When interior designer Andrew Dunning received an email from a client looking to renovate their kitchen, he did not expect it to turn into a full refurbishment of the entire lower ground floor of this Islington terrace. With a baby on the way, they were keen to update their space, but after some initial discussions, it was decided an extension would be the best way to totally transform and enhance the home.

‘The original layout had three small rooms and felt very closed-in and dark. An internal hallway used too much space on an already restricted footprint, and the existing kitchen was poorly planned – one particular horror was a small round sink hidden away in a corner. With an expanding family, the kitchen no longer served the needs of the owners.’

‘After structural calculations and a building regulations consultation, two large structural steels were installed to enable us to remove all of the internal walls and create a new, much larger, kitchen and dining space. At the same time, a planning application was submitted to add a glass-box extension to the rear to provide a new living space off the kitchen.’ – Andrew Dunning, interior designer

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The existing terrace had a tired, dark kitchen, accessed through an archway, and an unused rear patio area. Internal walls, including a dated archway, were removed during the project to create one large, spacious area.

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The 2.8-metre island is central to the new space, and storage and bookshelves were integrated into the design to maximise space for the growing family.

Acrylic worktops, Hanex

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Contemporary nickel bar handles were chosen to complement the stainless-steel Rangemaster cooker

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Side-by-side fridge, AEG. Pendant lights, Folklore

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The bespoke glass-box addition was the last element to be added. Custom-made bookcase, APD Interiors. For a similar sofa, try the Holly from Sofa.com