‘When I viewed Daisy Cottage eight years ago, I could instantly see how to redesign it,’ says Susie. ‘The layout was awkward, there was dark wood everywhere, mustard-coloured walls, and little light in the kitchen, but the whole place had a beautiful, homely feel.’
Although this charming detached house had already been extended, it offered scope for further improvement. ‘The garden is south-facing and gets sun throughout the day, but there were no windows at the back of the house, so we could barely see it, and the interior was dark,’ says Susie. ‘I wanted to open it all up and create one large living space.’
Planning permission was granted and, on recommendation, the couple hired local builder SK Wright, who in turn organised the plumber and electrician.
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The owners: Susie McKechnie, an interior designer, and husband Andrew, a strategy consultant, live here with their two children, Aidan, 10, and Isla, seven
The property: A detached, four-bedroom Victorian house
The location: Tring, Hertfordshire
What they spent: The couple’s kitchen extension project cost around £160,000