Extending to double the kitchen space

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We would never have believed it if we had been told that stripping out a dated en suite would lead to us buying a new kitchen, and having such an incredible impact on the rest of our home,’ says Sally. ‘We were wondering how to make the most of the existing bathroom space, and realised that the only way forward was to remodel a large part of the house.’

When the couple first discovered the property back in 1999, they loved its quirky feel, unconventional layout and breathtaking rural location. ‘Although the views from the master bedroom and living room were partly obscured by a large brick chimney breast, we still had a stunning outlook over the countryside towards a number of oast houses,’ says Sally.

Fact File

  • The owners: Sally Marling, who is a garden designer, and her husband Geoff, who runs his own building company, live here with their children, George, 18, and Grace, 17
  • The property: A four-bedroom detached house, built around 1850
  • The location: Near Hadlow, Kent
  • What they spent: The couple’s kitchen and extension project cost around £114,000

kitchen before work

Floorplan before and after work

open plan kitchen space

kitchen with garden access

The costs

Building work£60,000
Kitchen cabinetry£20,000
Bi-fold doors£12,000
Architect’s fees£7,000
Work surfaces£4,800
Underfloor heating£3,400
Floor tiles£1,200