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Ahead of the curve

Julia and Nick Keem almost doubled the size of their home, adding a curving extension to their rural period property
The curved extension fans out from the west side of the house. It is mainly glazed, offering views over the garden

When Julia and Nick Keem moved to the Kent home they share with their two children, they knew they wanted to do something interesting with the property. “We just weren’t sure at the time what that was,” says Julia. The project the couple eventually came up with has almost doubled the size of the original property, with a curving contemporary side extension that contrasts with the existing red-brick house. Their scheme also involved making sense of what was previously a jarring layout that had been added in a piecemeal fashion over several centuries. The pair comprehensively upgraded the fabric of the house, revealing and restoring traditional features that work in juxtaposition to the modern addition.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Installing underfloor heating - Flooring cost guide - New routes to self build - What are building surveys?