To get the project underway the lean-to conservatory was removed first. This paved the way for the builders to be able to dig down so they could create the three metre high ceiling. They had to underpin the original rear wall, which is where Beri and Julie’s emergency ‘piggy bank’ came to good use. “We discovered that the house needed to be underpinned in four places, which added £12,000 to the project cost,” explains Julie. “It’s a good job we organised a contingency budget.” Improvisation also played its part in creating a feature they did not quite have in mind. The exposed brick wall, which adds real character, provides a unique cooker splashback when covered with a glass mount. Beri explains: “It was actually an accident, as the feature brick wall was built far too long.” She continues: “Instead of cover- ing it with tiles, we improvised and kept it how it is, it makes a lovely alternative.”


It took Beri and Julie nine months to complete the project. They now have a modern dining area with traditional and contemporary features, perfect

for hosting family and friends. “When I saw the finished space, it felt like I was in a new house,” says Julie. Beri agrees: “It feels peaceful and in perfect harmony with the soul of the original

house.” With plenty of time to plan, a backup budget in place and surprises taken in their stride, their new kitchen- dining area has truly transformed the home.


“The clients decided to refurbish their property to create a modern, minimal family home. They wanted to extend into the garden and to the side of the kitchen to create a large living space, filled with natural light, and to make a better connection with the garden. The final design by Granit Architects has opened-up the ground floor significantly, opening up a large space in the kitchen dining room and providing a level threshold with the garden to create a seamless connection from inside to out. A large L-shaped roof light now sits above the kitchen and dining room, flooding the space with light. A reclaimed bandstand column has been used rather than a steel across the back of the house to support the upper floors and to enable the roof light’s dramatic change of direction. This almost suggests the house is floating above the kitchen.

Full width steel framed windows and doors were added to the rear to help flood the room with afternoon light and marry with the garden beyond. This also created an industrial aesthetic, alongside the reclaimed column and exposed brick walls, giving the space a unique quality both in terms of shape and finish. The exposed bricks are brand new and not existing stock, which allowed the wall to run straight into floor without the need for skirting boards. Throughout the house, materials were chosen to provide modernity but with a reference to industry and classics, such as parquet flooring in the hall and living room.”

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