Real home: a modern rear extension with a Scandinavian design

After waiting for their dream property to go up for sale, Marika and James Frost added a rear extension to create a clever contrast between old and new

Project notes

The owners: Marika Frost, a lecturer in art history, lives here with her husband James, a finance director, and their daughter, Alina, 10, and cats Coco and Hufflepuff

Marika and James Frost waited five years for a house to come up for sale on the street they now call home. They’d had their eye on a Victorian semi-detached house that they could modernise throughout, including a contemporary rear extension.

Working with architect Allister Godfrey, they designed a spacious rear extension to become a new kitchen-diner and snug, while the old kitchen was split into a utility room, cloakroom and a playroom for the couple’s daughter Alina. As Marika is originally from Finland, she was keen to create a pared-back, practical scheme with wooden finishes, as well as a good link to the outdoors.

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With a dated bay window extension built in the 1970s and an old Victorian lean-to traditionally used to house the WC, the house was in need of modernisation to create the open-plan kitchen-diner Marika and James wanted. In contrast to the classic-style front façade, the rear extension, clad in Prelaq Nova sheet, brings a new, modern look to the property. 

scandinavian style rear extension

The bespoke kitchen, made by joiner Paul Yates, features tall painted tulipwood cabinetry and base cupboards and an island made from oak left unpainted to allow the beauty of the wood to become a focus. 

scandi style interior in a rear extension

The island features a Yukon suede Silestone worktop and walnut surface by Paul Yates at the breakfast bar. Handles, Ged Kennett. Bar stools, Pinch. Range cooker, Lacanche. Extractor, Neff. Fridge, Liebherr. Sink, Franke. Taps, Hansgrohe. Pendant lights, Diesel. The Benchmark dining table is made from elm and has patinated bronze legs. Dining chairs, De La Espada in London. Clerestory windows by Vision Rooflights

scandinavian interior in a rear extension

The L-shaped, open-plan rear extension features a central kitchen island with breakfast bar designed by joiner Paul Yates. The flooring is Iconic white matt tiles from Minoli. Rooflights Vision Rooflights

kitchen snug in a rear extension

Marika is originally from Finland so likes a pared-back Scandi-style interior. The scheme includes many pieces brought back from Finland, including this lounge chair and side table, gifted to her by her parents

Victorian semi with a rear extension

As the property is in a Conservation Area, the porch extension, is in keeping with the original, Victorian design, which contrasts with the modern extension to the rear

Images: Adam Carter

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