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 🙂
I love love LOVE Pinterest! You can create your own digital mood-board for any project and every project and believe you me I do have a board for every project!
At the moment I’m trying to choose some colour schemes for the house and I can be found quite often drooling over some gorgeous kitchens 🙂
Here’s some of the kitchens that I’m currently loving …
My favourite wall colours just now are Inchrya Blue and Oval Room Blue, both are Farrow and Ball paint colours. I love their paints, the depth of colour is just fabulous and the colour changes during the day with the different light reflecting off them.
Inchrya Blue Oval Room Blue
As you can guess I’m currently favouring some quite dark wall colours and kitchens, what are your current colour schemes?
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 🙂
We’ve been living in the house now for around six weeks and we couldn’t wait to get things moving on our proposed plans for the attic and the kitchen / dining room downstairs. We’re not adverse to the odd bit of home improvement, but we’ve never undertaken taken a project of this size before.
The one thing that we did make a start on was our son’s bedroom. He’s currently in the smaller of the bedrooms but will move into the middle-sized room eventually. When we viewed the house prior to buying it the middle bedroom had wooden flooring, but when we returned for a second viewing we discovered that the wooden flooring did not cover the whole floor. The previous owner had installed the flooring once she had erected the wardrobes, and the flooring had been lain up to, and not under, the wardrobes!
The bedroom had been decorated with wood-chip wallpaper and then painted. It had to go! However when we started to remove the wallpaper some of the plaster came away with the old paper. We sort of expected this, but what we didn’t expect was that some of the plaster had become ‘blown’ and this was due to water ingress from the roof 😦
The home report carried out on the house prior to purchase did indicate that we should get someone to check the roof out but we didn’t quite expect the estimate for the roof repair to be quite so high. The estimate came in at just under £4000! 😦 The roof repair was going to make quite a dent in our funds for the renovations. We naively thought the estimate would be approximately £500 to £1000 … how wrong were we!!
I love our new house, and being a Victorian house it’s full of wonderful features –
This cupboard with the beautiful stained glass is in our bedroom
A closer look at the stained glass
The moulding of the cornice in the hall is stunning
We picked up the keys to our forever home about four weeks ago and I love our new house 🙂 We’re still surrounded by boxes in a few rooms but we’re in and we can spend our time emptying the last few boxes
I love the features in our new house 🙂 the staircase is fabulous!
There’s a few things that we know that we’d like to do to our new home. We’d like to convert the attic and open up the back of the house by knocking down some internal walls.
Our current house is open plan at the back comprising of a snug room, kitchen and dining area and it works fantastically well for modern family living and we’d really like to replicate it in our new house if we can. Here’s the floor plan of our new house. We’d like to knock the wall down between the dining room and the family room. This would allow us to have a kitchen in one half of the space, a snug in the other and a dining area in the middle. We’d like to make what is currently the kitchen into a utility room. It should be fairly easy, fingers crossed, to knock down the internal wall as long as we speak to the right people and support the rooms above! (famous last words!)