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open-plan kitchen-diner and liv­ing area, with two sep­a­rate bed­rooms and a bath­room, mak­ing it easy to rent out.

The cou­ple’s clever re­con­fig­u­ra­tion means that the prop­erty’s over­all square footage has been en­larged and their own pro­por­tion of it works harder than be­fore. “The key has been to keep cir­cu­la­tion space min­i­mal,” says Ur­sula. “In­stead we’ve used ev­ery inch to cre­ate a prac­ti­cal fam­ily home. Plus the roof ter­race has given us the gar­den that we never re­ally had. Now it’s a home that works for us on ev­ery level.” Ur­sula Tucker (ur­su­ — web­site avail­able from the end of Novem­ber). Steel Sym­phony by Du­lux (du­ by All Metal Roof­ing us­ing VMZinc Plus stand­ing seam zinc (all­met­al­roof­ Secto 4200 ceil­ing lights in black lam­i­nated birch from John Lewis (john­ Tor­res Wool Kilim from West Elm (

Mod­ern retro: wood brings warmth to the kitchen-diner, while the Tuck­ers splashed out on a mar­bled stone counter for the float­ing side­board that “looks great against the oak doors and white walls” Ar­chi­tect: Paint colour on kitchen cab­i­nets: Zinc roof: Din­ing area light­ing: Geo­met­ric rug in liv­ing room:

“The gar­den we never had”: Ur­sula says the fam­ily use the ter­race as much as pos­si­ble. “In sum­mer the doors are al­ways open. And in the win­ter we can en­joy the light and views”

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