Updating 1970s houses


Upstairs, the original four bedrooms and bathroom remain in the same positions.Just a small amount of space was taken from two of the bedrooms to create a corridor leading into the new extension – the master suite.New carpets then brought everything together.‘There was very little money left after the build to buy furniture, but we did shop around for the best prices and managed to get what we needed without really overspending,’ says Jed.‘Everyone comments that the transformation has been incredible – it really looks like a new, individually designed house.Baby Harry arrived that December and their second child, Max, was born two years later.



The bathroom The couple wanted a luxurious, hotel style for their en suite, but found what they wanted mostly on the high street.By carefully moving doors and forming new openings, though, the kitchen now links to an open-plan dining/family room, with double doors that open out onto the deck.This is a perfect space for entertaining in the summer months.A separate snug to the front of the extension is used as a den for Jed.

It also contains a home cinema where the whole family can gather to watch TV.

‘We also considered extending above the garage, but were advised that this section would need to be entirely rebuilt to support an extra storey – plus, it would have been too near to our neighbour’s house.’Eventually, the couple decided to build a new two-storey extension on the other side of the house, where there was an existing u PVC conservatory.