'We're so happy we did it all ourselves'

Posted: 9th Sep 2019

Emily and Benj Macey took on the roles of builder and project manager to create the perfect kitchen-diner

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Emily Macey, an art teacher. I live with my husband, Benj, a landscaper, in a three-bedroom Victorian terrace in Bristol.

My problem kitchen

The layout of the downstairs had hardly been changed since the house was built in the Victorian era, so it was a series of tiny, dark, damp rooms and very much an awkward, unusable space for modern living. However, this also meant it was a blank canvas as it hadn’t ever been renovated so we were excited at the prospect of creating a multifunctional space from scratch.

How I made it work

We basically knocked down all the internal walls to create a large kitchen-diner with living area. We then added glass doors out to the garden and a picture window to let the light flood in. We painted the whole space white and then made and installed a bespoke kitchen.

My favourite part

I love the living area. When the sun streams though it’s the perfect place to relax after work. It’s great to open the doors and spill outside.

Feature and styling by Lisa Moses / photos by Katie-Jane Watson