The Plans for the Old House…..finally!

And so it begins.

As many of you know, we have been granted planning permission for some major works on the Old House. This took a full year as the building is listed. This means that we have to rightfully respect the history of the house and ask permission to change any part of it.

This week, we met with our lovely builders to look at the plans again and to go through a programme of works to ensure a smooth and efficient build. For example, we shall be without a boiler for a period of time which means no hot water which means no showers! With teenagers (and their mum!), it is vitally important to plan for this! In seriousness though, both children have exams in the summer (one has A Levels and the other has GCSE’s) and we had to be mindful of this when planning when to start and when the build would affect the present house and the ability to shower!

Our plans

We plan to build an Oak Framed wrap around extension to the back of the house. This will fill in the courtyard and replace the ghastly, leaking conservatory at the back. All the gorgeous, old windows will stay, including the lovely bay window.

Old house plans
This courtyard and conservatory will be replaced by an oak framed extension.


Old house plans
The leaking conservatory will go (and yes, I need to clear these plants!)


Old house plans
These windows will stay. The bay window will look directly into our new kitchen.


Old house plans
The view from the sitting room will now look through the new kitchen into the garden.


Old house plans
This window on the left will become a door into the old building. It once was a door by the looks of the brickwork. Underneath the old bench is a well which we hope to expose and have in our new kitchen floor.


Old house plans
This is a side extension which has the main bathroom in downstairs. We plan to rebuild this and have permission to put another bathroom above which will be an en-suite.


Old house plans
This is the front of the house. The garage will go and will be replaced by an oak framed garage.

I hope this gives you a little more detail about what we plan to do. We also have permission to replace the roof and recondition the Georgian windows at the front. We won’t be doing all this work all at once but hope to take our time to create our forever home.

I will be posting regular updates which I’m very excited to share with all of you. That is one of the reason I started the Old House in the Shires blog in the first place! I just hope now that everything goes to plan but I’m happy also to go with the flow. I think we have to with such a large build. Take care everyone!


To Grandma’s House We Go


Mum Muddling Through

Mummy in a Tutu


DIY Daddy


  • This looks gorgeous, Sophie. I can just imagine your excitement. The renovations sound wonderful. I don’t like the sound of being without a boiler, hot water, or showers though. I hope that stage doesn’t last too long.

  • What an exciting project! Looking forward to the updates. The house has so much character.

    • Thanks Lucy! It’s a bit daunting to be honest!

  • How exciting to have a renovation project in the works for your gorgeous home, Sophie! I have a weakness for Georgian windows 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s very daunting but exciting all rolled into one! X

      • So I just saw your comment in a feedback tab on my dashboard and for some strange reason cannot move it to the page where you commented. Thank you for it, Sophie. Now these are the challenges I find disconcerting. Earlier the Happiness Engineers would have walked me through it. Now there is no one! Jetpack is pretty useless with their support. xx

        • Oh 😳 well do ask and I will always try to help although it could be that you need to help me! Xx

  • Wow what a big job, but very exciting! The house has a lovely quality to it and I’m sure it will look even lovelier when done. #coolmumsclub

  • Wow, that sounds major! Good luck with it all and I look forward to seeing updates. Let me know if you need tea and hugs!

  • I have house envy! So exciting – we too have a renovation project this year, although not on your scale! It’s both exciting and scary right? Having done the ground floor extension we know how to grin and bear it, and work through the pain as it’s all worth it in the long run. Can’t wait to watch it unfold!
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

    • Yes, it’s exciting isn’t it? We have never done anything this before and it’s a bit daunting too but I just want to get started now!

    • Yes, at first we weren’t sure but now think it could be great!

  • What a gorgeous house and a brilliant project. It sounds like you have the right approach and great that the fabric of the building including the bay windows are being retained.

  • What a treasure this will be when it is finished. I hope the process is smooth and look forward to keep track with you!

  • Wow, what an absolutely stunning building. I love it. It has sooo much character. I am really interested in seeing how the work goes. Pen x #coolmumclub

    • I’m glad! I will be blogging about it along the way. Xx

    • Hopefully! I’m not looking forward to being without a kicchen or bathroom either!

  • What a beautiful house good luck with your project Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  • Wow, lovely house. Can’t wait to see how your plans progress. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

  • May the building work go well and I look forward to seeing the end result #ablogginggoodtime

    • Thanks Helena!
      PS I tried to comment in your blog earlier but couldn’t for some reason

  • Sounds fab! My mum & dad have an oak framed extension at the back of their cottage which is a listed thatch – I think the contrast of old & new looks great #coolmumclub

    • Oh sounds lovely and just what we hope to achieve; the old/new look.

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