‘Our old kitchen was literally falling apart by the time we began a ground-floor extension to the back of our house, with a view to creating a large, open-plan kitchen-diner,’ recalls Ray. This building work was the final stage of a house renovation that the couple had first envisaged when they bought their five-bedroom Victorian terrace in a Cardiff suburb, 15 years ago.
‘We had already installed a new bathroom and worked on other rooms intermittently, redecorating as we went along. But as we had bigger plans for the kitchen – knocking down the existing one and extending out into the garden – we knew this had to be the last project on the list.’
‘With a big family, we needed plenty of seating in the kitchen area, as well as a sociable space to grab some breakfast or lunch, or even work at the kitchen table,’ says Sandra. ‘Ray and I wanted to enjoy the garden more, so merging the inside with the outside was an important part of the design brief.’
The main focus of the extension and new kitchen installation was to open up the space, giving the room more length as well as light.
When it came to finding a building team to carry out the extension, as well as fitting the kitchen, Ray and Sandra chose Project One, a company that had completed an extension on the house next door. Project One was prepared to take on the building work, as well as design and install everything from the kitchen to the tiling. The extension project took 12 weeks to complete.
The owners: Ray Singh, a quantity surveyor, and his wife, Sandra, live here with sons, Steve, 24, Jake, 21, Aidan, 19, Sam, 16, and Isaac, 14
The property: A five-bedroom, Victorian terrace built in 1898
The location: Near Cardiff, South Glamorgan
What they sent: The couple’s kitchen extension project cost around £60,000
‘It’s lovely having natural light,’ Ray, homeowner
The old kitchen was small, dark and unsuitable for family living. The space needed to be completely gutted, the walls and ceiling levelled, and gas and electrical services replaced. A chimney was knocked down in a central wall to enable the extension to be completed, and the old kitchen removed to create a kitchen-diner.
The Singhs have doubled the size of their kitchen so there is plenty of seating at the breakfast bar and around the table; try John Lewis for similar. Tableware and crockery from Danish brand Broste Copenhagen reflect the rustic feel of the kitchen tiles. Find similar chrome pendant lighting at Original BTC. Smart Series bi-fold doors from KNM Windows & Doors create a seamless view of the garden.
Camaro vinyl flooring in Mid Worn Oak from Polyflor, teamed with natural wood veneered units, is juxtaposed with stainless-steel worktops and a vibrant red lacquered island unit from Kesserler Vanquish Kitchens.
A walk-in larder frees up storage space in the kitchen
A Leisure Cuisinemaster range cooker is at the heart of the Singhs’ new kitchen. Moroccan-inspired porcelain tiles from Walls & Floors add interest, and a Torrent spray tap from Caple is a practical yet statement design.
- Design and construction: Project One, 029 2140 6283, projectonewales.co.uk
- Bi-fold doors: KNM Windows & Doors, 01656 745257, knm-ltd.co.uk
- Kitchen and worktops: Kitchens In Stock, 0845 600 5755, kitchensinstock.co.uk
- Flooring: Polyflor
- Tiles: Walls & Floors