After a long couple of months we have finally been granted planning permission!! Yes!!
Unfortunately we’re still waiting on our building warrant, so the waiting continues …
We were hoping to have started, and finished, the loft conversion and knocking down the internal wall downstairs by Christmas, but this is looking more and more unlikely as time goes on 😦
I don’t want to end up in the situation where the builders have stopped work over for a couple of weeks over Christmas and we’re left living in a building site. I’d like Christmas to be as normal as possible for our son. Children are only little for such a small amount of time and I’d like his Christmases to be special, and especially this one as it’ll be our first one in our forever home 🙂
I’ll keep our fingers crossed that we hear about the building warrant soon and then we can get started to our building works
Whilst we were away on holiday last week our architect submitted our plans to our local council for planning permission. I’m so excited, or well I was until I realised that it takes about two months for them to make a decision 😦 I had no idea that it would take so long! I naively thought it would be about a few weeks. Why Why Why does it take soooo long??
I know that I have no option but to be patient but I just want to get on with our plans for the house, and in particular knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dinning room!
I know what the the final finished room will look like, I’ve visualised this room for such a long time …
When we received our initial plans from the architect last week I will admit it I was really struggling to visualise what the rooms would look like once the work was completed. However once I’d sat down and looked over the plans a few times they did become slightly clearer … but what’s helped enormously are the 3-dimensional plans that the architect sent through this morning. WOW! What a difference! 🙂
Here’s the 2D version of the plan for the attic – and here’s the 3D version –
It’s like night and day looking at the 2D and 3D versiions of the plans! After seeing the 3D images of our completed loft and realising how fab it’ll look I really can’t wait until the plans are approved and we can get started 🙂
We’ve now got the initial plans from our architect for the attic and the kitchen / dining room and we’re so excited to see them 🙂 He’s sent over a few options for us for the attic room –
We weren’t sure which option to go for at first, with options A and A1 the staircase would go upwards away from our current stairs which would give us a cupboard in the middle bedroom to replace the hall cupboard that we’ll lose in the upper hall whereas in option B the staircase would follow the original stairs which allows the area next to the dormer to be maximised. We would however lose the cupboard in the middle bedroom and the upper hall if we went with option B.
After a lot of consideration we realised that even although option B will give us a very slightly smaller attic room the layout of the final room was better. The room is going to be used by my husband as a workshop but ultimately we’d like to be able to use it as a bedroom and we had to think about where we would be able to place the bedroom furniture. Option B just seemed to have a much better flow to it.
The plans for the removal of the wall between the kitchen and dining room downstairs were fairly straight forward –
Now that we’ve made a decision on which initial plan option to go for the next step is to draw up the plans in more details and to apply for a building warrant.
We’re really excited and just can’t wait to get started on our renovation project 🙂
As we’ve never undertaken this sort of work previously we didn’t have a clue where to start when it was time to look for an architect, but we were recommended one by one of the mum’s from our son’s school, they had employed him whilst extending their house and were really pleased with how it all went. We had a brief chat with Davide on the phone and he came round to the house one evening to have a proper look at the house and to find out more about what we’d like to do to the property, and to see if it was feasible. Thankfully Davide didn’t foresee any problems.
The next step was for him to carry out a detailed survey of the whole house and to draw up preliminary plans for our conversion.
Davide came out earlier on in the week to carry out the survey and we’re now patiently waiting on him getting back to us with some preliminary plans, I can’t wait to see them 🙂