‘It’s a wel­com­ing and friendly space now’

Louise and Ry­land Mor­gans ex­tended their small kitchen and swapped a se­vere, mono­chrome scheme for a warm, char­ac­ter­ful coun­try look suited to fam­ily life and en­ter­tain­ing friends

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HOW louise AND RY­LAND DID it

‘We lived with the old kitchen for more than two years and, al­though it was func­tional, it just wasn’t our style. For a large house, the kitchen was dis­pro­por­tion­ately small. We de­cided to knock to­gether the kitchen and the ad­join­ing util­ity, and add an ex­ten­sion. Oriel Ar­chi­tects de­signed the struc­ture and the project took six months. Chalk­house Kitchens painted and in­stalled the units for £2,800, and our de­signer was will­ing to use email and Skype to keep the project on track. I wanted a style that would suit our Ed­war­dian home, but with a mod­ern twist. I ini­tially con­sid­ered a dark navy fin­ish, but wor­ried that it would date too quickly. I love the new de­sign and the warm, or­ganic ma­te­ri­als we’ve used. It looks like it’s al­ways been here.’

What WE LEARNED

“It’s es­sen­tial to fac­tor in a healthy con­tin­gency fund, as we dis­cov­ered. De­spite the un­ex­pected ex­pense of a struc­tural sup­port beam that was re­quired across the length of the kitchen, we kept to our bud­get, be­cause we had put aside the ex­tra money, just in case”

‘MAK­ING THE ROOM LARGER GAVE US ENOUGH SPACE TO HAVE AN ISLAND UNIT FOR GUESTS AND FAM­ILY TO GATHER AROUND,’ SAYS LOUISE. ‘BE­FORE, EV­ERY­ONE WOULD BE IN THE LIV­ING ROOM, SO THE KITCHEN AL­WAYS FELT ISO­LATED’

Shaker units, £480 for a 600mm base unit; solid oak work­top, £300 per lin­ear m; all Chalk­house In­te­ri­ors. Units painted in Corn­forth White es­tate eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Far­row & Ball

rise & fall lights TRA­DI­TIONAL FRENCHSTYLE CE­RAMIC LIGHT­ING CAN BE RAISED OR LOW­ERED, AS NEEDED Ideal Home loves Mul­ti­func­tional is­lands A cen­tre island with open shelv­ing gives easy ac­cess to every­day crock­ery, plus bar-style seat­ing

ABOVE ‘I NEEDED A SPACE AT THE ISLAND WHERE THE BOYS CAN EAT OR SIT WITH THEIR COLOUR­ING BOOKS,’ SAYS LOUISE. ‘I PRE­FER THEM TO BE IN SIGHT WHEN I’M IN THE KITCHEN, AND THE OLD ROOM DIDN’T WORK IN THIS RE­SPECT’

Cobb Rise and Fall pendants, £215 each, Orig­i­nal BTC. Er­col Orig­i­nals bar stools, £169 each, Hun­ters Fur­ni­ture. Ted Todd Classic Whin­fell en­gi­neered oak floor­ing, £90.85 per sq m, RR Stone

‘MY OLD GLASS HOB WAS HARD TO CLEAN,’ SAYS LOUISE. ‘THIS TRA­DI­TIONAL-STYLE RANGE HAS ALL MOD CONS, AS WELL AS THE LOOK I WAS AF­TER’ Pro­fes­sional 100 + range cooker, £1,600, Range­mas­ter HAND­SOME HOOD HIDES THE BIG EX­TRAC­TOR NEEDED TO SERVE THE RANGE COOKER

ABOVE ‘I USED WHITE METRO TILES FOR THE SPLASH­BACK TO GIVE A CLEAN LOOK WITH A MOD­ERN TWIST,’ SAYS LOUISE

Mini Metro white gloss tiles, £30.22 per sq m, Tons Of Tiles. Oys­ter Quartz Car­rara Clas­sico work­tops, £360 per m, Cardiff Mar­ble

A PULL-OUT RACK FILLS A SPARE FEW INCHES IN A RUN OF UNITS

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