‘I Tore It Down And Started Again’
After years of making do, Tanya Dunbar now has her dream kitchen – a sociable, open space filled with light
When Tanya Dunbar moved into her three-bedroom semi in south London two decades ago, she planned to live with its tired old kitchen for just a couple of years. The right time to tackle the job never seemed to arrive, though, and Tanya ended up waiting 18 years for her opportunity to refresh the space. ‘I was desperate for a change, and thought I’d install underfloor heating to get the ball rolling, but when the builder came to survey the job, he suggested knocking the kitchen down and starting again,’ she says.
Following her builder’s advice, Tanya set to work planning a bright and open space. ‘I wanted to make more of the garden, so I opted for floor-to-ceiling glazed doors and added roof lights to flood the room with sunlight,’ she says.
Tanya went for a mix of exposed-brick walls and basalt worktops to give the space an industrial look. ‘I spent ages sourcing every item,’ she says. ‘I love how the kitchen looks now – it’s better than I’d imagined and it makes the garden seem bigger and more accessible.’
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Tanya created her new kitchen
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