‘When we bought this property seven years ago we were thrilled that it came with plenty of land,’ says Jane.’ There was a problem with space inside, however, especially the size of the kitchen – it was too small for our family. There was nowhere to eat together or socialise and the appliances were years old. It needed a complete rethink to turn it into our dream kitchen.’
The couple had an extension in mind, but as they couldn’t afford one straight away, they waited several years until they had saved enough funds to renovate.
Jane and John eventually decided on a double-storey extension, with a spacious kitchen-diner downstairs and an extra bedroom upstairs, bringing the total to five, plus another bathroom.
The owners: Jane and John Field, who manage their own interiors and gifts company called Jonny’s Sister (jonnyssister.co.uk), live here with their children, Hattie, 16, and Henry, 13, and their pet dogs
‘It wasn’t just the kitchen that was too small,’ says Jane. ‘The house wasn’t really big enough for us, especially with two teenagers, but it offered such potential – plus there was its position, with views across the fields. We didn’t think there would be problems with planning permission as there were no neighbours close by.’
One thing the couple were concerned about was that the extension should blend with the traditional style of the main house. They consulted an architect to start the process, bearing in mind that they had a total budget of £100,000, which would include the new kitchen. As the building costs would be substantial, they allocated a maximum of £15,000 for a kitchen.
The couple wanted a kitchen with a country feel and to look as if it had always been that size. Jane came up with a clever solution to the slight difference in height between the old section of the kitchen and their new extension.
‘I bought an old beam from a reclamation yard and put it right across the building line,’ she explains. ‘It only cost £280, but it created an aged effect.’
Jane then started searching online for Shaker-style units at a good price – she found them at a company called Pineland (pineland.co.uk).
‘I went to the showroom to be sure of the quality. We had them painted to order, then they were delivered ready-made for the carpenter to fit,’ she says.
‘An Aga was next on my wish list,’ she adds. ‘We’d had our Aga for years but couldn’t stretch the budget to a new one, so we bought a reconditioned model, which is only about four years old. It’s been re-enamelled and looks as good as new.’
An easy-to-clean tiled floor was essential with two boisterous dogs, and Jane found the perfect tiles in a local shop in Yeovil. She also spotted some handmade tiles in the same colours of their kitchen scheme that would make a great splashback for the Aga, so she bought them too.
The extension runs along the side of the property, with French doors leading to the garden on the lower level, which has created plenty of space for the kitchen-diner.
A pine table and chairs, which Jane saw for sale in a local paper, and a bench are ideal for entertaining. She used their interiors company stock to provide stylish finishing touches and character.
‘This is the perfect country kitchen – it’s just what we wanted,’ says Jane. ‘The extension was so cleverly designed that it looks like it has always been here’
|Fixtures, fittings and appliances||£12,464|
|Furniture and accessories||£518|
|Walls and flooring||£1,556|