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| REAL-LIFE MAKEOVER| ‘I love my new kitchen’ This outdated kitchen was transformed into a luxury, modern space for entertaining with panoramic garden views When Dena Barnes moved into her West Dulwich home with her husband Jeremy, three children and two step-children, she knew one thing and that was that the old kitchen had to go. Unlike most new homeowners she didn’t want to opt for a simple trip to Ikea or Magnet. Dena scoured the internet, looking for an architect who also had the interior design flair to entirely remodel the back of her house. The kitchen, situated in an existing extension, lacked the light that Dena wanted, though she also had concerns as to how her young children could play safely while she made dinner. WORDS: IAN AITCH | PHOTOGRAPHS: CARINE OBERWEIS, LORENZ SCHMIDL Letting in the light ‘One of the reasons I wanted to open it up was that there was almost a blind spot in the old kitchen,’ she says. ‘Although we had four patio doors, we just had the normal kitchen window over the sink. We also have foxes in the neighbourhood and that was a big worry initially. We now have a whole panoramic view of the garden.’ The final bill for the project, which was designed by London-based architects, RDA, came in at over £200,000. But Dena is more than happy with what she paid for, stating that it has transformed the way that the house is used, especially since the days are longer and the evenings warmer. > Before the redesign by architect rm RDA, Dena’s unremarkable kitchen was based in a very ordinary, gloomy extension. Most of the brickwork was stripped away to create an elegant room that is now bathed in light MAY 2011 | 149

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011

Editor’s letter
A word from Sarah
Spring sensation
Big-name bedrooms
Brilliant buys for your home
House talk
Home horrors
Areas on the up
Property perfectionist
Mortgage mania
Solicitor’s service
a penny for your thouGhts
Housing hotshot
Wise up
Flying the nest
Making the ideal become real
Boost your build
Feeling lofty
Garden plotting
When cracks appear
Window shopping
Stay toasty
Warm up
Success story
Top transformation
Greenovate your home
Eco boost
Organic ignition
Green queens
Solve those dilemmas
Splash of colour
Bed down in style
Lounge around
Kitchens and bathrooms
Bubble up
Shower power
Instant illumination
Floor wars
The carpet market
Tip-top tiles
Tools of the trade
Fresh air furnishings
Grill thrills
Picnic perfect
Green supreme
Diary date
Kerb appeal
Up top
Brick cladding
Groovy garages
Lodge life
Go your own way
Car booty
Clock ticker
Coming soon
On the list
Listed lovelies

AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011