Real Homes - - NEWS - Beth Mur­ton Act­ing Editor @Beth­mur­ton

There’s noth­ing quite like the ar­rival of spring to make you look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes. Leav­ing be­hind the dark win­ter days gives you re­newed en­thu­si­asm for tack­ling long over­due DIY jobs, per­haps fi­nally up­dat­ing a key room with a new paint colour or dec­o­rat­ing scheme, or even plan­ning a larger ren­o­va­tion project. For me, the thought of ex­tend­ing our kitchen has been at the back of my mind since ren­o­vat­ing our 1930s home six years ago. At the time, our bud­get didn’t stretch to adding ex­tra space, but we now long for a big­ger room that is bet­ter suited to the de­mands of busy fam­ily life. Read­ing this month’s in-depth guides to plan­ning a kitchen ex­ten­sion (page 96) and how to bring in more light with new win­dows (page 107) has fi­nally mo­ti­vated me to draw up a wish­list and get in touch with an ar­chi­tect to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial de­sign of the new space. Top pri­or­ity is more stor­age, closely fol­lowed by a cen­tral is­land unit and, if bud­get al­lows, a state­ment win­dow with a built-in bench seat over­look­ing the gar­den. So, what­ever the new sea­son has in store for your home, I hope this is­sue gives you just as much in­spi­ra­tion for your up­com­ing project, no mat­ter how big or small. Happy plan­ning!

The own­ers of this Ed­war­dian house have trans­formed their space by adding a light­filled, open-plan ex­ten­sion. See the stun­ning re­sults on page 54

Think­ing of up­dat­ing your win­dows? Turn to page 107 for the lat­est de­signs

Up­date any space with this on-trend pen­dant light, which you’ll find on page 80

I love the use of bold colour and metal­lic touches in this home. Step in­side on page 32

Give your bath­room a splash of per­son­al­ity with a state­ment basin – head to page 86 for more ideas

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