Planning permission was granted for an L-shaped extension at the back of the flat, making space for a large kitchen and living room area with direct access to the back garden through full-height sliding glass doors.
All images by Charles Hosea
Daniel and Nina Rowland are shown here in their light-filled kitchen that has a bare-brick feature wall. Rather than pay for a designer kitchen table, Daniel bought thick planks of timber direct from a timber yard and had them cut to length. He then commissioned a welder to create a steel frame and put the pieces together at total cost of about £400.
Daniel designed the kitchen, first drawing up detailed plans for each component. He then bought the MDF and had it sprayed white for units and shelves.
This home is warmed by the inclusion of some colour. In one of the bedrooms, blue-grey cupboard doors tone with an antique French painted bed.
The garden is laid out on four levels, three of them paved and one laid to grass, all surrounded by raised planters. The front garden was terraced to bring more light into the front, master bedroom.
The cost-effective sprayed timber technique was also used for the hallway and bedroom cupboards, and even for wall cladding in the bathroom, where it proved a cheaper, highly resilient alternative to tiles.
The former layout of the flat wasted a lot of space so Daniel drew up plans which involved ripping out every wall and reworking rooms into large, open-plan areas. The flat's size has now been increased to 1,000sq ft.
The floors are grey concrete and most of the walls are white, but there are areas of white-painted bare brickwork and woodwork that add texture.