‘Free­stand­ing units keep It ca­sual’

Stylist at Home Jil­lian, 46, ex­tended her kitchen and gave it a laid-back coun­try look with stand­alone cab­i­nets and painted fur­nish­ings

Style at Home (UK) - - Love It Kitchen Makeover -

With our sons, Jack and Ryan, rapidly tak­ing up more and more space, my hus­band Jim and I re­alised it was time to start look­ing for a big­ger house that could be­come our for­ever home,’ says Jil­lian.

‘We wanted a prop­erty in a good lo­ca­tion with the po­ten­tial to ex­tend, and I’d al­ways fan­cied a free­stand­ing kitchen, so when we spot­ted this place on­line it ticked all of the boxes. The fact that it had a large south­fac­ing gar­den was the ic­ing on the cake. It pro­vided us with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend back from the rear wall with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the boys’ out­side space.

Just five weeks af­ter we moved in, we started work. The kitchen had al­ready been ex­tended by the pre­vi­ous own­ers, but it was still quite small. The eas­i­est and most cost-ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate space was to move the rear wall back three me­tres and re­move an in­ter­nal wall. Luck­ily, we didn’t need plan­ning per­mis­sion as the ex­ten­sion was within per­mit­ted devel­op­ment.

Build­ing be­gins

Work started in Oc­to­ber 2012 and took 11 weeks. When the foun­da­tions went in, I was wor­ried it wasn’t big enough, but as the walls went up, I soon re­alised it was much larger than ex­pected. We lived in the prop­erty through­out and stay­ing in a dust-filled house was a chal­lenge. Luck­ily, we were able to use the util­ity room as a makeshift kitchen, and the boys loved the fact that we had to get lots of take­aways.

Ev­ery­thing ran smoothly un­til a builder dis­cov­ered a load-bear­ing post that was go­ing to be costly and prob­lem­atic to re­move, so we ended up tweak­ing our plans to in­cor­po­rate it. In­stead, an­other post was fit­ted close by so it could be­come a false chim­ney breast for the multi-fuel

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