After three years of living in a one-bedroom flat in Wandsworth, Anjali and Dru Patel were longing for their larger forever home, where they could start a family.
The owners: Anjali Patel, communications coordinator for a children’s charity, lives her with her husband Dru, a business consultant, and their baby twins, Bodhi and Krish
The property: A three-bedroom, semi-detached Victorian house
Total project cost: £85,000
So they looked further afield to Berkshire. The house had a boxy layout, with too may walls and doors, which didn’t suit the couples love of open-plan living.
The couple worked with architect Martyn Kiy to design the six-metre extension, with bi-fold doors and skylights, bringing in plenty of light. They did a lot of the work themselves, with the help of family and friends, and local builders found on Gumtree, to create a stylish, open-plan home that’s perfect for their growing family.
Maxine is a freelance interior stylist and writer. She can be found blogging on her site We Love Home, where she covers the latest trends and her own projects in her Victorian terrace in Brighton where she lives with her dog Teddy.