The main reason I started the Old House in the Shires blog was to document changes to the house and garden. It soon became a place to also write posts about my thoughts about parenting and education too mainly because we were waiting for planning permission. Getting this planning permission took much longer than we first thought! Although, everyone we talked to said it would take a while, we didn’t expect it to take over 2 years before we would start the build. However, now the build has started! WHOOP WHOOP! We are only one month in and there have been a few hiccups but I do have some photos to show you.
It’s exciting starting this project but daunting too. I’m worried about the mess, things going wrong, losing the dog out onto the road and being without a bathroom! This first month has been boiling hot so I have felt sorry for our Lovely builders. We went away last week and they kindly looked after the cats for us. It was nice to get away from all the dust and to allow the builders to just get on.
Before we started it looked like this….
Here is a link to our plans. We are having an oak framed extension that will wrap around the entire back of the house. This will remove the buildings to the right which are an office and garage. The conservatory will be removed and the kitchen and dining room will go into this L-shaped space. The side bathroom will be demolished and a new, two storey side extension will replace it. This will house two new bathrooms both upstairs and down. The present upstairs bathroom will be connected to the mains drain and will be removed or replaced. At the moment, the upstairs bathroom has one of those mashable toilets which has broken since we have lived here. It is a damp space with mould and terrible condensation. Basically, it’s horrible and I can’t wait to see it go! We have planning permission to replace the roof but we think this may have to wait until a later date.
Some pictures from the month.
It’s exciting seeing the changes. I will update in a month.
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.