We’re so excited to be able to share our news – we have planning permission!
You may remember that we already mentioned a secret project on our list of projects for the year and we can finally share what it is.
We’re building an extension!
It feels like it’s taken forever to get to this point and it’s taken months of behind the scenes work to get to this stage. We would have loved to have shared our plans earlier, but we didn’t know how things would work out and didn’t want to share our plans before we knew that we’d be allowed to actually carry them out.
Now that we’ve officially been granted permission, we’re excited to be able to share everything!
The new extension will be to the side of the house and will run (almost) the full length of the current building. We’ll only be extending the ground floor and the additional space will give us room for a cloakroom, a utility room and more importantly and extended kitchen and dining area.
We’ve been waiting to do this for such a long time and a lot of projects have been put on hold because we knew that they would be affected by the building work for the extension.
The extension itself isn’t particularly large, but it will give us just enough space to completely transform the back rooms of the house.
As we live in a house on a corner plot and because the extension will be visible from the road we had to deal with rather stringent planning rules. These rules mean that we have to build the extension out of materials that will match the current house as much as possible.
We would have liked to opt for a much bolder design and although the extension will still be a big improvement to the current side of the house, it’s sadly not going to be 100% what we would have liked.
I personally don’t agree with the concept of making things match what’s there. If it’s new, show that it’s new! Even if we use materials that match the existing property, the extension is never going to look like it’s always been there and it’s never going to blend fully. By using new materials and new & current building methods you’re much more likely to end up with a more sympathetic design which will complement the existing building and not detract from it.
Luckily the size and interior of our plans weren’t affected by the planning restrictions and we think that the new addition to the space will really change the way we live in the house.
We already shared our plans for our new kitchen and for our decking a couple of weeks ago. The kitchen is already designed to work with the new extension (we were too scared to jinx things when we shared our kitchen plans which is why we didn’t share our extension plans without having planning permission) and there won’t be any changes other than the space around our new kitchen being larger and the current exterior wall being removed.
One of the things I’m most looking forward to is having a downstairs toilet. Not only will this mean that we don’t have to run up and down the stairs for a quick trip to the bathroom (yep, you can call me lazy), but most importantly it means that we can finally start work on our existing bathroom. With only one toilet in the house we’d been putting off replacing the current bathroom, but with a second WC in the house, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem now.
We’ll be sharing more information on our plans for the other new rooms over the next few weeks – at the moment we’re not completely sure what the interior of the new spaces will look like!
The actual building work should start in June, so watch this space. This summer is definitely going to be a busy one and will bring about some huge changes!
Do you have any plans for the summer? Have you ever had to deal with Planning Authorities? What do you think – should a new extension match something old or should it show that it’s new?