After three years of living in a one-bedroom flat in Wandsworth, Anjali and Dru Patel were longing for their larger forever home, where they could start a family. So they looked further afield to Berkshire. The house had a boxy layout, with too may walls and doors, which didn’t suit the couples love of open-plan living.

The couple worked with architect Martyn Kiy  to design the six-metre extension, with bi-fold doors and skylights, bringing in plenty of light. They did a lot of the work themselves, with the help of family and friends, and local builders found on Gumtree, to create a stylish, open-plan home that’s perfect for their growing family.

Project Notes

The owners: Anjali Patel, communications coordinator for a children’s charity, lives her with her husband Dru, a business consultant, and their baby twins, Bodhi and Krish

The property: A three-bedroom, semi-detached Victorian house
in Berkshire

Total project cost: £85,000

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The modern, open-plan kitchen and dining room is flooded with natural light thanks to the glazed doors, from Express Bi-folding Doors, and bespoke rooflights. Kitchen, Howdens. Worktop, Cavendish Equipment. Upcycled bar stools, Habitat. Small stools, Zara Home. Stained wood floor, UK Flooring Direct

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At the top of the couple’s wish list was a dining table with benches so they can squeeze in as
many family and friends as possible. Table and benches, both Made.com. Light fittings, Cult Furniture

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Decorative floor tiles, from Tons of Tiles, give the entrance hallway plenty of personality. For
a similar glass console table; Neptune. For a metal storage rack, try Not on the High Street

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The living area is where Anjali and Dru like to catch up on movies. Sofa, lamp, and side table, all Made.com. Cushions, Ikea and H&M Home

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Cots, Ikea. For similar carpet, try Cormar

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Anjali spotted the teepee and playmat from Wildfire TeePees on Instagram, and then found the stickers on Etsy to match.

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Shopping around allowed the couple to get a stylish bathroom on a small budget. The patterned tiles cost £30 from Ebay; for similar, try Topps Tiles. Sink, Bathstore. Vanity unit and mirror, both Ikea. Bath and toilet, Potter Perrin. Radiator, Amazon. Towels, Homesense

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