‘It’s a great space to hang out in as a fam­ily’

Han­nah and Tim Don­nelly turned three poky rooms into one big kitchen-diner where they can keep an eye on their kids while get­ting stuff done

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How Han­nah and Tim did it

‘Just over a year af­ter mov­ing in, we de­cided to knock the kitchen, din­ing and break­fast rooms to­gether, and ex­tend into the gar­den to cre­ate a big space. The front liv­ing room felt a long way from the kitchen and, al­though it is cosier in there, it doesn’t get a lot of sun, so we wanted this room to be a com­plete con­trast. The whole project took four months, and we were with­out a kitchen for nearly eight weeks. The builders sorted the electrics and plumb­ing, and kitchen com­pany Fac­tory Kitchens & Bed­rooms fit­ted the new units and work­tops for just £800. The orig­i­nal floor­boards were quite dark, so we had them sanded and var­nished for around £700. The re­sult is a re­ally light and airy open-plan space where we can all be do­ing dif­fer­ent things with­out be­ing on top of each other.’

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KNOCK­ING THROUGH AND EX­TEND­ING THE KITCHEN HAS CRE­ATED A BRIGHT AND MUL­TI­FUNC­TIONAL FAM­ILY SPACE. ‘THE DE­SIGN IN­COR­PO­RATED LOTS OF WIN­DOWS, PA­TIO DOORS AND ROOF LIGHTS, WHICH MADE THE ROOM BRIGHT AND AIRY ENOUGH FOR THE DARK-COLOURED KITCHEN WE WANTED,’ SAYS HAN­NAH

Sec­ond Na­ture Mil­bourne units in Hart­forth blue, from £150 for a W600mm base unit, Fac­tory Kitchens & Bed­rooms

‘WE BOUGHT A BLACK COOKER HOOD TO MATCH THE EX­IST­ING RANGE COOKER,’ SAYS HAN­NAH LEIHDC90BC cooker hood, £390, Range­mas­ter range, Ap­pli­ances Di­rect

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