Up until recently, the open plan kitchen/lounge area at the back of our house worked well for us. The circular table that you can see above comfortably seats three so it’s fine for Rich, Lyra and I. When we have people over for dinner we roll up the jute rug, slide it under the sofa, and pull the dining table into the middle of the room so we can squeeze a few more chairs around it.
However, Jenson starting to eat proper food has been a gamechanger in that we can’t fit his high chair at the table with us in the current configuration. So the poor soul is left hovering in his high chair in the middle of the room whilst being served his mashed potato/porridge/whichever pouch of Ella’s Kitchen I’ve been able to get my hands on. This clearly isn’t ideal so we are toying with the idea of adding on a modest extension to the back of the house to make the kitchen/lounge a little bit bigger and more family-friendly.
Where Would It Go?
When I say this would be a small extension, I mean small. As much as I wish it was, our garden simply isn’t big enough to accommodate an all singing, all dancing, epic extension.
We are thinking of getting rid of the larder unit which you can just see on the left of the header image. (Having a larder is mega useful but it’s ugly, it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the house, and even though it’s cream it somehow manages to suck all the light out of the room). The extension would start where the larder was, cut into the garden by around one metre, and stretch to the rear right hand side of the house. So it would only extend the space by around 40 square feet. However, that would be enough to accommodate the big old dining table that we’ve always dreamt of, whilst retaining the cosy scandi corner of the room that I poured my heart into.
Our first idea was for the extension to be made up of one of those trendy glass boxes. Kevin McCloud eat your heart out. We had to re-think this when we remembered that we live on a new-build estate, not a rambling-country-estate. Our garden is already a little overlooked so a glass box just wouldn’t be private enough.
As a compromise I reckon we’ll go for sliding or bi-fold doors with minimal frames which run the width of the extension. I’m currently obsessed with Crittall windows and doors but I’m not sure whether this is a flash-in-the-pan thing and I’d want to be sure that the design would stand the test of time. To maximise light, we’re thinking a pitch roof and velux windows.
We’d also love to incorporate a few design features … three pendant lights above the dining table, and possibly brick slips and an ultra slick and modern woodburning stove. Although logistically I’m not sure where we’d fit the latter two in. A girl can dream, right?!
Has anyone else thought about adding just a small extension, or actually taken the plunge? Was it worth the cost and upheaval?
Header image by Adam Crohill.
For all gallery sources head to my Small Kitchen Extension moodboard.