After two years of unsuccessful house hunting, Olivia and Daniel Lynan decided that creating their dream home, rather than buying it ready-made, was the only option for them. ‘The house was everything we’d never had before – cold, damp, draughty and with oil and septic tanks – but we knew we could make it into something special.’
‘To keep costs down we decided to do as much as we could ourselves.’ The couple needed to demolish an internal wall and open up the rear of the house to create space for sliding doors leading out to the garden, with its large patio it is perfect for summer barbecues.
The owners: Olivia Lynan, a menswear buyer, lives here with husband Daniel, a studio manager
The property: A three-bedroom, Victorian end-of-terrace cottage that was once part of the Harewood Estate, in Leeds
Total project cost: £31,934
Olivia and Daniel love to entertain so were keen to link the kitchen-diner to the outside space using aluminium sliding doors from Express Bi-folds, in Leeds
Demolishing the wall between the original kitchen and dining rooms has created one open-plan space that links to the garden through sliding doors. The Shaker-style oak kitchen, from Howdens, has been painted in a stone colour. The worktops are black American walnut, from Worktop Express, with contrasting grey granite on the island supplied by Olivia’s family’s masonry business. Metro tiles, B&Q. Induction cooker and hood, Rangemaster
The couple discovered an original fireplace hidden under layers of plaster. We started chipping off the plaster at the bottom and expected to find a low lintel, but we were delighted that it’s a really high lintel that will be the perfect space for a wood-burning stove one day,’ says Olivia