We brought our second forever ever house just over a year ago. A week after we moved in our son was born some two months early. The house was brought with the fact we had a one year old already and a second baby on the way, oh and a then 13 year old. The house is the right size for our growing family and aesthetically didn’t need a great deal doing, not immediately anyway other than personal preference paintwork. That and the loft space, which I have already posted about that we made into a bedroom for the teenager. We purposely brought a house that didn’t need a new kitchen or bathrooms, not straight away anyway.
Other tasks that we have planned are biggys, we want to re-landscape garden to make it a little more user friendly, I want to re-vamp both the kids bedrooms, when they are old enough to appreciate it and convert the spare room into an office/wardrobe/spare bed space. The biggy however is the kitchen extension I have planned. I don’t think big really comes close to the mammoth task that will be this extension.
The house has already been extended, and when doing so they extended the kitchen. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the aesthetics of the kitchen, by any means, I cannot however for the life of me work out why the previous owners chose the design they did. It is dark, small, and a considerable waste of space. The only real good thing is the storage – there are a bazillion kitchen/utility cupboards to make the most of. Other than that, its a bit of a strange one.
Here is the floor layout and some photos, perhaps you’ll see my point.
So it goes without saying I want to knock down the wall between the kitchen and downstairs toilet to open the space up. It doesn’t end there. I also want to bring down the wall between the kitchen and living room/dining room. Creating an even bigger space but
It doesn’t end there. I would build a wall between the lounge/dining area to shut off the living room. It would then be a smaller, cosy, single purpose lounge.
It still doesn’t end there. You will see we have a conservatory, this was here when we brought the house. For 6 months of the year it is great, albeit a little warm. It houses all the kids toys, the only carpeted room downstairs and is generally a tip. During the summer months it is a useful safe space for the kids. During the winter it is cold and rarely used.
So the plan is to knock down the conservatory and build out, with brick. I want to extend what will be one long, but not very wide room to one large space that will accommodate a kitchen/dining area big enough for our family of five, potentially a lounge/TV area, downstairs WC and utility, complete with bi-fold doors, along the length (or as much as the budget permits) of the house, that open up onto the garden.
Another important aspect, is I don’t want a flat roof. We had one in our old house and it was very problematic, it didn’t feel overly safe and it leaked – a lot. I would like the roof to be angled similar to the picture below although my initial enquires tell me that we cannot pass eight feet in height if we want the extension to fall within the permitted building regulations that do not require planning permission. I am hopeful that the extension should fall within the permitted regs and as it is a single story extension and we will not need to go through the council for planning permission.
So it is a very large extension, and with a one and two year old it might not be the easiest of situations to live through. There is also the risk of outpacing ourselves in terms of house value however this isn’t a massive concern of ours as we really have no intention of moving for, well, decades. The only time I would move would be if we were emigrating to sunnier climes, moving to my home town of Bristol, or we won the lottery. So it is unlikely we’ll moving anytime soon.
There are a lot of decisions to be made yet, I have grand plans of being project manager and sourcing materials myself, running point, oh so very Grand Designs. I also fantasise about kitchen designs, appliances, decor, colour schemes but they are all very far into the future. This is at the very very beginning phase. So much so that we are having the first meeting with the builder tonight. It may well transpire that we are dreaming and the plans are an impossibility. It may far exceed any budget ideas we have in mind or we may actually end up in Spain. Hmm.
Here are some pictures of the final product that I have in mind, which can be found on my Pinterest board Kitchen/Diner extension.
For more inspiration and ideas here is my Pinterst board.