Working with Charlie Luxton

We have been lucky enough to work with Charlie Luxton Design on a couple of great projects in the past year. Charlie Luxton is passionate about sustainability so it is always a pleasure working with someone who shares the same ethos and passions as we do.

The first project we joined forces on was for Tara Murphy and Dimitri Daras. They were inspired by the Cotswold countryside and decided to migrate from London to embrace country living. Their family home project now referred to as The Cut, was entirely designed by Charlie Luxton and we had a unique chance to try our hand at something unique and entirely different from our normal designs. The second project was for Charlie Thomas whose entire grade II listed building in the Wiltshire countryside underwent a complete refurbishment transformation. Here is a little more about these wonderful projects.
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The Cut

We love a challenge here at Sustainable Kitchens and are constantly looking out for interesting projects to get our teeth stuck into.  When the opportunity arose to design and build a contemporary plywood kitchen in a beautiful and unique eco-house designed by Architect Charlie Luxton we could barely contain our excitement.

Tara’s love for cooking, her need for a kitchen in which she could run Vietnamese cookery classes and a passion for clean modern design drove the design process for this kitchen.  From the very beginning, Tara knew that the worktop absolutely had to be stainless steel and very quickly decided to finish the cabinetry in exposed Birch Plywood.
We are overjoyed with the floating shelf which we fabricated from the leftover Dinesen floorboards laid throughout the house, it glides seamlessly around the room, houses discreet LED lighting and houses the extractor.  The piece de resistance for me is that centre island; clad on 3 sides with stainless steel and running on immense industrial castors, it wheels effortlessly around the room.



SK_The Cut-015This project has major eco qualities, even though it just missed its Passive House accreditation it will be a landmark of sustainable design for years to come. Their design encapsulates many Passivehaus principles creating a low-energy design, with their estimated heating bill being as little as £70 per year.

Passers by often stop to view this incredible house that even though it is very different to neighbouring Cotswold stone architecture, seamlessly fades into the countryside with the Reclaimed Welsh slate and English cedar cladding.
If you want to read more about this project, Tara kept a detailed blog explaining the design, financing and all the processes involved. Future.Simple.Passive.

The Materials
– FSC Certified Birch Plywood
– Dinesen Douglas Fir Flooring
– Stainless Steel Worktops
– Industrial Casters  for movable island.

The Vine House

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The Vine House is a fabulous Grade II listed building in the Wiltshire countryside.  Charlie Luxton designed the refurbishment of the existing building and the clever extension where the kitchen is situated.

We were lucky enough to design and fit a contemporary kitchen into this wonderful and bright space.  Our aim for the kitchen was to sit sympathetically in the modern extension but also reflect the traditional architecture in the rest of the house.  The result was a wonderfully minimalist design with Steel, Oak and concrete.

The Materials
– FSC Certified Birch Plywood & Oak
– Concrete Worktop from Designer Stone


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