Kitchen Tour: A Period Terrace Gains a Light, Open-plan Extension
Careful space planning ensured this addition created a sizeable new living space as well as a generous kitchen-diner
Who lives here? Joanna Surgeoner, Ed Mann and their two children
Location South-west London
Property An end-of-terrace Victorian house with five bedrooms and two bathrooms
Room dimensions 41 sq m
Designer James Bernard of Plus Rooms
Photos by Liane Ryan Photography
The new room is a wraparound addition, occupying the original side return, as well as extending to the rear of the house.
Sizing up from the previous small galley kitchen was important from a functional point of view, but the atmosphere of the space was also crucial. “It was a matter of having a place where people could feel comfortable and connect with the outside,” James says.
He designed the layout with the living space closest to the garden, and tucked the dining area just behind it, so diners can see through to the exterior. “It’s a multi-functional space that’s essentially the heart of the house,” James explains.
The homeowners were eager that the extension didn’t make parts of the original house less useable. “When access is created from the rear reception room of a Victorian terrace, that room often becomes a glorified corridor,” James says.
To avoid this, the lower part of the original opening was blocked up while the top section was glazed to allow light into the room. “It also helps the kitchen, because there’s uninterrupted wall space to accommodate the kitchen units,” James says.
A triangular glass valley in the roof above the sink area brings light into the rear reception room as well as the kitchen.
The original back room of the house – the narrow outrigger – reached only as far as the area to the right (ovens side) of the pendant lights, while the area under the roof lights was previously the side return.
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