Our Home Extension Plans Part One; Outside
Those of you who have been following Designsixtynine from the start, may remember the original house tour, where I talked about future plans to tear down two old extensions and replace them with something shiny and new. If you don’t, then catch up here.
Well, I have an update. Extension plans have been drawn up, submitted and passed! YAY! We are officially extending number 69!
Okay…maybe more exciting for me than you.
My Plans for… Our Extension Plans.
Over the next few weeks I want to share our plans with you and let you in on what we (because it ain’t just me doing this!) are thinking; design and style-wise. Luckily, I have a partner who is pretty good at the big design decisions too and is on pretty much the same wavelength as me… much to his own surprise.
Now, this nearly became a long-winded blurb about the process of planning etc… then I thought better of it. Today, I just want to show you what we’ve got outside right now, and what we hope it’ll look like this time next year…
The House Just Now
At the moment, we have two crappy extensions and a lot of downpipes. The little extension to the left contains this;
And in the extension to the right we have this;
Which, about a year and a half ago, became this;
Some end-of-line wallpaper, a new wooden work surface, a tin of paint and some B&M Homestore vinyl floor tiles has made a vast improvement and the kitchen is now a much more pleasant room to cook in. All in, this mini-makeover cost less than £100. Totally worth it for a temporary fix.
So, once the two extensions have been demolished (which we intend to do ourselves), something has to go in their place…
Bit technical looking eh? Let me make it a bit clearer…
Gone are the bitty old extensions and in their place will be a clean, contemporary extension, clad in black stained Larch, with windows and trims in a co-ordinating shade. Three sleek, frameless Luxlite skylights should flood the spaces inside with light, as should the newly created stairwell skylight.
We didn’t want to go super-contemporary with the build, as that just wasn’t the look we wanted for the house. Also, budget. Though, money depending, I wouldn’t mind investing in Crittall windows (see image below). I might have to sell Brian for that though.
I’ll go into the layout of the extension plans in future posts, but just to clarify for now; the doors on the left, lead into the third bedroom/my studio. The middle window is the shower room, and the slightly wider doors on the right lead into the dining room. Our plan is to create an enclosed courtyard style garden that’ll almost act as an extension to both rooms. We’ll have to fit a shed in there somewhere too, but that’s something I intend to design and build myself at a later date.