lasting and will not damage easily. The patina that develops over time is not like rust associated with steel, as copper will not degrade or become weaker when exposed to air or water. Often the signs of age from copper are seen as giving the worktop character and history, each telling a unique story.

Arched alcove

Storage is key when designing your kitchen, and alcoves can often present a creative opportunity to maximise your space and make a statement feature. 

Our client opted for a bespoke kitchen to ensure that the unique and characterful features were not left unused and covered up, but rather to be incorporated into the design and create a space that reflects the home and its history. 

The timber shelving makes best use of the tall and charming alcove, homing a range of crockery that includes the traditional kitchen fruit bowl alongside measuring cups for home baking. With the cabinetry painted in a rich shade of blue, deciding on exposed oak for the timber shelving brings another texture to the room to perfectly contrast. 

Multi-wood Drawer Fronts

Having chosen a range of timber, from Walnut and Yew to Ash and Wenge for the drawer fronts the look and feel of this kitchen was never going to feel too same-y.

The rich textures from each piece of timber ensures kitchen visitors can’t help but run their fingertips across the drawer fronts, mesmerised by the natural pattern from each unique piece of wood. That’s the beauty of owning a Sustainable Kitchen, built handmade from locally sourced materials – just by touching our cabinetry you can feel the quality and craftsmanship in all the details, both small and large.

Bora Hobs

The award winning Bora Pure hob mustn’t go unmentioned, serving as the cherry on the cake for this gorgeous kitchen.

With its minimal noise, owing to the modern technology that optimises airflow and low-noise fan, allows you to socialise with guests uninterrupted. Complimenting this is its simplistic and contemporary design, fitting seamlessly into this snug, classic kitchen without the need for bulky overhead extractors. The touch control of the Bora Pure allows you to to make adjustments to the hob from just a swipe or tap of the control panel, ensuring a straightforward and effortless cooking experience.

An enjoyable and unique project to be a part of for us at Sustainable Kitchens.

Lindsay Lillie
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I’m so glad that I chose Sustainable Kitchens for my new kitchen. They are a great team of people to work with with a great ethos of sustainability underpinning the whole company. The design process with Sam was a pleasure and I am so delighted with the end result. My new kitchen is exactly what I wanted it to be — stylish, functional, unique and a wonderful place to be. I recommend Sustainable Kitchens wholeheartedly.
Ian Chapman
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A great experience! Really open and friendly team that made the process exciting not daunting. Sam understood what we wanted and got the design perfect. Gianluca fitted it perfectly and Zoe was awesome to work with. I particularly enjoyed the tour of the workshop getting to see all the tools, care and attention that goes into creating beautiful kitchens. Would recommend to anyone!
Nicola Pocock
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Our kitchen from Sustainable Kitchens has been a complete triumph and has exceeded our expectations for the lift it has given to the whole house! Every member of the team was friendly, professional, reassuring and happy to answer any number of questions. It really couldn’t have been a smoother and easier journey and we absolutely love the end result!
David Cole
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We love our kitchen and really appreciate the effort Sustainable Kitchens put in to the design and execution. They are also very quick to respond to any questions and queries – even after the project has finished and account closed – great aftercare service! Top marks.
Julie Hitchcock
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We are delighted with the quality of our Sustainable Kitchen. Sam and the team guided us through the design process, really listening to what we hoped to achieve. They were very flexible in the face of our shifting building schedule and the fitting and painting team did a superb job. We should never need a new kitchen, but if we did, we wouldn’t hesitate to call on Sustainable Kitchens.
Laura Brocklesbery
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Highly recommend Sustainable Kitchens. We are so happy with our new kitchen. It is made to a beautiful quality, all custom made and fitting perfectly. From the design process through to the final product Sustainable Kitchen were professional, responsive, and really helpful in making our kitchen a reality.
Emma Bent
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Would recommend Sustainable Kitchens without reservation. Sam's design knowledge and skills set us up for the workshop and fitting team to provide us with a kitchen that has fulfilled all of our 'want' as well as 'need' list. Thank you!
Chris Booth
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I cannot praise Sustainable Kitchens highly enough for the fantastic quality of the kitchen they made and installed for us.
Hannah Family
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I can highly recommend Sustainable Kitchens they are such a lovely team to work with and their kitchens are beautiful. An added bonus is being able to see their workshop and the cabinets being made so you can see the quality of their work.
Abigail Whitten
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Sustainable Kitchens supplied exquisite, fully custom built kitchen cabinetry. We hoped for a 'forever' kitchen and weren't disappointed. Every part is beautifully constructed and finished. Absolutely no shortcuts taken. Really delighted.
Rebecca Simms
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The service from Sustainable Kitchens was first class from the initial design stage right through to the installation of my bespoke handmade kitchen. A year on I am still loving it!
Catherine Launder
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Couldn’t be more pleased with Sustainable Kitchens. They respected our very specific requirements, contributed some helpful suggestions, came exactly when promised and did precisely what was agreed. They completed even earlier than the time scheduled, were clean and efficient and did a perfect job – we’ve never had such a good installation experience and we’ve had plenty!
Joyce Fulton
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Our new kitchen is beautiful. The quality of workmanship is outstanding and it is everything we asked Sustainable Kitchens to do. Their understanding of how we wanted the kitchen to look was pitch perfect and their guidance throughout the process was constant and really supportive. One hundred percent recommend this vibrant young company.
Simon Muriel
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Kitchen supplies. Impeccable craftsmanship. Great ethos. Very pleased.