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.