Kitchen. Monday , September 25th , 2017 - 16:36:52 PM
Despite searching for kitchen units at several of the big retailers, the couple found very few options they liked. ‘We wanted a matt finish and were aiming for a relaxed feel, rather than anything too sleek or stark,’ they say. In the end, the pair found just what they were searching for at a company called Mereway. To add a sense of fun, three yellow pendant have been positioned above the island, which play along nicely with the sunshine theme.
After hiring an architect, the pair made a start on the renovations. The biggest challenge was how to reconfigure the middle of the house. ‘The wall between the front living room and the dining room had been removed by the previous owners, so we reinstated it to create a “grown-up” lounge,’ say the couple. ‘We then allocated the darkest space for a downstairs cloakroom and storage.
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.
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