Clare, a speech & language therapist and mother-of-three, remodelled her downstairs space to create an open-plan kitchen-diner
The kitchen layout was awkward and didn’t flow naturally into the dining room, explains Clare of the four-bedroom detached house in London she and her husband, Mark, moved into 20 years ago.
“An archway had already been made to connect the kitchen and dining room but the galley kitchen was too cramped for modern appliances. You couldn’t get in or out the back door if the dishwasher was open. There was a lot of wasted space in a boarded-up larder behind the cupboards.
“My aim was to open up the space to make better use of the storage and allow me to be involved with whatever is going on at the table while I am cooking, for example to supervise homework.”
A builder she hired on recommendation from a neighbour removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room. A structural engineer was commissioned to specify a RSJ (rolled steel joint) to shore up the walls and ceiling around the demolished wall of the 1920s property.
The old kitchen had cracked, terracotta tiles which were difficult to keep clean. The builder retiled the floor in natural stone tiles. Clare didn’t re-use any of their old pine kitchen cupboards. Instead she bit the bullet and went for a completely new kitchen from a local builder merchants.
The finished remodelled kitchen
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