Renovation Diaries - part one - the first six weeks
So the extension started in February - a week later than planned, which kind of set the tone…
Doing a straightforward single storey extension across the rear of the house meant we didn’t have to go down the planning route. Permitted development - I love you! We (I say we I mean Mr EH) had been tinkering with the floor plans of our existing dining room and kitchen, adding on our 15m2 extension since November 2017. So we had a good idea of how it would all shape up.
The plan was to flip the kitchen across into the dining room space, remove the wall in-between, squeeze in a shower room where the kitchen used to be and then have the extension as dining, socialising with a section as work nook for Mr EH’s design empire!
Footings dug - check! All going to plan - check! So far, so good...
We share a boundary with our neighbours - who we’ve consulted about the build from the word go. However this boundary spans two very steep, very old gardens and what looks like a straight fence to the naked eye becomes something very different with laser measures when starting the brickwork. Our first obstacle and our first lesson in the importance of choosing builders that have really good communication skills as well as construction skills!
A few shared mugs of tea with the neighbours while stood out in the build area quickly found us in a compromise situation, but one that worked for both parties. Our builder, Matt, was amazing at devising solutions and explaining how a new boundary wall would work with the existing fence and keep our extension on track and the neighbours happy with what would be the new boundary between our houses.
So, compromises reached, new plans drawn up for us to approve and then - the Beast from the East arrived. Cue two weeks lost. Cement, brickwork and freezing temperatures don’t mix well.
But since the beast retreated it’s been all systems go. Here's a quick clip to whet your appetite - if only the whole build could go this quick!
I tried to document the progress as much as possible but coming home from work in the dark meant it was difficult to get good shots, but here’s a selection of various stages…
If you have any questions about extending, what to expect, what to watch out for please leave a comment below and I’ll do my very best to help out!