Doing a side return extension on
a Victorian terraced house
~ Part 4 ~


Sorry gang, for the delay in writing this final instalment of our side return extension building project. A little thing called Isabelle rather scuppered my writing schedule and all of a sudden 4 months have gone by.

However, I am thrilled to now share with you our newly transformed home. Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house brings with it all manner of challenges and potential complications, however everyone we worked with ensured that obstacles were overcome, challenges were relished and complications were always ironed out. And we are over the moon.


While our home was a building site, we felt it the perfect time to paint the whole house. So we did and painted the entire house white. Finding the perfect white wasn’t easy, but in the end, after a LOT of research, we settled on the cheapest no-fuss white paint we found, and LOVE the results. It’s Dulux Trade Supermatt White. (Not ‘Brilliant White’ – just white).


White kitchen units are all from IKEA. All the ply work and joinery was done by our contractor. (Full details at the bottom of this post). Worktop – Steven Andrews Bespoke created our amazing worktop by hand. Ammonia fumed oak timbers mean that the colour continues all the way through the wood, so if it scratches or scuffs, we just need to sand and oil it and it looks as good as new again. Hurrah.


The whole project took around 4 months from start to finish and we were back living in our home in the nick of time, before *someone* decided to make an appearance three weeks early… (We’d moved out for the duration of the big building work. Because dust. Because pregnant. Because my mum and her partner are total legends and let us stay with them).

The above are products I love for keeping my beautiful new space in ship shape :)

We are absolutely thrilled with the results and could not be happier. Everything came together exactly as we had dreamed, and when it didn’t, it’s because it’s even better than we had imagined.






Table: Unto This Last | Chairs: John Lewis







Our washing machine and tumble drier are hidden away in the cupboard next to the fridge.



The entire window seat doubles up as storage – perfect for books/toys/big pots and pans… anything at all. There’s so much space under there and it’s been a total lifesaver! Credits: Cushions: John Lewis | Sheepskin: Naturalmat | Blanket: Klippan |

The team

Architects – Forgeworks

Builder & Contractor – Optimal Build

The Kitchen

White wall units – IKEA (with the push mechanism – no handles required)

Ply joinery – our contractor

Smoked Oak worktop – Steven Andrews Bespoke

Oven – Miele

Hob – Bosch

Fridge – Fisher & Paykel

Eco Wood burning DEFRA stove – Charnwood, installed by Stoake

Butler sink – Shaws of Darwen

Extractor fan – Westin

Tap – Franke

Walls & floor

Floor tiles – Domus

Wall paint – Dulux Trade Supermatt White

Concrete – poured and polished by our contractor


Lamp above the hob – Notre Dame Pendant Lamp by Laura Straßer at SCP

Lamp by window seat – Artemide Tolomeo Mega Parete Wall Lamp (we found ours at Paper Rooms)

Previous posts about my side return extension

Doing a Side Return Extension in a Victorian House, Part 1

Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house, Part 2

Doing a Side Return Extension in a Victorian House, Part 3

Thank you to Miele, Fisher & Paykel, Charnwood & Domus, who provided product or discount. 

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18 thoughts on “Doing a side return extension on
a Victorian terraced house
~ Part 4 ~

  1. Wow – what a project – just looked through the four
    articles as I had to see how it looked at before. What
    a lovely transformation into a real family room. Enjoy it for many years to come.

  2. Ohhhh I soooo wish our home looks half as good as yours in a year or so. If so I’ll be really happy. Can’t imagine it’ll turn out as stunning as your kitchen. It’s dreamy :-)

  3. What a transformation! Words cannot express how much I adore your new kitchen <3 also you are a natural when writing about interiors! x

  4. Hello. This article is very informative! I have noticed the floor is a concrete type floor. How long did it take for it to dry? Did you have to underpin any existing foundation? May I ask what the cost of this work?

    Many thanks Helena lee

  5. Fantastic project! What’s the total cost if you don’t mind me asking.

    Thank you for this great blog

  6. Hi!

    Great blog! I found you through Pinterest because I’m just starting doing some research about creating a side return, can I ask how much it cost you?
    I have no idea what sort of a budget is required.




  7. Hey! This is stunning!! How much space is there between the cabinets and the kitchen island? Also, what is the depth of the island? I’m planning a very similar renovation and want to make sure I have enough space for moving around the kitchen!

  8. Just found your lovely kitchen extension Blog, I’m planning to something similar on a house I’m about to buy. I was wondering if you had ant photos what the outside of the extension looked like.
    Thank you for a great read.
    Regards Juliette

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