Kay Davidson-kay and Tim Kay replaced an old extension with one twice as big to create a stunning family home that makes the most of its incredible setting
Discover how Kay Davidson-kay and Tim Kay replaced an extension with one twice as big, plus shop bathroom tech
It was like at first sight and love at second for Kay and tim when they walked into their current home, even though the initial viewing circumstances were less than ideal. they visited the early 1900s house on a cold, dark evening and wandered around for only 10 minutes before deciding it was for them. A visit the following day confirmed just how idyllic the location was, with incredible views of rolling countryside in all directions. It already had a single-storey kitchen extension downstairs, and there were three good-sized bedrooms upstairs. ‘It didn’t tick every box but was in good condition,’ says Kay. ‘We didn’t have kids then, so it was definitely big enough, although we thought we’d like an extra bedroom upstairs at some point.’
As their family grew, the couple realised there were some areas where the house was lacking. ‘We spent all our time in the extension, but it was north facing and poorly insulated so always felt cold and dark,’ recalls Kay. ‘the house also felt out of balance as it was spacious downstairs but much smaller upstairs.’ Reluctant to leave the location, they searched for an architect who could make the property work better for them, discovering Keith Renton through the internet. their brief to him included improving the existing extension; creating a lighter kitchen-living-dining space that maximised the views; adding a bedroom, en suite and dressing room upstairs; and a shower room downstairs. the old extension was to be demolished and Keith designed a two-storey side and rear extension, which, although the same footprint as the original addition, required planning permission. this was granted relatively quickly, and the couple hired Crannog Construction, who came highly recommended by friends, to build it.
to escape the noise and disruption during the six months it took to complete the work, the family moved into rented accommodation less than half an hour’s drive away. ‘Keith agreed to project-manage and we had fortnightly site meetings and regular visits to check on progress,’ says Kay.
Kitchen designer Isobel Macintyre, from Vidaco, worked with the couple on the perfect layout for their new open-plan space. ‘We originally wanted an island but she suggested a peninsular breakfast bar, so whoever’s cooking feels part of whatever is happening elsewhere in the room,’ recalls Kay. White-limed oak flooring and wenge wall cladding help to link the spaces together and complement the grey and white gloss units. the rest of the open-plan space is neutrally decorated, allowing the views outside – framed by bespoke glazing, including a picture window and corner window – to take centre stage.
‘By living here for years and working out exactly what needed to be done, and then working with a wonderful team, we’ve created a beautiful, practical space perfect for us,’ says Kay. ‘this is certainly our forever home.’