Traditional extension

Adding a single storey side and rear extension to a detached house to transform a small 1970s kitchen into a kitchen-diner. The project cost £60,000.

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Adding a single storey side and rear extension to a detached house to update a dated 1970s kitchen into a spacious kitchen-diner.

The design

A side and rear extension to a detached house

The budget

£60,000

The brief

To transform a small 1970s kitchen into a kitchen-diner

Simon Smith explains how the brief was achieved:

‘The owners asked us to turn the small existing kitchen area into a space where they could cook and still feel connected to family life. With this in mind, we created a discreet side and rear extension that mimics the proportions of the original property and measures 14 metres in length.

‘It forms an open-plan space that spans the front to the rear of the house, with a breakfast room to the front and a kitchen at the back. There is a bespoke roof lantern to bring natural light into the extension, plus glazed double doors to the rear and side now connect the internal area to the tiered garden, improving access to the outside space.

‘As well as installing rooflights, we used reflective materials to maximise the daylight, which is important to the feel of the extended ground-floor space. While most of the ground floor is now open-plan, a separate central area, which receives the least daylight, has been used to create a utility room.’