I didn’t think I would ever get to write this title!
When we moved into our home in November 2012 the plan was always to build a side extension on our semi-detached house. We moved from a slightly bigger house to this one as we loved the location, garden space and potential to have a lovely space with the extension added on. However life never quite goes to plan does it, and it looked like we were not going to be able to do it. However, we can now and we are so excited. So I am planning on bringing you along for the journey and see how well we pull this off!
What Is Wrong With Our Current House?
I want to start off with saying I love my house, we’ve worked so hard over the past six years to renovate it from a 1960’s time warp to our modern family home. We have done pretty much everything ourselves (unless needed for safety like electricians) We’ve made use of all the space we can, love the location for the children and the garden is a very special space now.
Now it’s time for improvement! Pretty much every room in this house is too small for 5 people and a big dog, so we need to add to our living space and bedrooms.
We renovated our kitchen a couple of years ago by blocking up a doorway that was leading through to the dining room. This then gave us a full wall to fill with worktops and cupboards top to bottom. However, we still don’t have much worktop space and never enough storage.
By blocking up the doorway it has also meant we can use the full wall on the other side. I have used this wall for my desk space and filled with shelving for storage. I need a really comfortable desk chair because of my back issues, but it’s huge. It gets right in the way of the dining room table, which of course has to be big to fit 5 people around it. I have to drag it in and out each time we want to sit around it. Even when it’s pushed up against the wall I have to move the chairs all around just to get around it to open the curtains in the morning.
This room is also my laundry room, reptile space and shares this with the lounge. So everything goes on in these spaces! This is our only downstairs space and it’s so just cramped. It has never been as tidy as this picture below since!
No Second Toilet!
When there is five of you in the house there is always going to be a queue for the toilet!
It’s a bit of a squeeze in our hallway when we all come home or getting ready to go out, plus there is nowhere else to put the coats and shoes so all of these are stored in this space too.
The twins share a room which I don’t have a problem with, but if I could give them a room of their own I would love that. Bedtime is harder now than when they were babies!
So What Are The Plans For Our Semi-detached House Extension
As we live in a semi-detached house with a side garage, we only have one option of building out sideward. We could go completely wrapped around but we really don’t want to lose the patio space we now have. It’s pretty private and not overlooked. We can’t go double storey due to the neighbour’s position of her house, but we should be able to do a single storey (fingers crossed for planning!) We are hoping to push out the front more, along the side and out the back by 3 metres, but only on one side.
So this is the current plan, of course as we go through the process this could change but the basic layout will be as below.
The kitchen wall on the left-hand side with the window will be taken out, which then will lead into the new extension and have a big open plan kitchen, which will be open, light with Velux windows and a vaulted ceiling.
We are adding the small extension pushed out backwards and this will be our dining room. Open plan to the kitchen, with large patio doors leading out into the garden. With a large picture window so you can see straight out into the garden when looking from the kitchen. I love this idea as we can sit at the dining room table surrounded by windows looking out into the garden.
As we need another toilet, and we could do with another shower too. This would be great for washing the dog off after walks, and us when we all need a shower! We also want to move the boiler into this room as it’s currently in the old kitchen and takes up a lot of room. I want to put a washing machine in this room and would love a space for tumble dryer! As you can see I want to fit a lot of things in this room, so it’s going to be the hardest to work out.
We are adding an extra bedroom, the plan is for Tyler to have this bedroom. He is currently in the small bedroom and has always had the smallest room as the girls always have shared.
It will be lovely for him to have a larger room. Also positioned at the front of the house, if he decides to go to Uni he will be able to come and go easily.
This means the girls can be split between Tyler’s old room and their current room. Sharing storage space but having separate sleeping spaces and a space to escape from each other!
The hallway won’t be that much bigger but pushing it out front a little more means we can get a little bit of space when we come in the house, and for storing outdoor items. We also going to be putting a window in the hallway to get more light into a small space, it makes it feel instantly bigger, we will be considering our options on where we get our windows from as there are so many different companies to choose from like Three Counties Windows I always look at past reviews and ask around for recommendations for tradesmen.
I will have my office and desk space in the old dining room, we are planning on blocking off this room from the current lounge. So this will be a lovely light room with the patio doors and space for storage. I might put a small sofa in here as it will be lovely to look out over the garden in a comfy chair.
So anything that I should include or that you love the idea of?
We have the architect coming on Friday so anything I want in the drawings I need to tell him then and then he can work his magic on fitting everything in the utility room!!
I will keep you updated on the progress and any tips I learn along the way. I hope to share with you many ways on how you can achieve a beautiful space and still make it work for all the family. Our semi-detached house extension isn’t going to be huge, but I will make it work in the best possible way.