‘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

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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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