Room of the Week: A Light Kitchen Extension Transforms a Victorian Flat
Adding a full-width extension to this ground-floor Victorian flat has created an open, peaceful living space with garden views
‘When my wife Lina and I bought the property two years ago, it had a very shabby kitchen at the back,’ he says. ‘We demolished this and an old bathroom, then made a full-width opening in the wall and extended back.’ This new space allowed Zakevicius to rethink the rest of the flat, too, creating two bedrooms and a bathroom in the original Victorian part of the property. ‘We moved all the living space to the rear to be near the garden,’ he says. ‘We have a nice connection with the outside now and it’s very quiet. Life is good at the back!’
Who lives here Architect Paulius Zakevicius and his wife, Lina
Property A ground-floor flat in a late Victorian terrace
Location North London
Year renovated 2015
Architect Paulius Zakevicius of Flik Design
Size 6.8m x 5.4m; part of a flat with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom
The new extension at the rear of the flat offers privacy as well as space. ‘We have neighbours above the bedrooms, but not here at the back,’ says Paulius Zakevicius. ‘It’s more private and quiet here.’
Brass pendant lights hang over the central workspace. ‘We wanted to add in an extra material here, either concrete, copper or brass,’ Zakevicius says. The lights are suspended from the wall over the units, rather than from the ceiling. ‘If they were hanging from the ceiling, it would make the light fall quite far back in the kitchen,’ he says. ‘Here, they’re more useful. They are just above head height and not too big, so they don’t block the view through to the garden.’
Flori brass pendant lights, Rowen & Wren.
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Kitchen cabinets, Ikea.
Zakevicius designed the wall lights himself. ‘I thought, what if you just stuck two bulbs in the wall?’ he says. ‘I asked the electrician to fit sockets, then we added mirrored bulbs to give soft, shaded light.’
Pendant lights, Nordlux at Divine Lighting.
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These sliding doors have just three sections, with the central piece sliding for access to the garden. ‘They are enjoyable to use and this opens to the garden more than enough,’ says Zakevicius. ‘The idea of the seamless transition still works, and this is less draughty than fully open folding doors can be.’
Zakevicius used simple, pre-treated roofing battens to clad the garden wall. ‘It was a cost-effective solution,’ he says.
The midcentury Danish dining chairs sit around an oak table sourced on eBay.
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