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The Manuka Cottage

Today’s trip was a throwback trip! The guys had built and fitted The Manuka Cottage kitchen just over a year ago, however I felt we didn’t have enough photos of this beautiful kitchen, so I got in touch with LB to arrange to go round and take a look at a Minerva Kitchen one year later!

A little bit of history about LB and Craig’s Minerva journey.

LB and Craig’s journey started when they decided to build their own home with Oakwrights. Oakwrights design and build bespoke oak framed homes as well as garden building, garages and extensions.

We know that planning and building a bespoke kitchen comes with a lot of choices and we can’t even imagine the mammoth task of having the plan and build your dream home and all the choices that come with that. So, once they found their plot, planned their layout and started the building works they then started looking at individual rooms within their new home.

It was really important to LB and Craig to use local companies, so after doing a bit of research they came across us! After a visit to our showroom and meeting the guys, they knew that a Minerva kitchen was what they wanted in their forever home.

Their knowledge, passion and willingness was so refreshing, and we came away from every meeting even more excited! Matt was fantastic at getting us to think about how we wanted to use the space, where we should splash out on materials and where we could save.”

LB & Craig had already settled on a shaker-style kitchen with a timeless and elegant design, so naturally they were drawn to our Bologna collection.

Our Bologna is based on the shaker kitchen with the additional elegant touch of pencil beading that is around all of the doors and drawers.

Whilst we got a couple of initial photos after the kitchen was fitted, I decided that I wanted to see what a Minerva kitchen looked like one year later and to get a full set of snaps of The Manuka Cottage kitchen.

So fast forward about a year after the kitchen had been fitted and I was on my way to meeting LB!

Considering the house is just off quite a busy road in Hereford, it’s like a little slice of heaven when you pull in, as you are surrounded by stunning self-built homes, you really felt like you were in a little bubble.

I was greeted by four little paws called Margot, who just loved cuddles and was very intrigued to have a house guest (or a play toy)!

The kitchen was even more amazing in person than the photo’s I have previously seen. I think what makes it even better was that the kitchen was lived in yet still looked brand new, aside from a few natural movement cracks, that can be easily touched up with a bit of paint.

LB had also just finished deciding on what splashback tiles she wanted behind her oven and they certainly add a pop of colour into the mix, I absolutely love them.

After taking hundreds (yes, that’s plural) of photos of their beautiful kitchen, we had to take some obligatory doggo photo’s of Margot! She’s such a little cutie.

Click below to take a look at a Minerva kitchen one year on…

Tune in next week for my next adventure out of the office!



P.S for all those who can't quite believe that our kitchens look this good one year on. There were no cosmetic touch ups in photoshop, just a touch of brightening and contrast adjustment!


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