WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
KATE JOHNSON and her partner Ben Walters and Neil Shelford and his partner Rohan Pynor teamed up to extend their adjoining former silk workers’ cottages in Bethnal Green, thus avoiding those all-too-common disputes with the neighbours.
They both enlarged their kitchens, with Kate and Ben taking up a side return while Neil and Rohan extended into their garden. Kate and Ben then added an extra bedroom above, so they could start a family, while Rohan and Neil enlarged existing rooms to give themselves more living space. Both couples added about £300,00 to the value of their homes
Neil and Rohan wanted extra living space, while Ben and Kate created an additional bedroom above their extended kitchen, right, so they could start a family
Main picture: left to right, next-door neighbours Neil Shelford and Rohan Pynor, with Kate Johnson and Ben Walters outside their period silk weavers’ cottages in Bethnal Green