A light-filled extension with a sprinkling of classic and reclaimed features has resulted in a stylish kitchen-diner
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“The clients moved to this house a year before the extension was built and they knew pretty quickly that they needed extra space on the ground floor,” says Jeremy Westcott, owner of Westcott Construction, a building contractor that was responsible for the entire build and much of the kitchen’s design. “The property is a 1980s townhouse and it was in need of a contemporary look.” This included the kitchen, which was short on space and felt dark, dated and dingy.
The solution was a light and airy, single-storey extension to house a modern, open-plan living, dining and kitchen space with easy access to the garden.
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here A retired couple
Location Southsea, Portsmouth
Size of the extension 25 sq m; part of a semi-detached, three-storey, 1980s townhouse with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
Architect Carl Leroy-Smith
Design and build Jeremy Westcott of Westcott Construction
The house already had a small extension but this was replaced with a larger, 25 sq m version. The new extension features large glass doors and windows on three walls and a full opening to the house on the fourth.
“The clients wanted a modern, light extension that gave them direct access to the garden,” explains Westcott. “It needed to provide kitchen, living and dining space and be a safe, open area for when their young grandchildren visit, but also a stylish, comfortable place for them to live and entertain in.”
The grey-toned, sophisticated palette is warmed up with splashes of citrus accents and classic, vintage pieces. The dining table is vintage Habitat and was bought in the 1970s, while the chairs are Ercol, which were passed on from parents who bought them in the 1960s.
Before the extension was built, the kitchen only had room for a small table. “The original kitchen had an abundance of units and felt dark and heavy,” explains Westcott. “The owners wanted a more open feel to the space, which was achieved with a lighter colour and limed oak flooring that flows throughout the whole of the ground floor.
“We used standard cabinets, but added a wow factor with marble worktops, reclaimed scaffold boards for the end panels and feature lighting.”
The light shades were bought over the last 30 years from various junk shops and were used in the owners’ previous, Victorian house. Here, they’ve been revamped and recycled, with new ceiling roses and flex from Jim Lawrence, to create a quirky feature over the island unit.
Tewkesbury Skye units, Howdens.
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The owners favour various shades of grey, so a mix of grey and yellow quickly emerged as the colour palette for the ground floor space.
The grey G Plan sofa is warmed up with shots of yellow to tie in with the striped rug and pretty paper bird mobile in the corner. The silver-coloured log burner adds a distinct Scandinavian air to the space.
“The panelling behind the log burner is made from MDF,” explains Westcott. “From a technical perspective, it had to be fire-proof board, but after painting it, you can’t see the difference.”
G Plan sofa, Design House Southsea. Rug, John Lewis. C-series log burner, Charnwood.
Large glass windows lead out to a covered veranda and allow masses of natural light to pour into the space.
“The windows are a fantastic product by Velfac,” says Westcott. “They’re timber on the inside and aluminium on the outside.”
The light is enhanced with a sizeable flat roof light, which is framed by downlighters that are split into zones and are dimmable.
The coffee table is a junk shop find, which has been painted to suit the overall scheme.
Walls painted in Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball.
The Shaker-style painted kitchen has masses of personality, thanks to the quirky pendant lights, reclaimed scaffold panels and bookcase, which add a rustic element to the design.
“The aim was to make the kitchen look far more expensive than it actually was,” says Westcott. “We really enjoy using reclaimed materials to make a customer’s kitchen unique.”
The engineered oak flooring adds to the rusitc feel and was finished with a matt oil after fitting.
Appliances, Bosch. Lalegno Loire engineered oak floors, City Wood Floors.
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The extension leads out seamlessly to a cedar-decked veranda.
A corner between the extension and the existing house has been finished with an attractive gravelled area and potted plants.
Westcott Construction built and designed the full-length veranda, which stretches along the rear wall of the house.
“The veranda is a treated timber structure, with a slate roof and patent glazed roof lights,” says Westcott.
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