A little patience and perseverance are what resulted in Emma and Ian now having their perfect family home. This four-bedroom 1950s detached house in Aylesbury had a kitchen layout that the couple found impractical, and a garage which was too small for their car. So, rather than extending, the couple decided to do a garage conversion and make better use of the space they already had.

They converted their garage and knocked through into the dining room to create a spacious kitchen-diner.  They also used this space for a utility room and cloak room separated by a stud wall, transforming their unused garage into a more usable space.

Project Notes

The owners: Emma Fisher, an associate director at a marketing agency, lives here with her husband, Ian, who works for a security solutions company, and their two sons, Archie, nine, and Dexter, six, and their dachshunds, Pancake and Chilli.

The property: A four-bedroom, 1950s detached house in Aylesbury

Total project cost: £48,850

Aluminium bi-fold doors and a new rooflight help bring light into the kitchen-diner and create a link to the garden

Pendant lights are by Tom Dixon at Heal’s

For a similar kitchen, try Metris. The appliances are from Smeg, the wooden work surface is from Worktop Express

Emma asked the builder to create an exposed brick wall with brick slips from Reclaimed Brick Tile. The red heart wall light is from England at Home in Brighton. For a similar radiator, try Aestus

Table and benches are from Design Shack Interiors, bar stools are from Ebay

Emma and Ian transformed the space they had, using bi-fold doors to open up their kitchen-diner to the garden

Engineered wooden flooring from Karndean warms up the interior and also creates a sense of flow between the living spaces. The large clock is from Cargo

A handleless grey and white kitchen with a combination of tall, base and wall units provides plenty of storage space and works with the angular shape of the room

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