Whenever I spend some time away, be it for a week or two or even just a couple of days, coming home always creates a feeling of content, being able to breathe, arriving. We live in a house from the early 1930s. Dare I say, it is not an obvious beauty. At first sight, it is more on the bulky side, slightly chubby, with a few too many edges and definitely – for my taste – facade tiles in the wrong places…Having said that, period properties in any shape or form have grown on me since living in the UK – and I know that they can be a treasure chest if one just looks behind the sometimes slightly quirky shell. I love the history behind them, the stories they can tell and their cosiness. When it comes to interiors, however, I am still a passionate modernist, a style I don’t ever see myself deviate from. I am all for clean lines which allow me to relax and to think and to live.
The perfect property for me combines these two aspects: a period property and a modern interior. One of the elements that make “our little pudge” so special and enjoyable for us is the space and light we created by adding a very contemporary rear extension. The ingredients: a rectangular box, a flat sedum roof, full-width sliding doors for those uninterrupted views out into our garden, and one large sky light cutting through the room from left to right. Voilà: our kitchen cum family room cum dining room, aka the heart of our home.
I am a huge fan of rear extensions, actually extensions of any kind. When lack of space makes you think about moving, you should always consider moving sideways or outwards or upwards first – in the house you are living in! If I had to choose between moving into a larger property or adding a sleek extension to an existing one, I would – if sensible – always go for the latter. And if you can manage this appealing contrast between period property and contemporary addition – what’s not to like?
The “cut-out” in the ceiling of this kitchen cum dining room is very clever – and rather impressive.
Speaking of contrast: This extension is a triumph for me. Retaining the existing external wall in its original glory and turning it into an internal wall is genius and gives this additional living space a feeling of “barely there”.