Kitchen Tour: A Small Extension Transforms a Dark Kitchen
Building into the side return added light and space plus a better connection to the dining area of this Victorian home
Extending opened up the garden-facing dining space to the kitchen, enlarged the latter, and introduced more daylight to both areas. And it wasn’t just the layout that was revolutionised: bespoke cabinetry, a palette of natural materials and a capacious walk-in pantry resulted in a tactile, fuss-free and beautifully functional kitchen.
Who lives here A couple and their two sons
Location Stoke Newington, London
Property A Victorian mid-terrace house
Kitchen dimensions Around 30 sq m
Architects Gozi Wamuo and Andrea Jung of TURN Architects
Photos by Adam Luszniak
The extension into the side return was achievable without Planning Permission under the Permitted Development Rights regime.
Pride of place in the dining room goes to the couple’s 3.8m-long antique French oak dining table. To light the sizeable tabletop adequately and to create a feature, Italian-designed pendant lights were hung above it. They can be moved up and down as well as extended on the arms.
Franco Albini AS41Z pendant lights, Twentytwentyone.
The bespoke cabinetry is veneered in walnut – a timber the couple liked for its warmth. “The joiner used one piece and you can see the grain running all the way through,” Wamuo says. The units have a very dark grey plinth that almost disappears, making the line of beautiful timber prominent.
The long walnut shelf includes integral task lighting, and the splashback features crackle-glazed metro tiles, chosen for their simple beauty and easy maintenance.
The work surfaces are made from slate, which tones with the floor, but has a lively finish. The grey limestone flooring is composed of large-format tiles. “We wanted to achieve clean, modern lines with fewer visible joins, plus it’s practical for cleaning,” says Wamuo. It also works well with the underfloor heating that keeps the finished space uncluttered by radiators.
Kitchen units made by Joshua DuMond of biglittleprojects. Crackle-glazed tiles, Fired Earth. Brandy Crag slate worktop, Gordon Greaves Slate. Urban Grey limestone floor tiles, GDStones.
There are no wall-hung units in the kitchen – one of the owners, at 6ft 2in tall, finds them head-bangingly awkward – and the pantry more than replaces the storage these would have offered.
Inside the pantry are floor-to-ceiling birch ply shelves, which are laminated so they can be wiped down. The cupboard is home to dried foods and infrequently used kitchen appliances.
The shelving unit (just seen, left) is designed to house a music system and has ports for phones and tablets. It’s fitted with lighting to highlight the objects displayed there, too.
Larder made by Joshua DuMond of biglittleprojects. Ilve 100cm range cooker, Nailsea Electrical.
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Alongside (seen on the left) is a sliding pocket door to the kitchen, so that area can also be closed off when required.
Visu wood dining chairs, Twentytwentyone.
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The extension was constructed using reclaimed London stock bricks to match the original house. It’s finished in easy-to-maintain zinc that complements the brickwork. A three-section roof light keeps the extended kitchen daylight-filled.
Solarlux bifold doors, Thames Valley Window Company. Windows and roof lights, Grove Windows.
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