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THERE WAS LOTS
OF SCOPE TO
4m HAS MADE A
amily time was the main aim when my
husband, Alex, 49, and I decided to have an
extension, in particular a kitchen-diner area
where the family could all be together. Our
son, Harry, is now 14, and our daughter,
Jessica, is 12, and it was dawning on us both that there
weren't too many years left with them living at home.
Our traditional-style 1950s home in Barnet, north
London, had a separate kitchen and dining room, and this
meant the four of us couldn't eat together. The dining room
had been taken over as the place where Alex or I worked
from home, or where the kids did their homework, so the
table was never tidy enough for us to use. Instead, we would
eat off our laps in the living room watching television.
The priority was creating a kitchen-diner with bi-fold
doors - so we could open up the space to the back garden.
We wanted to be able to cook, eat and have a room where
everyone could be together, but not be on top of each other.
We also wanted a study and a spare bedroom for guests
with an en-suite, so I could have my own bathroom.
GETTING THE GO-AHEAD
An architect drew up the plans, but it was quite simple in
that we wanted space at the side of the house where the >
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