After an ambitious two-storey extension to Nicola Wilkes and Stuart Davies’ 1960s home left them squeezed for funds, the couple had to get creative when it came to installing a new kitchen at the end of their renovation project.
They couldn’t ignore the fact that, as a family of five, they needed to update the crumbling kitchen. This was where the couple decided to strip back their ideas, creating a design in keeping with Nicola’s love of Scandinavian interiors. ‘We kept the basics plain and simple, opting for a reasonable kitchen then spending a bit more on finishing touches, such as the tiles, kitchen lighting and furniture,’ she says.
Nicola Wilkes, owner of online interiors shop House Envy, and her husband Stuart Davies, an IT consultant, live here with their children, Ruby, 10, Imogen, five, and baby Jack
A four-bedroom 1960s house in Llantwit Major, South Wales
‘It’s lovely to spend time in. During the summer we have the bi-fold doors open, and in winter we have lanterns all along the window, which gives a cosy glow. We are so pleased with our new space – it really works for us.’ Says Nicola.
Building work/extension: £59,000
Words – Nicola Davies