My Room: An Open-plan Kitchen With Stunning Views of the Garden
Industrial-style features, reclaimed materials and bright colours were key to creating this loft-style, open-plan space
Who lives here Stylist Laura Burkitt and her fiancé, Ben Sarner
Location Queen’s Park, London
Property A garden flat
Size of room 7.78m x 5.57m
Some photos by Viv Yapp
Laura Burkitt and her fiancé, Ben, were happy to take on a project when they bought their home in 2016. “We saw the potential in it,” says Laura. “It had a lovely garden, so we wanted to create an open-plan living space to maximise the view.”
The couple extended at the back, reconfigured the rest of the flat, and created a light, bright kitchen and living area with views out to the exterior.
Supporting the open-plan space was a challenge, as they didn’t want a pillar to break up the view. Instead, the builders installed a huge steel girder across the whole room. “We made a feature of the steel by painting the plasterwork black,” says Laura.
Steel-framed doors, Fabco Sanctuary. Micro-cement flooring, The Plaster Collective.
“We sourced the quartz worktop ourselves,” says Laura, “and we found the brass handles online.”
The exposed wall was made from engineered bricks. “The trick was getting the pattern right,” says Laura. “It was really important to have grey grout, rather than a yellow sand colour. So we painted over the grout, then sanded the wall to give it a worn look.”
Kitchen cabinets, Howdens Joinery. Quartz worktops, Venice Marble.
They kept their project on budget by using as many reclaimed materials as possible. The bar stools, for example, were found in a local pub. “Ben asked the owner if he could buy a couple,” says Laura. “The door handles were rescued from a friend’s house, which was being gutted.”
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Laura upholstered the vintage chairs herself in colourful velvet.
Table; kitchen shelves, all Haring & Co. Midcentury chairs, eBay. Sofa, Sofa.com.
Hexagonal shelving unit, Made.com.
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3. Mauviel M’Héritage Stainless Steel Handle Saucepan
4. 2-Door Buffet, Dark Grey
5. Green Leather Bar Stool
6. Lleida Wooden and Iron Dining Table
7. Smeg CJF01 Citrus Juicer, Green
8. Hahn Premium Rectangular Wall Rack
9. Indian Blue Dining Chair