Real home: a two storey kitchen extension

A full-width extension gave Natasha Avery the space to design a versatile new kitchen, dining and living space for her and her family

Project Notes

The Owners: Natasha Avery, an interior designer, lives here with her husband, Brett, managing director of a plant nursery, their two sons, Jacob, 13, Henry, 11, and Pippi the cockapoo.

The property: A four-bedroom detached house built in the 1960s in Farnham, Kent.

Total project cost: £11,161 for the kitchen

After spending 19 years in New Zealand, the Averys were used to bigger living spaces. When they came back to England, they knew they would struggle to match that.

Having started an interior design business while living in New Zealand, Natasha was full of ideas about how she wanted her new home to look. They transformed the detached house by adding a full-width, two-storey extension to the back. This gave them extra bedroom and bathroom space upstairs, and also meant that Natasha could create a large open-plan living space perfect for family life.

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The new rear extension meant the family could have a kitchen-living-dining area that ran the width of the house


Natasha loves indigo – the Bend sofa is from B&B Italia. CH25 chair designed by Hans Wegner, Carl Hansen & Son. The coffee table was brought over from New Zealand


Natasha knew she wanted a black kitchen and bought this one on sale from Wren a year before it was actually installed


The family brought the table and chairs over from New Zealand



Two sets of glazed sliding doors to the garden keep the space flooded with light


A kitchen island was an essential feature for Natasha as it adds an extra area for prep and help zone the open-plan space. Worktops, Worktop Express. Schock Primus sink, Amazon. Tap, Grohe. Stools, John Lewis. Astro Lighting Osca light, Ocean Lighting

Images: Katie Lee

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