A little patience and perseverance resulted in Emma and Ian Fisher's ideal open-plan kitchen diner. Their four-bedroom 1950s detached house in Aylesbury originally had a kitchen layout that the couple found impractical, and a garage which was too small for their car. So, rather than extending, the couple decided to do a garage conversion and make better use of the space they already had.
They converted their garage and knocked through into the dining room to create a spacious kitchen-diner. They also used the garage area to create a utility room and cloak room separated by a stud wall, transforming a previously unused area of the house into plenty of valuable space.
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The owners: Emma Fisher, an associate director at a marketing agency, lives here with her husband, Ian, who works for a security solutions company, and their two sons, Archie, nine, and Dexter, six, and their dachshunds, Pancake and Chilli.
The property: A four-bedroom, 1950s detached house in Aylesbury
Total project cost: £48,850