When you have a young family, taking on a huge renovation project is less than ideal – but despite the challenges, that’s exactly what Clara Felce and her partner, Liam Frost, did when they took on their run-down kitchen with two children in tow. After nearly five years of saving and planning, the couple simply couldn’t wait any longer. 

They called in an architect and a team of builders to alter the layout of the ground floor of their home and now, after over a year of building activity, all the hard work has paid off. Here, Clara reveals how renovating this beautiful, bright space has brought her family closer together.

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Taking on a major renovation project gave Clara and Liam the perfect opportunity to flex their design skills, resulting in this beautiful and bright modern kitchen

 After years of living with  a white kitchen, graphic designer Liam focused on  introducing colour into their new space. ‘We spent months choosing the right shade of blue for the room,’  says Clara. ‘We went with a bold design we know we’ll love for years to come.’ Kitchen, Wood Works Brighton. For similar lights, try Old Factory Pendant  Lights, Industville 

(Image credit: David Woolley)

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The owners Clara Felce, an OTC consultant, her partner, Liam Frost, a graphic designer, their two children, Daisy and George, and their cats, Sushi and Mr Kipper
The property A four-bed end of terrace Victorian townhouse in Brighton
Project cost A similar extension and interior fit out would cost upwards of £120,000