Big project alert: The extension

Here’s a clever thing to do…

Start a house extension that’s due to complete the second before you walk down the aisle ūüėČ

A mere seven weeks before getting married, we are bang in the middle of an extension. From the front of the house, everything looks normal. From the back, we have full-on scaffolding, torrents of mud, breeze blocks, and half a new kitchen diner.

The timing isn’t amazing, but it’s taken months to get drawings completed, planning approved and builder time allocated, so here we are. It’s something¬†we’ve needed to do since we moved in, and it’s really exciting to finally see the bricks going up and to be able to visualise the end result. It will mean that we can replace the perfectly functional but very ’90s kitchen, and wave goodbye to having narrow rooms – a kitchen and a dining room – that make entertaining more than two house guests a game of musical chairs.

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Here’s the current state of play, in its full unfiltered glory….

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Isn’t it stunning?

Over the next few weeks, the builders will pop on a roof with roof lights, knock the existing external and dividing walls down, rip the kitchen out and create a lovely open plan kitchen diner. There will also be a couple of days when we won’t have any kitchen, so HELLO TAKEAWAYS.

Kitchen-wise, we’ve gone for very simple white gloss units¬†by Wren. We’ve heard good and bad things about them, but heard the same about Howdens. And B&Q came out much more expensive for what is a kitchen and house that we will probably move from within five years. Wren gave a great side-by-side demonstration of their unit build and quality next to brands like Howdens and John Lewis, and the service so far has been great.

The units will be topped with an Italian concrete laminate worktop (we LOVED the granite tops but they added about ¬£1.5k onto the kitchen cost) and a black range cooker. With the units staying to the left hand side of the room, we’re hoping the rest of the space can be dedicated to dining, with a long dining table, and chilling out. Here’s what we’re thinking:

Kitchen diner

Quick-Step vinyl flooring, Carpetright; J-Pull kitchen units, Wren; Geo cream and gold wallpaper, Graham & Brown; Pineapple cushion, Dunelm; Blue and white print cushion cover, Maisons du monde; Rug, Next; Two-seater fabric sofa in denim blue, and fabric sofa in romario denim, Made.com; Mini potted plants, Dunelm;

An extension and serious building work is completely new to us, so if you have any tips or helpful stories to share, let me know!

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