Reclaimed oak and slate kitchen

Reclaimed oak and slate kitchen
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Back in July 2016 I was contacted by Kestrel Kitchens, a local company with over 30 years’ experience in hand making bespoke kitchens with a view to developing a partnership together in 2017.

After various different conversations it seemed the perfect fit for Hastes Kitchen to become the partner and a new studio design idea was born.

After recently converting an old set of barn garages at our home, I put aside a room which had no lighting at all, perfect for filming, as natural daylight on film sets is a nightmare with inconsistency.

The room had nothing apart from recently exposed brick walls and re-applied wood cladding, it was the perfect shell to start creating a new space.

I met up with Angela, Paul and Edward from Kestrel to get an idea on how the space could best be used, after many brainstorming sessions where Kestrel really showed their creative design flair we decided that setting the kitchen out with reclaimed materials would give the desired look.

I had polished concrete, reclaimed oak and brass fittings in mind and Kestrel designed around this perfectly. They recommend a visit to a local reclamation yard wherein they  got  put aside 2 metre lengths of reclaimed Italian slate from the beds of 1940’s pool tables!. It was a brilliant idea and the slate emulated a darker concrete, perfect for the counter tops. I was also recommended to look over the bottom boards to an old Norwich railway carriage to see if the oak, once stripped back would give the desired effect. It did! It had beautiful old characteristic grains and colourings that you couldn’t replicate in modern day wood.

I then had the Kestrel designs back and the original haberdashery cabinet, from the first ever Hastes Kitchen videos, could carefully be incorporated into the new set. The designs were brilliant!

Installation day arrived in December and after 3-4 months of design and locating materials, the set was ready to be installed, and seamlessly it was. Within  two days their fitting team had fitted all the cabinets and we were ready for the arrival of the worktops which would complete the job and deliver a truly handmade bespoke kitchen.


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  • The amazing Kestrel designer listened carefully to our thoughts and tastes and helped lead us cleverly to the theme of copper, walnut, glass and natural stone with splashes of blues amongst a more neutral base. We would highly recommend them and their products.

    Mr & Mrs Morrish, Norwich
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • We would recommend Kestrel unreservedly for their quality, value and calibre of each and every one of their team that we have had the pleasure of dealing with.

    Mr & Mrs Hanbury, Norwich
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • Everything as done very professionally and simply. I felt completely at ease throughout the whole process

    Mrs Taylor, Aylsham
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • Great service, beautiful kitchens, would highly recommend

    Mrs Watson, Beccles
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • We are extremely happy with the end result and now have a beautifully crafted kitchen that fully compliments the dining area. We feel it definitely has the ‘Wow’ factor. Kestrel have delivered on everything we have asked for and we would definitely recommend them.


    Mrs Majewski – East Runton
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • Excellent kitchen – lovely quality and outstanding finish. The designer was very knowledgeable and helpful with design and final finishes for a bespoke kitchen.

    Mr & Mrs Henshaw – Tharston
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • We can not express how happy we are with our new kitchen. We wanted a bespoke and classy look which fitted in with the rest of our house. From the initial meeting through to the completion of work Kestrel proved themselves to be highly efficient and professional.

    Mr & Mrs Dawes, Norwich
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • Very impressed, exactly what we were looking for. We were over the moon with the end result

    Mr & Mrs Fuller, Southwold
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • Our new kitchen certainly has the wow factor! Apart from the quality of your workmanship we are always impressed with Kestrel’s flexibility in tweaking details to our (often changing) requirements, and your ability to overcome any problems with the minimum of fuss and worry. You have excellent people working for you from demolition to finishing and they were always found to be happy, polite and very co-operative. We have now run out of rooms for you to work on but should we need anything further we will be pleased to make contact again.

    Mr & Mrs Jeary, Hempnall
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • When spending a substantial sum on money you have a right to expect certain standards which encompass planning and outcomes, reliability, common courtesey and value for money. Kestrel have met our every hope and expectation and we would have no hesitation in recommending their workmanship and business practices.

    Mrs Hamlin – Norwich
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • I would like to congratulate all the staff at Kestrel for their professional and helpful approach during the fitting of our new kitchen. From the initial design until completion, this work was carried out by staff and craftsmen of the highest calibre who were extremely courteous, friendly and helpful in all aspects of the project.

    Mr & Mrs Robson – Norwich
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • To the staff of Kestrel Kitchens who have improved my life. With the impressive drawings and craftsmen who made the units and the friendly efficient people who installed everything. I now love my kitchen!

    Mrs Thurtle – Norwich
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • I was impressed by the relaxed fashion by everyone that carried out their work. It can be a stressful time for the customer as they know they are ‘in the hands’ of professionals who know more than they do. This fact as well as all the upheaval can cause stress. I was amazed to find I did not feel stressed – for which I am also very grateful. Please pass on our many thanks for the combined efforts of all the ‘Kestrel People’.

    M Annesley – Shipdham
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • I am so pleased with my new kitchen and cannot praise you highly enough. I would have no hesitation in recommending Kestrel to any prospective purchasers. From the earliest consultation full consideration was given to how I wanted my kitchen. Your co-operation, advice and meticulous attention to the smallest detail was excellent. Disruption within my home during the fitting period was kept to an absolute minimum and let me pay tribute to your excellent team – they are superb tradesmen. Many thanks for a job well done!

    Mr Tyce, Thorpe Marriott
    Norwich, Norfolk

  • What a team! You designed my kitchen to maximise the space available with a quality product, craftsman made to high standards through to fitting and excellent customer service. Thank you to all concerned you deserve continued success!

    Mrs Carman, Blofield
    Norwich, Norfolk