Colin Dowell, 45, from Stoke Newington has been hailed a genius for his use of space with his revolutionary design to turn his whole house into a kitchen by knocking all the interior walls and floors down, creating a big, light, very-high-ceilinged, multi-functional family space.
‘Now the Dowells can combine cooking, eating, entertaining, homework, piano-playing, and sleeping all in one area,’ said TV designer Kevin McCloud. ‘Not defecating, of course, but then the outdoor toilet is a creative solution which I think will lead the way in modern house design.’
Homely touches, such as the line of truffle-oil bottles on the bookshelves and the knife and fork display on the bedroom chest of drawers show how, with a bit of imagination, this design concept can look both cool and cosy, McCloud added.
‘We’ve not actually cooked anything yet,’ said Dowell’s wife Michelle. ‘There are so many good local restaurants and coffee bars that we’ve not had a need to. But I can’t wait to use my stainless steel range and granite worktop with marble tiling.’