When the owner moved into this three-bedroom semi in south London 20 years ago, she planned to live with its tired old kitchen for just a couple of years. The right time to tackle the job never seemed to arrive though, and 18 years went by before an opportunity to refresh the space came about. ‘I was desperate for a change, and thought I’d install underfloor heating to get the ball rolling,’ she says, ‘but when the builder came to survey the job, he suggested knocking the kitchen down and starting again.’
The plan was to create a bright, open-plan kitchen that would be both a practical and sociable space. To make more of the garden, the owner opted for floor-to-ceiling glazed doors and added roof lights to flood the room with sunlight. A mix of exposed brick walls and basalt work tops gives the space an industrial look. ‘I spent ages sourcing every item and I love how the kitchen looks now. It’s better than I’d imagined and it makes the garden seem bigger and more accessible.’
The light sign was made to order and fills the space perfectly.
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The owner wanted an induction hob but had difficulty finding one which was not black. After a long search, she sourced this Siemens hob in grey, which blends almost seamlessly with the basalt worktop.
The kitchen before the makeover. What a transformation!