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We could put our own stamp on this property

Mel and Francis have reimagined their 1920s home adding a bright extension for contemporary living

Good idea!

Polished concrete work surfaces add contrasting texture to the wood and stark white cupboards.

When Mel and Francis began searching for a larger family home, they were keen to find a place they could put their stamp on. ‘We were happy in our two-bed flat in north west London but we needed more space,’ says Mel. ‘Our plans for a loft extension were proving difficult, so we decided to move.’ Searching for properties in the same area meant that they were looking at smaller houses on their budget. ‘We wanted a project,’ says Mel. ‘I found this larger house online that we initially dismissed but on viewing we both instantly saw the potential. Although it was tired-looking and needed work, we fell for the 1920s architecture, its original features and charm. It was beautifully light, had a good sized garden for its location and we knew it would be ideal for our family and lifestyle.’ Realising the property’s potential for renovating and building a back kitchen extension, they didn’t waste any time in putting in an offer, which was accepted. ‘The house had been on the market for a while and the owners wanted to sell so we got a bit of a deal,’ says Mel.

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I know that November isn’t everyone’s favourite month, but I think there’s something rather cosy about coming home on a cold, dark night and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire. If you’re thinking of investing in a wood-burner to warm up your home this winter then turn to page 115, where we’ve got the low-down on the latest models and what you need to consider before you buy. Talking of making your home warm and toasty, do take a look at George Clarke’s column this month, where he shares his expert advice on insulating your home (p.111). Of course nothing beats, a tasty comforting supper on those chilly November nights – so do try our delicious recipe suggestions on page 100, packed with warming spices! I know many of you are keen to be braver when it comes to using pattern in your home, so on page 36 we show how to make it work for you, from balancing scale to creating the illusion of space and, of course, our pick of the latest designs for wallpapers and fabrics to inspire you. Many of us dream of living in a period property with gorgeous plasterwork and beautiful fireplaces, but in reality many of them have had their original features removed or damaged over the years. In this month’s home improvement feature, we take a look at what steps you need to take to restore your period home to its former glory and where to look for affordable, original materials (p.106). Happy decorating!