‘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

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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.

get­ting started

‘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.

Build­ing WORK

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

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