A redesigned open-plan period kitchen

Jo Primrose remodelled her awkwardly shaped period flat by removing partition walls to create an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space

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‘When I decided to relocate to Cheltenham from my house in a village near Reading, I was missing town life,’ says Jo of the reason she wanted to move. ‘My work meant that I wasn’t restricted to any location. I chose Cheltenham because I had always loved it, and knew that its cafés, restaurants and parks – and its proximity to the Cotswold countryside – would really suit my lifestyle.’

Drawn to the splendour of the town’s Georgian architecture, Jo soon found a flat online, located in one of her favourite squares. Although she dismissed it at first for being over budget, and for its complicated layout, this didn’t stop her admiring it from afar when she was passing by some time later. Seeing that there was still a ‘for sale’ sign, she called the estate agent on a whim, discovered that the price had just been reduced, and immediately arranged a second viewing.

Jo still had reservations about the layout, though she was persuaded by the estate agent that the flat was more versatile than she had first thought. ‘I began to see the potential for reconfiguring the space, and so I put in an offer,’ she explains.

Fact file

  • The owner: Jo Primrose, a project manager for a software company
  • The property: A Grade II-listed two-bedroom flat in a townhouse dating from 1832
  • The location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • What she spent: Jo’s project cost around £32,000 

kitchen area before

The costs

Floor sanding and oiling£1,200
Strip out of room (including wall)£1,100
Sink and tap£650

Featured image: Bespoke units made by The Kitchen Workshop provide space for Jo’s books. The dining table, chairs and bar stools all came from her previous home