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The owners: Lola Swift, a textile designer and boutique owner, lives here with her husband, Mike, a management consultant, their children, Lexy, 15; Clara Bella, 12; and Alfie, seven; plus Jessie, the Labradoodle
The property: A six-bedroom semi-detached Edwardian house in Bath
Total project cost: £94,500
Lola and Mike dug down into their existing basement and knocked down internal walls, turning three rooms into one large open-plan space. This created a bright kitchen-living-diner with a separate utility, as well as a detached garage which links to the main house using a glazed extension.
Having lived in the house for a while, they were able to work out how to make the space work best for them, and they worked with Whitebox Architects to draw up the final plans. Neutral kitchens may be timeless, but as a textile designer with a passion for colour, Lola knew she wanted something brighter and bolder for her new space.
Lola wanted a Shaker-style kitchen that would fit the space perfectly, so called on the services of bespoke kitchen designer Tim Doe. The units were then hand painted, bringing a splash of colour into the room and stopping them from looking too new.
Laura is Brand Development Director for Real Homes, focusing on digital content. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 12 years and was Deputy Editor and Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position. She's currently renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire, doing as much as possible on a DIY basis.