When the Marodeen family decided it was time to leave their home of 20 years in Kingston-upon-Thames, the motivation was simple – to improve their quality of life. Having sold their house and moved into rented accommodation, the family went to view a five-storey Edwardian property near the coast in Littlehampton.
‘It wasn’t the right house, but we fell in love with the area,’ says Amanda. ‘We kept looking but struggled to find anything else that wasn’t a flat or apartment, until my mum came across this place and persuaded us to look at it.’
Built in the 1920s, it was the house that time forgot, as nothing had been done to it in 50 years. ‘It had this teeny-weeny kitchen that was revolting,’ recalls Amanda. ‘Thankfully, it also had an imposing double frontage and a huge entrance hall. The feel of the place was just exquisite and we had to have it.’
The sale went through in August 2014 and work to renovate the entire property began immediately.
‘The first thing I wanted to change was the kitchen,’ says Amanda. ‘I didn’t only want a large open-plan space, I wanted it to be huge, as I knew it would be the hub of the home. ’ The decision was made to knock through the existing kitchen, breakfast room and utility, and then extend out into the garden by almost four metres – a loss of outside space that the family was happy to compromise on.
Amanda wanted their home to be as bright as possible, so worked closely with PMG Building Design & Consultancy and builder Mark Doran – recommended by family, based in nearby Chichester – to design an extension with bi-fold doors and a bank of six rooflights. The work took just under a year and the house was ready to move into in July 2015.
The owners: Amanda Marodeen, a full-time mum, lives here with husband Mark, who works in finance, and children, Molly, 19, Dylan, 16, and Sienna, seven
The property: A detached, five-bedroom house, built in the 1920s in Littlehampton, West Sussex
Amanda loves: Walking on the beach; Shopping at The White Company; Avocados; The film Dream Girls and its music; Cats
Project cost: £103,650
‘I’ve always wanted to do a project like this,’ Amanda, homeowner
Mark had to convince Amanda that they should include an island in the kitchen, as she originally wanted more clear space, but she now finds it offers invaluable storage.
Amanda invested in furniture with a reclaimed look to give the new extension an industrial edge.
Drainage grooves have been cut in the Silestone worktop around the sink to avoid the need for a separate drainer. For a similar sink and tap, try Franke. ‘Even though the kitchen was going to be a key part of the space, I didn’t want too much clutter and I had to resist the temptation to have lots of cupboards and worktops. I also wanted a lot of clear space,’ explains Amanda.
All of the walls are painted white, which emphasises the portraits Amanda took of her children.
The couple included a seating area to make the new extension the hub of family life.
Bi-fold doors, Boylands Windows. Rooflights, Velux
Knocking together the existing kitchen and dining room and adding a four-metre rear extension created the ‘huge’ space Amanda craved. It was created to look seamless from the outside, with its cream rendering and pitched roof, angled and tiled to mimic the original building.
Featured image: Bespoke units, Stephen Anthony Design & Bespoke Kitchens. Quartz worktops, Silestone. Induction hob, Siemens. Built-in extractor, Silverline. Emperor smoked oak engineered flooring, Mark Doran. Merle medium cream ceiling pendants, Barker & Stonehouse. Rhone bar stools, Maison Interiors
- The full feature – including stockists and more images – appears in the March 2016 issue of Real Homes. For back issues, call 01527 834435. Subscribe today to take advantage of our money-saving subscription offers.