Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 186
Finally, she had bi-fold doors installed
to ensure a great view of her garden.
'I invited an architect round to look
at everything and he said he couldn't
come up with a better design than
the one I'd drawn, so I asked him to
produce professional plans and make
all the calculations,' says Carly.
Despite its size, the local council
accepted her application to build
the extension - perhaps because her
neighbours had similar additions and
didn't object to her plans.
Thanks to her neighbour allowing
Carly to use the party wall, she was
able to gain a further six inches of
space in the new living area.
'Never underestimate how
much extra even that amount of
room can give you,' she says.
Building the extension went
without a hitch but, says Carly:
'Maybe it wasn't great timing to start
work in December! The weather
was reasonably mild, but it wasn't
easy living out of the
front bedroom with no
TO GET THE LOOK,
CARLY CHOSE LIGHT,
neighbour invited her
in for lots of cups of
CLEAN LINES AND
tea and she was able to
shower - and get fit - by
joining the local gym at
the end of the road.
Living on-site meant she was
able to project manage the works,
making decisions and ensuring
everything progressed smoothly.
During this time, while working as
a retail buyer, she launched her own
business - O he ails - selling
'I'd rented a warehouse on a shortlet while waiting for the purchase to
go through and really loved the style -
the tall ceilings, the exposed pipes
and the industrial plug sockets, but
I couldn't find any furniture to go
with it,' she says.
er being dismayed by the
imsiness of a clothes rail she was
THE IMPORTANCE OF
EVEN A FEW INCHES
OF EXTRA SPACE'
SIMPLE LINES LEAD TO
A MINIMALIST KITCHEN
MAKE THE MOST
OF THE GARDEN
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