Mount Pleasant: A mid-terraced Edwardian with a modern kitchen extension

Adam and Nicola Lloyd-Cox contacted Simply Extend as they wanted to revamp the kitchen and dining space in their mid-terraced Edwardian home, in Hackney, East London. The professional couple live with their three-year-old son, so needed a company that would be efficient and affordable.

They wanted to collaborate with experts that could expertly design and build a side return kitchen extension, so enlisted Simply Extend to bring their dream to life. They’d purchased the home with a small kitchen and unusable garden, but really needed the outdoor space for their little boy to enjoy, whilst a large kitchen for entertaining was the wish of Nicola and Adam. They had bought the house with this vision in mind and watched it come to fruition in only six months!

To kickstart the project, Simply Extend assigned an architectural team to work with Adam and Nicola on creating the area where the new, larger kitchen and dining space would be. Plans were drawn up, with precise measurements and detailed considerations made for the types of roof and windows to be installed.  To make room for the new side return kitchen extension, the property’s existing conservatory was removed, with planning approval granted from the local council.

Following approval, the Simply Extend construction team were brought in to bring the vision to life. Ground works and structural teams cleared the space and laid the foundations for the new extension build. Bricklayers subsequently got to work building the shell of the extension, in conjunction with the roofing team. Once made watertight, the internal work could start with plastering, electrics and plumbing installed; all expertly managed by the team at Simply Extend.

Speaking of their experience, Adam commented; “We found that Simply Extend were incredibly good at managing our expectations throughout, letting us know what work and expenses to expect and when to expect them, so we could prepare. We did a lot of online research to find Simply Extend, looking at testimonials, noting common complaints and compliments.”

“Simply Extend always seemed to stand out as a more trustworthy and affordable option and were quick to address any issues. They also seemed quite a bit bigger than the competitors, meaning there was a shorter waiting time in terms of getting started and their team was very comprehensive – from the survey and drawings right through to aftercare.”

“I also have to say, the build team were the hardest workers I’ve personally ever seen and the finish and aftercare were excellent. Whenever we were using a third party – for windows, doors, garden work etc. – Simply Extend were always able to work well with them or beat them on price, which was a great added value for our family. We were assured that by choosing Simply Extend the costs associated with our build would remain fixed, so we’d know exactly what to pay and when.”

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them, especially to families with young children. During the process, they completely understood that we still needed to live life as a family with a young, energetic little boy, so they installed a temporary kitchen in our living room, complete with a washing machine! This meant we were able to live at home throughout and minimised disruption.”

The final result after six months was a beautiful open plan kitchen and dining area, perfect for family nights and entertaining guests. Adam and Nicola chose to pair a colour palette of soft pink with neutral grey accents and occasional gold embellishments, producing a stylish and contemporary space, that perfectly complimented the existing features and styles within the home.

Nicola furthered Adam’s comments, stating; “We love every inch of the conversion, as we’re now constantly hosting friends and family around our kitchen island and our little boy is able to make use of the big new garden.”

“We recently had the property valued after the extension and found it’s added a value to our home – much more than it cost us, so we’re very happy with that as an added bonus to our beautiful new living space.”


About Simply Construction Group: Simply Construction Group is a leading design and build specialist operating across London and The West Midlands. The group’s specialist divisions cover Simply Loft, Simply Extend and Simply Basement and can take any project from the design and planning process through to the actual construction.