HELEN VAUGHAN ARCHITECT
This smaller project comprised of renovation of an existing 1990s extension that had become a little tired. The clients originally asked me to provide some concepts for a new kitchen; however, at our initial meeting it become obvious that the existing open-plan kitchen/living/dining area did not meet the needs of the owners and that some careful re-planning was required. By changing the layout and location within the existing space, to a galley kitchen style under the existing bulkhead, a larger dining area could be created in front. This allowed the relocation of the living area to where the dining area was, and the provision of a window seat allows greater utilisation of the existing space. The draughty swing doors and small windows were replaced with sliding doors and large double-glazed picture windows with awning windows above, giving the room a contemporary look. These, together with the new feature gas heater, provide a high level of comfort in winter. The new kitchen is contemporary in style, with Carrara marble tops and splash-back, two-pack lacquer finish. A splash of dark grey on the island bench ties in with the chimney breast to further modernise the look of the room. In the circulation spaces, a new wall creates a corridor and provides sound insulation between the children’s bedrooms and the bathroom, previously opening directly off the living space. The final result is a transformation of space, without adding on an inch, that now functions with utility and comfort for the clients, who can now entertain in style while the children sleep.