Well the last few weeks have been spent making plans for the house and what exactly we want to do to get the extra space. When we bought the house one of the things we were going to do asap was extend the ground floor. We decided to go with an extension so we could extend the kitchen as it is very small, it would also give us an extra room. We got all the plans drawn up and had them passed by the council, spending a lot of money in the process! We have now done a complete U turn and are having a conservatory. It has taken lots of time deciding this weighing up the pros and cons and it is the right thing to do at this time. The main advantage will be that it will be up before the baby arrives which is something I really wanted but was never going to happen with the extension.
So we had a friend come round at the weekend and he has priced up what we want and we are getting really excited now. It's going to be quite a big space, around 5x3 metres so will be great room for us all. The only downside is that the small kitchen remains but we are going to make the best of the space available. Fortunately we have a utility area that already houses the washer and dryer so we don't need to have them in the kitchen. We went to Ikea last week and got some really good ideas for helping us decide how best to use the space and we have seen a kitchen we like there too.
So the plan is:
- Old garage is coming down this week
- John starts work on digging the footings for the conservatory at the weekend
- Get the brick layer in to do all the brick work
- Lay the floor
- Surveyor in to check sizing etc
- Order conservatory
- Conservatory up
Then we need to start work inside the house starting with changing the doors/windows between the rooms. I have decided that it would be best to do the Kitchen first then the back room and finally finsh off the inside of the conservatory. This way if everything is not done before the baby arrives at least I'll have a nice kitchen and probably back room completely done. The conservatory is closed off with the doors from th house so John can just go in and finsh that when he can. Plus it will only be a case of plastering, fitting radiators, flooring then moving dining room table, setee, storage etc.