Averyl Dufour. Kitchen. May 08th , 2018.
Combining a tiny kitchen and an adjoining dining room, then extending out, has given the owners a huge all-in-one space that suits their sociable lifestyle. The owners moved into their four-bed semi in 2014 and, after a year of dreaming up their perfect kitchen, they hired a builder, who came highly recommended by friends, to extend 5m into the garden. ‘We hit a snag when we found out that the roots of a protected oak tree in our garden were threatening to damage the new foundations, so we had to have the extension underpinned,’ say the couple. ‘This really ate into our budget, so we had to prioritise. The granite worktops were our big splurge, but we shopped around for bargains for the rest of the room.
Paint an island, make your kitchen island a focal point by painting it in a deep-blue hue. This shade tones beautifully with the chocolate-brown grain of walnut and other dark woods throughout the space. Pendants hung above the island provide much-needed task lighting, while emphasising the importance of the island at the same time.
When it came to the kitchen layout, the owners moved the cooking zone against the wall. They also decided to start with high units, moving lower with the peninsula, dining table and sofa, for a pleasing sight line. Building a small side return extension has added width to the space and four Velux windows in this newer part of the building, plus sliding glass doors, allow the light to flood in.
Rather than buying new appliances the owners re-used what they had. But it wasn’t purely a financial decision. ‘Our dishwasher and fridge-freezer were fairly new, and we didn’t want everything to look shiny, new and modern,’ they explain. ‘It was important to achieve a homely feel.