3 A clever extention
In 2008 Gail and Cory added an extension to the rear of the home to accommodate the requirements of a growing family. The kitchen and adjoining living area were proving too small. They briefly considered adding a loft conversion but cost estimates made that option uneconomical. They engaged an architect to ensure the planned addition did not detract from the villa’s original style. The extension’s roof and windows follow the same lines as the original structure, making it difficult to distinguish the old from the new. French doors from the new living space open out to a sheltered deck area which is a sun trap all year round.
Prior to extending the back of the home, floor coverings differentiated each zone: lino in the kitchen gave way to carpet in the living area. Now, wooden-look vinyl planking throughout has transformed the space. A freestanding island bench added last year has replaced a trestle table balanced on baked bean cans which served as a stand-in while Gail deliberated over whether to make the installation permanent. “I just wanted to be sure that we wouldn’t regret putting in an island and breaking up the space. It’s great.”