Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house ~ Part 4 ~

10.9.18

Sorry gang, for the delay in writing this final instalment of our side return extension building project. A little thing called Isabelle rather scuppered my writing schedule and all of a sudden 4 months have gone by.

However, I am thrilled to now share with you our newly transformed home. Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house brings with it all manner of challenges and potential complications, however everyone we worked with ensured that obstacles were overcome, challenges were relished and complications were always ironed out. And we are over the moon.

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While our home was a building site, we felt it the perfect time to paint the whole house. So we did and painted the entire house white. Finding the perfect white wasn’t easy, but in the end, after a LOT of research, we settled on the cheapest no-fuss white paint we found, and LOVE the results. It’s Dulux Trade Supermatt White. (Not ‘Brilliant White’ – just white).
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White kitchen units are all from IKEA. All the ply work and joinery was done by our contractor. (Full details at the bottom of this post). Worktop – Steven Andrews Bespoke created our amazing worktop by hand. Ammonia fumed oak timbers mean that the colour continues all the way through the wood, so if it scratches or scuffs, we just need to sand and oil it and it looks as good as new again. Hurrah.

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The whole project took around 4 months from start to finish and we were back living in our home in the nick of time, before *someone* decided to make an appearance three weeks early… (We’d moved out for the duration of the big building work. Because dust. Because pregnant. Because my mum and her partner are total legends and let us stay with them).

We are absolutely thrilled with the results and could not be happier. Everything came together exactly as we had dreamed, and when it didn’t, it’s because it’s even better than we had imagined.

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Table: Unto This Last | Chairs: Robin Day at John Lewis

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Our washing machine and tumble drier are hidden away in the cupboard next to the fridge.

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The entire window seat doubles up as storage – perfect for books/toys/big pots and pans… anything at all. There’s so much space under there and it’s been a total lifesaver! Credits: Cushions: John Lewis | Sheepskin: Naturalmat | Blanket: Klippan |
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Once we finally had all our books in place, we popped in our RIVA speaker to complete the look… and if you’re looking for an amazing Bluetooth speaker, then look no further – the sound quality is fantastic and the aesthetic of the speaker itself is very understated, so perfect for us!

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I love the simplicity of the style of the speaker… and it provides endless hours of music to cook by, to work by, or just to sit with a cup of tea and daydream by… (the window seat is now my favourite spot in the whole house…)

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The team

Architects – Forgeworks

Builder & Contractor – Optimal Build

The Kitchen

White wall units – IKEA (with the push mechanism – no handles required)

Ply joinery – our contractor

Smoked Oak worktop – Steven Andrews Bespoke

Oven – Miele

Hob – Bosch

Fridge – Fisher & Paykel

Eco Wood burning DEFRA stove – Charnwood, installed by Stoake

Butler sink – Shaws of Darwen

Extractor fan – Westin

Tap – Franke

Walls & floor

Floor tiles – Domus

Wall paint – Dulux Trade Supermatt White

Concrete – poured and polished by our contractor

Lighting

Lamp above the hob – Notre Dame Pendant Lamp by Laura Straßer at SCP

Lamp by window seat – Artemide Tolomeo Mega Parete Wall Lamp (we found ours at Paper Rooms)

Accessories

RIVA Speaker [gifted]

Previous posts about my side return extension

Doing a Side Return Extension in a Victorian House, Part 1

Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house, Part 2

Doing a Side Return Extension in a Victorian House, Part 3


Thank you to Miele, Fisher & Paykel, Charnwood & Domus, who provided product or discount. 

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