Continuing from my last blog – where I announced the completion of the kitchen section of the extension – we finally have reached the finish line in the lounge and dining area, and tied up those loose ends that makes a kitchen come together. In the kitchen, the tiles have been doing a great job but we were concerned with the long-term effect of heat from the hob which might cause cracking and stains to the porous metro tiles (see metro tiles revealed in my previous blog). To resolve this we had a glass splash-back custom made and so far it’s been a fantastic solution without covering up the tiles themselves.

kitchen splash back over duck egg blue tiles with cooker hood
glass splash back over duck egg blue metro tiles in kitchen

With the inside complete, the open-plan kitchen extension has become the hub of the house. The cosy woodburner keeps all three areas so warm that there is no need for central heating at all. The dining area is welcoming for guests and the kitchen, although tucked around the corner, is conveniently located but not hidden away in the L shaped nook — it’s now a triple use space that flows naturally through the house.

Geometrics are paving the way forward in many areas of design these days, and we have tried to utilise the way geometric objects bounce and angle light into our rectangular room. With decent lighting and clever use of reflection, we have managed to create a light space in a room with no natural light source.

mirror to kitchen diner and lounge

The walls are painted in white and Valspar’s version of Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey. The finished effect is a multi-dimensional space that joins all three areas together as one.

living room before shot with stone fire surround

Above: before. Below: after

living room with British modern retro style furniture and decoration
wall panel and lounge with french doors

Above: before. Below: after

new lounge and kitchen-diner with grey and white walls

All of that gained space with just an extra one metre extension within our Permitted Development Rights. It’s amazing just how much you can achieve and we are completely thrilled with the results.

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  • Andrew Mesher

    Hi Georgina, I really like your new renovation. We recently had a very similar project completed. As you, we knocked through so our kitchen became a kitchen diner, with a window removed and bi-folds installed. The kitchen tiles you chose were exactly what we were looking for, though we got put off due to the after care required. Apparently, you need to seal them every so often. At the moment we are undecided what to do and we also have the issue of the splash back. Our builder in Southsea recommends a brush steel splash back as a glass one would over time become mouldy and could cause damp issues. Were you given similar advice?

    • Georgina Carter Pickard
      Georgina Carter Pickard

      Hi Andrew, thanks for your comment and congrats on your new kitchen extension! A brushed steel splash-back is a great option for behind the cooker. I opted for glass because I find its a lot easier to keep clean than steel (which tends to streak) and I didn’t want to break up the uniformity of the tiles as the kitchen is fairly compact. The Metro tiles have lasted well despite my earlier reservations of them having to be sealed, once this is done it hardens the tile. The glass splash-back sits perfectly behind the cooker and because of the bevelled edge of the tiles, there’s sufficient airflow behind. If you do use glass just make sure there’s a nice amount of clear silicone on the bottom where it meets the worktop and that the edges have been slightly rounded for a neater finish. There’s not been any issue with damp or mould at all. I had some initial concern that steam might get trapped behind the glass but this hasn’t been the case and I mostly use the extractor fan when cooking a few items. I would highly recommend glass and would use it again as an alternative to steel. I try to balance my design choices on everyday functionality and design flow. I would be interested to know how you get on. Good luck with finishing the last touches!

  • Kay-Ann Morris

    Hello I am really interested in the glass splash back think it looks great. Can you provide a bit more information about the type of material I need to do this.

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