‘I call this my ugly duckling house!’
Caramel Quin bought a doer-upper that had been on the market for a year and gave it a huge rear extension
Newly divorced, Caramel Quin needed to create a family home on a single income. ‘I realised that buying a doer-upper would make the most of my money,’ she says.
‘The kitchen was falling apart and just too small,’ says Caramel, who had quickly spruced up the bedrooms but saved the bulk of her energy and cash for the downstairs space. She hired architect Max Dewdney, who drew up plans to knock through the kitchen and adjoining dining room, and extend by 4m.
Living on site during the build was hard, but had advantages. ‘Being here meant I could manage the project myself. It saved money but it's a lot more work than it sounds and not for the faint-hearted,’ says Caramel.
sorting the storage Caramel
met joiner Jonathan Maker early on in the project to discuss kitchen units and storage for the new
kitchen-diner. ‘I weighed up every option, from Ikea units to solid
timber. I concluded that a bespoke kitchen would last for decades and add value,’ she says. ‘We love the
gorgeous walnut finish.'
after THE REAR OF THE HOUSE WAS EXTENDED AND THE DATED PEBBLEDASH REMOVED
THE HOUSE HAD MORE UPSTAIRS SPACE THAN DOWN before