A DIY kitchen renovation

By fitting the units and flooring themselves, Gemma and Matt Godfrey saved enough to add high-spec design touches that set their kitchen apart

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Our kitchen hadn’t changed since the house was built,’ says Gemma, ‘We love cooking and entertaining, but it was too small, so we knew we would have to extend to achieve the space that we had in mind.’

Gemma and husband Matt had moved from a smaller property nearby in 2009, choosing their new home for its three generous bedrooms and position near well-regarded local schools. Having redesigned the living room with engineered wood flooring and fresh décor, they were no strangers to renovating, and the kitchen transformation was their next priority.

‘It was a basic galley layout with dated units and nowhere for a dishwasher,’ says Gemma. ‘There was an old-fashioned archway leading through to a little dining area, which was dark and so cramped that we kept the table pushed against the wall when we weren’t using it.’

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The owners: Gemma Godfrey, a development consultant for the Open University, and her husband Matt, who is an engineer, live here with their son Vaughn, four


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The costs

Building costs, including plumbing and electrics£26,000
Kitchen units, sink, tap and worktops£10,500
Bi-fold doors/ Velux windows£5,500
Architect fees£2,200