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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 (ursulatucker.com — website available from the end of November). Steel Symphony by Dulux (dulux.co.uk) by All Metal Roofing using VMZinc Plus standing seam zinc (allmetalroofing.co.uk) Secto 4200 ceiling lights in black laminated birch from John Lewis (johnlewis.com) Torres Wool Kilim from West Elm (westelm.co.uk)
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”