Case study: Room to breathe

Knocking two rooms into one has given the owners of this kitchen room to breathe

Formal rooms, like formal clothing and formal manners, are rapidly going out of fashion. Dining rooms are heading the same way as bow-ties and handwritten letters and being replaced by something more useful and convenient, as the owners of this detached villa in Uddingston have shown.
When they and their two young children moved in, the ground floor had a traditional layout, with the kitchen completely separate from the dining room. The two rooms were quite different, with the former small and unadorned and the latter laden with period features. Unwilling to embark on major renovations immediately, they made do with replacing the dining-room floor, putting down smoked-oak boards to add warmth and atmosphere.
But pretty soon it became apparent that the layout just wasn’t working. They turned to Murray & Murray for a solution to their living arrangements. “They asked us to consider the potential of the existing kitchen, dining room, pantry and utility room and see if we could redesign the various spaces to make them more family-friendly,” says Gillian McCollum, designer and director at the Dunfermline-based kitchen specialists. “We could see straight away that removing the wall would not only give us a large open-plan living space but would also make this a double-aspect room, bringing in light from both the front and rear of the house.”
Happy to go ahead with the plans, the owners asked for a full turnkey service from concept to completion, and Murray & Murray’s team set to work. “We consulted with McGregor McMahon & Associates in Dunfermline on the structural engineer’s report and building warrant,” says Gillian. “Everything else was down to the talents of our in-house design, project management, workshop and installation teams.” And they had their hands full, taking care of everything – from demolishing the wall and replacing the windows to installing a new boiler and radiators and doing all the gas, electrical and plumbing works. They built and fitted the new kitchen and utility-room cabinets, tiled, plastered and decorated, completely the eight-metre-long main space in the process.

This is just a taster, you can browse the full 40-page kitchen feature with more case studies on pages 71-115, issue 99.

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Photography Kevin McCollum
What An open-plan kitchen-diner created out of two separate rooms,
with an additional utility room, cloakroom and WC.
Biggest challenge Merging the two very different rooms, one of which was full of period detailing and one of which was very plain. The solution was a colour scheme that minimised the former and created a blank canvas in the latter.
Works required
Removal of a wall, Fitting of replacement windows, Installation of a new boiler, Gas, plumbing and electrical works, Kitchen and utility cabinets, worktops and fittings, Plastering, decorating and tiling
Murray & Murray, 01592 774363