I’ve finally got to the end of my 9 year renovation project/ongoing labour of love and wanted to share these photos of the newly complete kitchen extension which has replaced the old leaky conservatory (obviously it’ll never actually be over as there’s always something needing attention in a period property such as this but for now I can kid myself it’s all done!)
It was always on the cards to replace the 90’s UPVC addition but as it was still perfectly habitable the task kept sliding down the list behind far sexier issues like replacing the flat roof and render! I’m delighted with the end result, particularly the vaulted ceiling and this view from the picture window.
I went for a simple build of timber and blockwork, which has then been clad in timber boards which I think sit comfortably with the existing Georgian and Victorian parts of the house. Luckily there were no first floor windows above the old conservatory so we could go to double height without too much drama. The Steel Conservation Windows tie in with the ones used previously in the loft and allow the light to flood in. As you can see from the before pics, it is a huge improvement, and a lot less leaky!
I added some extra Kitchen units, topped with old Scaffold Boards (actually the floor from our last London Store) as this space leads straight off the Kitchen. The vaulted ceiling is clad in tongue and groove boards and in keeping with the rest of the house the entire space has been sprayed white.
The doors are aluminium and open from both sides to improve the flow into the various garden spaces. The flooring is natural stone tiles, and all the lighting and furniture is from Design Vintage. As the house is used for photo shoots via a Locations Agency, it was important to keep the space light and airy with plenty of space.
Outside I chose Cedar Shingles for the roof which are already fading to a beautiful pale colour.
As with all building projects, this wasn’t without it’s stresses and drama (particularly as I put my amazing builders under pressure to complete it quickly) but everyone is really enjoying the new space which has made a huge difference to the feel of the house. Some final landscaping to the back garden has finished it off nicely and has really encouraged us to be more social in our use of the outside space. Just as well really as having finally reached the end of this renovation journey I’m definitely in need of wine .. much wine!
Do let me know what you think and if I can answer any questions or help with anything at all just let me know!