Real home: an open plan kitchen extension to a Victorian house

Judith Meager extended her Victorian property into the garden and side return, creating a modern kitchen, living and dining area

Kitchen diner in a Victorian terrace

After downsizing to a small Victorian terraced house from a five-bedroom property, Judith Meager was keen to create more room. As the kitchen was dark with little worktop space, and the garden was a good size, she knew it would be right to replace the old unattractive lean-to, with a single storey extension out into the garden and to the side to create an open-plan kitchen diner.

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wooden bifolds in white kitchen

The bright blue island overlooks the internal courtyard and garden, creating a link between indoors and out. For a similar sofa, try Sofology

Judith turned to architect David Leyden to come up with a design. She wanted to retain the period features of the existing reception rooms, while adding a large, sociable space that incorporated a kitchen, dining and living area, while looking out onto the garden.

white kitchen units

The white kitchen cabinetry with silver finishes is clean and fresh. The worktops and kitchen are both from Sannonside Kitchens. For a similar tap, try Franke

exterior kitchen extension

By extending out to the rear and partly into the side return, Judith has an open-plan kitchen-living-diner. The space is filled with light thanks to glass walls, which also create a link to the garden

wooden round dining table

The dining area is simply furnished with a Mid-century dining table and chairs from The Cross Gallery. The chairs were reupholstered in blue fabric to match the island

blue island and wooden stools

By building to the rear and side, the new L-shaped space features areas for cooking, eating and relaxing. The stools are from CA Design

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Penny is an established interiors stylist and writer. She is also the founder of ChiqueChaque, a company specialising in Swarovski jewellery and lighting design.