This modern kitchen-diner extension maximises light thanks to a clever internal courtyard

A kitchen extension with bespoke blue fittings and marble countertops
(Image credit: David Giles)

Becky and Dan Trueman found their house by accident when they discovered a tucked-away, quiet square on an afternoon stroll. “I’d lived in the area for five years but had never been in this square,” says Becky. “It’s so pretty, I hadn’t known that such a place like this would exist here.”

At the time, in September 2019, the couple had been contemplating upsizing from their two-bedroom maisonette nearby. They dreamed of finding a property that their young family could grow in and wanted to design a kitchen that would accommodate their active social lives. 

Headshot of Seán McAlister Director Architect at Pencil and Brick
Seán McAlister

Seán McAlister is Director Architect at Pencil and Brick, an East London-based architecture practice. Pencil and Brick work on a wide range of projects, from domestic extensions and multi-unit residential developments through to affordable co-working spaces, permanent public artworks, temporary museum installations, and high street regeneration projects.

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