Renovation tour - a kitchen extension with a modern industrial finish

A beautiful exposed brick wall, deep blue kitchen, white worktops and stunning parquet flooring....there is so much to love about this extension. 

We chat to the lovely Amy at @firststepontheladder, who has the most beautiful taste in interiors and is renovating this home to perfection. 

With the kitchen extension complete and now a double storey extension about to start, Amy shares with us her renovation advice for anyone about to start out!


Tell us about your renovation project?

We live in a 1930s house and moved in nearly 4 years ago. It was really well looked after but needed modernising throughout. We waited a year and then started with the nursery and also stripped a spare room.

I then got a quote for new windows and it somehow spiralled to me getting a quote for an extension too 🙈😆 This involved moving the kitchen in to the old dining room, adding a utility room, shower room, new dining area and snug. We’ve also gutted and decorated our bedroom. Externally we’ve had the whole house rendered and had a patio built. But we’ve still got half the house left to renovate!

Phase 2 starts in a few weeks, which is to add a two storey extension on the side, including a study and playroom downstairs and then an en-suite and dressing room above.

Exposing the supporting beam is such a great idea to turn it into a feature


How would you describe your style?

I’d find it hard to choose an exact style as I like a mixture. The house has been described as Scandi. I love the industrial look and natural materials. We have a few elements within the house - the exposed steel beam, exposed brick and metal vanity unit in the shower room (which my dad made for us). I also love period features.

The shower room is so stylish - the tiles are amazing!


What was the main challenge during your renovation?

Probably doing it with a 1 year old! Oh and not having unlimited funds 😂

The view onto the back of the home



What is your favourite place in your home now and why?

That’s hard to answer. I like all of the rooms we’ve done for different reasons. But if I had to pick one it’d be the kitchen. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s really transformed the way we live. It’s great to have the open plan space and direct access to the garden, especially now we have a toddler. The kitchen is closely followed by the utility room, for obvious reasons.

The large kitchen diner has so much room for entertaining and socialising


What do friends say about your renovation?

They all really like it! It was nice to see the reaction of the ones who hadn’t been round whilst the work was going on.

A peaceful corner in the open plan living space


What would be your advice to anyone about to start a renovation project?

I would say be flexible (with time and budget 😬). We had a fab builder but delays can still happen.

Shop around! You can make so many savings if you research enough.

Plan every single detail (plug sockets etc) well in advance but don’t be afraid to change your mind - we made some last minute changes that we’re so happy with now.

Finally, focus on the end goal! The dust and stress is only temporary and all of the carnage makes great before pictures!


Published: September 16, 2019

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