Chef’s Elm and Paint Kitchen.

Unashamedly full of fun, curiosity and passion, this deceptively small elm kitchen area is designed and made to make practical use of every available nook, whilst flowing organically through the open plan ground floor living space, of a converted Byre. It is very much the welcoming, relaxed, sensual heart of this home and reflects wonderfully the owners love of food, wine and life.

Specific Project Detail

  • Linear drawers from a single large plank of Elm so that grain matches horizontally and vertically
  • Wooden Drawers mixed with painted wall cupboards organically creates distinctive areas
  • Inner drawer, sliding, lift-out tray (to create additional storage)
  • Recycling drawer
  • Flush ceiling extractor
  • Appliance garage with retractable doors
  • Pull out Larder


  • Timber – Elm
  • Carcassing – Birch Ply
  • Worksurface – Rose Granite
  • Sink – Under-mounted Stainless steel
  • Drawer Runners – Blum Tip-On (push to open) and soft-closing
  • Paint – Little Greene. Cupboards- Dark Lead. Kickboards- Lamp Black. Inside appliance garage- Mister David.
  • Price Range – £20-30000

It’s all in the details

Handmade Contemporary Hardwood Kitchens

HOUT love designing and creating kitchens; we feel they are central to your home’s personality, and an expression of those who use them.

Each unique kitchen, hand-crafted by us using beautiful English timbers (oak, ash, elm and other hardwoods) and the best technological hardware, reflects a close and considered collaboration with the client – a narration of their style, lifestyle, family ethos and eccentricities.

Infused with HOUT’s timeless, fresh, functional aesthetics our kitchens are spaces to gather, nourish, share, laugh, relax, celebrate…

Shaker to Linear Kitchens & So Much More

From classic wooden Shaker kitchens to the clean, simple lines of a Contemporary design, HOUT’s attention to detail is visible in all of our custom fitted and freestanding units. Commissions for single modules, beautiful kitchens, or functional wooden islands, all receive the same exacting consideration. We use only the finest tools together with a blend of modern and traditional techniques, to realise your vision of the perfect kitchen.

A Handmade hardwood contemporary kitchen from Ash with cast concrete work-surface made by HOUT Design in Cumbria

Clean Living Ash and Concrete Kitchen

A bespoke fitted Kitchen handcrafted from Elm and made in Cumbria by HOUT Design

Elm Compact Kitchen

A contemporary handmade hardwood kitchen Island made from Elm in Cumbria by HOUT Design

Elm Contemporary Linear Kitchen

A bespoke hardwood Kitchen with Concrete worktops handmade in Cumbria by HOUT Design

Eclectic Elm and Concrete Kitchen

A bespoke handmade kitchen from Elm with fitted kitchen cabinets made by HOUT Design in Cumbria

Chef’s Elm and Paint Kitchen

A handmade Shaker style Kitchen made from Oak by HOUT Design in Cumbria

Oak and Paint Shaker Style Kitchen

Handmade Hardwood Kitchens That Don’t Cost The Earth

Commissioning a Kitchen is a considered decision and suggests a desire for individuality and involvement. Some clients come to us with a well formed idea of what they would like, whereas others prefer us to conceptualise it for them. Either way a closely consultative relationship between HOUT and the client engenders a free flow of ideas. Guided by our knowledge and experience and enhanced by our genuine creative freedom, this collaboration culminates in a very personal, uniquely functional, and truly bespoke hardwood kitchen.

Our kitchens are built by hand, using responsibly sourced solid English hardwoods and the most advanced hinge and roller mechanisms, to last (literally) a lifetime. They are designed to have timeless appeal and, because they are made from solid wood, are easy to maintain in beautiful condition.

We are able to provide all necessary work for your kitchen project from concept through to installation. Included in the cost of your beautiful hardwood kitchen are: technical drawings and plans, dismantling and removal of existing kitchen (if necessary), small adjustments and redirection of services (electricity and plumbing) along with any plastering/decorating required for this, minor building work, small joinery jobs (aside from kitchen) required to facilitate complete installment (eg skirtings, window sills etc), cupboard/shelving lighting and fitting the kitchen. We are also proficient in executing more complex alterations (eg plumbing, electricity, plastering, building) where required for installment of your HOUT kitchen.

HOUT kitchens are extremely client specific and so the price varies considerably but as a guide they range from £10000 to £50000.

Start Your New Kitchen Journey Here

We are happy to be contacted by phone, mail, web and in person at our workshop. Please leave a message should you get the answer machine and we will call you back. Emails will be responded to within 2 working days. We ask for a brief idea of what you are planning, your expectations with regard to timing, contact details and make an appointment to come and meet you at site. We are also happy to provide you with an initial idea of cost over the phone so that you can see if it fits within your budget.

Meeting client

A great opportunity for us to better understand the space for your new kitchen: the people who will inhabit it, their style, lifestyle, any idiosyncrasies, and how they intend to use it. This is a time to discuss options and possibilities, design ideas, technical specifications, material choices, finish preferences and to look through collated images and ideas that inspire and interest you. We use top quality technical and eco-friendly products which we have come to trust over years of use, and are able to show or supply samples to help you make the right choices. A variety of worktops are also possible including; wood, concrete (which we make in-house), granite, slate, marble and (via our suppliers) Silestone and Corian.

Design detail

Following the client meeting we will provide simple design sketches, an estimate of cost and a potential time slot. Should these be agreed in principal we will request a deposit, work on detailed designs and select materials and finishing products (timber, paint shade, handles, worktop and knobs etc). Plans will often be modified at this stage as clients are exposed to in-depth plans and design features but once these and the costing are finalised we work to them so there are no surprise extras. Further payments will be requested in installments once construction begins, with the final amount payable on completion.


Most of our timber is grown, harvested and dried for us here in Cumbria from sustainable forests and so we are able to personally select the timber for each project. Often, all the timber for a Kitchen comes from one traceable tree. Clients are welcome to accompany us during the timber selection process should they wish to. Construction of the Kitchen will then begin in the workshop. Clients are welcome to come and see their kitchen taking shape and we can send photos at critical and interesting stages.


Once construction is complete, delivery and fitting of the kitchen will be carried out by us. It will often include plumbing-in the sink, tap, dishwasher, washing machine, and electricity for any shelf lighting etc.  This usually takes about a week.


We provide information on how to look after your new hardwood kitchen and how to keep it in great condition. We are sure you will be very happy with your new acquisition. However, as with all solid wooden products, there may occasionally be some minor movement in the wood as it settles into your home and its new ambient environment. Should this occur it will always be minor, nevertheless please contact us should you have any concerns, we are happy to advise or to come and make minor adjustments where necessary.