Extending a narrow kitchen

The family living space of this Victorian home is transformed by replacing a conservatory with a full-width single storey extension to create an open-plan ground floor

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‘Living happily in our house for several years, we eventually had to choose between moving or creating more space,’ says Anton. ‘As the boys got older, the way we were living changed, but we didn’t really want to move as we liked the area.’

The family moved into the house in the summer of 2001. Three years ago they added a loft conversion to create another two bedrooms – one as a master bedroom and the other to be used as an office for the couple’s events company.

Fact file

  • The owners: Anton and Helen Jeffery who run their own events company, Float Productions (Floatprod.co.uk), live here with their two sons Tom, 14, and Ollie, 12.
  • The property: A five-bedroom detached Victorian house
  • The location: North Kingston, Surrey
  • What they spent: The couple’s kitchen extension project cost around £87,000

Victorian home before rear extension

Semi-detached Victorian house with rear extension

Dining area in open-plan kitchen extension

Kitchen design

Designing the contemporary-style cabinetry to go along one wall next to a good-sized island meant that the flow of the space wasn’t affected, and there was also room for a wood-burning stove in the chimney breast on the opposite wall. ‘We kept it flush to the wall so that it didn’t intrude into the room space,’ Helen explains.

Rooflights and triple-glazed wooden sash windows were fitted to let in plenty of natural light, along with bi-fold doors to open up the garden space. Anton and Helen also chose a French oak engineered wood floor to add some warmth to the scheme and help visually link the dining, kitchen and living areas. The project took around four months, and the open-plan layout has completely changed the way the family live in the house. ‘We spend much more time as a family now and it’s a great space for parties and entertaining,’ says Helen. ‘As the kitchen is central to the space, it is where everyone naturally gathers, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve.

The costs

Building work, bi-fold doors and rooflights£56,000
Sash windows£3,253
Work surfaces£3,120
Sinks and taps£2,601
Wood-burning stove£1,121