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Return to Rise Hall: This time the kitchens get it!
Granite Transformations has returned once again to Rise Hall, the magnificent 19th century manor house restored by TV's Sarah Beeny and artist husband Graham Swift, and this time the kitchen makeover specialist has actually helped transform two kitchens, the Butler's Pantry and an ensuite installation in the hall managers' live-in quarters.
Previously, the home improvements company has focused its skill on beautiful, bespoke bathrooms, styled by Sarah and Graham, the success of which prompted Granite Transformations to diversify into bathroom remodelling, alongside its core kitchen business.
"We found working alongside Sarah and Graham most inspiring, since they explored fresh applications for our surface finishes," says chief operating officer, Danny Hanlon. "Even on this phase, they've managed to challenge us with an ensuite kitchen and elegant upgrade of a classic butler's pantry."
Rise Hall was the star of two Channel 4 documentaries, chronicling the restoration of this 97-room mansion in East Yorkshire, which is now rated as one of the North East's finest wedding and conference venues.
Sarah and Graham's passion for Britain's heritage and their attention to design detail are evident throughout, as is their use of functional and sympathetic new materials like Granite Transformations' quartz, granite and recycled glass surfaces.
This time it refaced the countertops in the Butler's Pantry, which is used by long-term guests and features a self-catering private kitchen facility for wedding parties. The original stone floor was retained in this high traffic area and a tough, luxurious Sachi granite finish was overlaid onto worktops, extended upwards as grease-resistant splashbacks and oven surrounds. Simple white shaker-style doors grace the cabinets, transforming the space into a relaxing yet purposeful breakout area for guests.
Custodian and curator Helen Davies and her partner, estate manager Craig, live on-site and manage the day-to-day activities of the house, wedding venue and grounds. Sarah has transformed what was formerly her sister Caroline's kitchen into elegant living quarters for the pair and their dog Percy. A sizeable corner of the room has been converted into plumbed-in kitchen space, complete with sink, fridge, microwave oven, base and wall units.
The Black Diamond recycled glass work surfaces and full-height splashbacks, installed by Granite Transformations, tone with the marble-effect fireplace and create a corner of restrained style. White cabinets team with the room's main walls and doors to minimise the visual impact, whilst looking smart and clean.
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15th May 2015