Seeing the potential in a project that had been overlooked by other potential buyers, and working to a strict budget, Ali Kittermaster has remodelled a 1950s bungalow in the heart of a Kent village into a bright and surprisingly roomy contemporary home.

The spacious kitchen was designed and supplied by Martins of Hawkhurst. The panelled vaulted ceiling gives the Kittermasters’ home a beach-house feel

The spacious kitchen was designed and supplied by Martins of Hawkhurst. The panelled vaulted ceiling gives the Kittermasters’ home a beach-house feel

The ladder is a French hop-pickers’ ladder and is both beautiful as well as functional.

The ladder is a French hop-pickers’ ladder and is both beautiful as well as functional. It leads to a handy xbox/movie den

The kitchen table was made for Ali by the carpenter at SB10 from scaffolding planks that had been used on the build

The kitchen table was made for Ali by the carpenter at SB10 from scaffolding planks that had been used on the build

Ali and the children house-sat for a little while during the latter stages of the renovation, to save the pennies. “Before that, every time I paid a rent cheque, I thought ‘that’s a sofa, a light or something’.”

Ali and the children house-sat for a little while during the latter stages of the renovation, to save the pennies. “Before that, every time I paid a rent cheque, I thought ‘that’s a sofa, a light or something’.”

Ali finds decorating inspiration online through Houzz or Pinterest as well as from her childhood friend, Linda, who is a house builder and designer in Haut Bay in South Africa. She’s certainly created a contemporary but homely feel, with pops of colour and photographic prints injecting interest and informality

Ali finds decorating inspiration online through Houzz or Pinterest as well as from her childhood friend, Linda, who is a house builder and designer in Haut Bay in South Africa. She’s certainly created a contemporary but homely feel, with pops of colour and photographic prints injecting interest and informality

A colourful chameleon, painted in a vibrant palette by Ali’s friend Ann Pybus, greets visitors in the hallway

A colourful chameleon, painted in a vibrant palette by Ali’s friend Ann Pybus, greets visitors in the hallway

“This is Harry’s room,” says Ali, “and he’s got his own little en suite. I was determined to get these sliding doors in!” Incidentally, she found the sliding doors and runners on eBay, for a snip, and all of the bathroom fixtures were sourced individually and bought at a discount from either Victoria Plumb, Bath Store or Ikea.

“This is Harry’s room,” says Ali, “and he’s got his own little en suite. I was determined to get these sliding doors in!” Incidentally, she found the sliding doors and runners on eBay, for a snip, and all of the bathroom fixtures were sourced individually and bought at a discount from either Victoria Plumb, Bath Store or Ikea.

Pops of bright colour punctuate the white walls in Harry and Katie’s rooms

Pops of bright colour punctuate the white walls in Harry and Katie’s rooms

A selection of pretty mirrors, with painted frames, which Ali refers to as “granny’s mirrors”, are dotted around the room

In Katie's room a selection of pretty mirrors, with painted frames, which Ali refers to as “granny’s mirrors”, are dotted around the room

Katie’s room is remarkably tidy. The pink pom-pom trim on the blinds is a recent addition that matches her pink chair

Katie’s room is remarkably tidy. The pink pom-pom trim on the blinds is a recent addition that matches her pink chair

Ali’s photographs, taken on her travels, are on display throughout the house

Ali’s photographs, taken on her travels, are on display throughout the house

A corner of Ali’s bedroom

A corner of Ali’s bedroom

The spare room

The spare room

Singer Katie has her own music studio in the garden and will be performing at Woodlands Festival in Hawkhurst on 9, 10 & 11 June 2017

Singer Katie has her own music studio in the garden and performed at Woodlands Festival in Hawkhurst on 9, 10 & 11 June 2017

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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