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We weren’t afraid to knock down walls

Amy and Jon Lightfoot swapped a warren of small, dark, dingy rooms for a bright and airy, open-plan, kitchen diner, complete with garden access
The Lightfoots’ generous kitchen diner is now the ideal setting for socialising with family and friends, conjuring up the latest luxury chocolates for Amy’s burgeoning business, Chocoporium, or simply taking in a once lost garden view

Total Cost £9,333

Before

When Amy and Jon Lightfoot bought their three-bedroom Victorian semi in Manchester, they had no qualms about taking on a renovation project, and first on their todo list was the cramped and tired kitchen. ‘Not only was it so small that we could barely fit the two of us in it together, but it was also separated from the garden by a dated breakfast room and two smaller utility areas,’ says Amy. The couple, however, were determined to realise their dream of a light, spacious kitchen diner overlooking the garden, where they could entertain and also expand Amy’s handmade chocolate business.

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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.
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