Grete and Brad Dawson replaced their cramped, chaotic kitchen with an extended and uncluttered living space, perfectly suited to relaxing family life
It wasn’t just the fluffy green carpet, peeling laminate surfaces and dire shortage of storage that made Grete and Brad Dawson decide a new kitchen was on the cards. ‘It was cramped, narrow and messy, with an ugly, falling apart lean-to on one side that we used as a dumping ground,’ recalls Grete. ‘The house had been rented for several years before we bought it and was badly in need of some TLC.’ Stay-at-home mum Grete and company owner Brad decided to extend the kitchen space by building over the side return of the Victorian house in West London, with a goal of creating a much wider kitchen to share with their children Joel, eight, and Skye, six. Following up a recommendation, the couple met architect Patrick Owens of design and build firm Patrick + Ryan. ‘When I met Patrick, I instantly felt at ease,’ says Grete. ‘Left to my own devices, I would have put cupboards on every wall so desperate was I for more storage, but Patrick quickly explained that wouldn’t be necessary. He had a vision for the room, understanding how to make the best use of the space, and offering us the potential to create a room for family living and socialising, rather than just a kitchen for cooking and washing up.’
The newly enlarged room features a long run of cabinets along one wall, providing that storage that was much-wanted by Grete, as well as housing appliances. An island creates the prep and wet zone, its compact design chosen to maximise the space left in the room for a dining table, for socialising with friends and for the children to play as well. Painted a dark green colour, the cabinetry adds definition in the large room, while vintage furniture and industrial-inspired lighting add to the character of the space. ‘My taste is eclectic, and I enjoy mixing old and new to create a relaxed feel,’ says Grete. ‘Now we have a room to be proud of, a wonderful family space which is also ideal for getting together with friends.’
Kitchens from Patrick + Ryan from £25,000.
Photography by: Paul Craig
Article by: Amelia Thorpe