In March 2018, Lisa from Pride Road Architects was invited to help explore options available to our clients for their first home – a 1930s semidetached property in Stockport.
When they bought the house, the space was (very) yellow, with a thin galley kitchen and separate dining room, attached to the living room.
What needed to change?
At the Concept Design Workshop, the clients were keen on opening up to have a kitchen/diner, with a separate front room. Originally, they felt they may need to extend the property to gain this space, but during the concept design process, it became apparent that actually there was ample space, which would allow them to have more of what they wanted for a smaller budget!
Who helped with the final result?
They enlisted the help of Francesca from Design by Helium Kitchens, to put together their new kitchen and the builders were Impact Design & Build – both of which they would really recommend!
How does it look now?
This space has been completely transformed! Now they have a separate, cosy front room which they enjoy in the evenings. Their beautiful kitchen-diner is the perfect space for entertaining. The flat roof was changed for a pitched roof with a skylight, which brings in an enormous amount of light to their new kitchen/diner. The chimney breast was removed, bringing more room again. There are also new doors, a new boiler, new kitchen appliances, UPVC windows, and LVT parquet flooring!
With the build starting in October 2018, the house was completed by January 2019, coming in just over budget at a total of around £34k.
What was the best decision you made?
“The best decision was to not extend it – it looks bigger than what it was.” By using the already-existing internal space for the reconfiguration, combined with the chimney breast removal and new pitched roof – the space feels bigger than ever!
Would you change anything?
“We honestly wouldn’t change anything we did. No problems! We’re very, very pleased!”
How did you find the process?
Taking from October 2018 to January 2019 for a completely finished build, this project came in just over budget at around £34k. They spent some weeks with family during the most disruptive parts of the build, and would advise others to do the same if they can.
About the process, they said; “It was a huge learning curve for us – we thought ok you get the money, the idea, yeah it’ll be great… Having you involved… you gave us the realistic side of things, which was great!”
“If we had to give advice for someone – listen to your architect, take their advice.. and use Francesca, [Design by Helium Kitchens], she was amazing… Get the right people around you!”