Our Extension So Far

I wasn’t planning on writing a post about the extension during the work – it was going to be quite a straightforward process, taking ten weeks and being done ready for Christmas. But, we’ve had a bit of a hiccup and work has stopped for three weeks over Christmas. Because of this I thought it would be a good time to update on the progress so far.

The work has gone so smoothly, and quickly, up until this point. The builders dug the foundations, poured concrete and built the external walls of the extension before adding the roof. They had to change the pitch of an existing section of roof and said it was the hardest roof they’ve ever had to do! But, once it was on the extension started to feel so real.

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5 Ways to Furnish a Room on a Budget

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We are currently in the process of having an extension built and during the process we have come to realise that we’re going to need a lot of new furniture. But what if our finances can’t stretch that far?

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Our Pre-Extension Home

Well today marks the start of the work to extend our home. All being well it should be mostly finished in time for Christmas – and I cannot wait to see our home at the end of the work. But for now I thought I’d share a before of our home so you can see our current home before the extension starts.

The downstairs of our home is just two rooms, a through lounge and then our kitchen and dining room. The lounge we decorated last year and it’s a really homely room with half dedicated to the children’s toys. More than half actually – toys seem to be taking over!

The lounge has a door to the kitchen and also patio doors to the garden – and a cupboard under the stairs. The cupboard is staying but the existing door into the kitchen will be blocked up, leaving the patio door space as the entrance to the new extension.

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The kitchen and dining room space will be almost doubled in width with a vaulted ceiling, skylights and bifold doors out into the garden. Most of the space will be the new kitchen and a more spacious dining area where the table can be in it’s proper place constantly without us having to push it against the wall to walk around. I can’t wait.

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The space where our dining table is now will be a new utility room and downstairs toilet and I think this is the part I am most looking forward to. Somewhere I can put all the stuff that our home accumulates and close the door and then a toilet downstairs – I have wanted a toilet downstairs forever!

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We are also getting underfloor heating and I’m hoping there’ll be room for a desk somewhere and/or a nice comfy chair and snug area. We shall see. I have been putting together Pinterest boards of extension inspiration, utility room inspiration and potential extension purchases too. I can’t wait to see it all come together!

From the outside, the front of our house will stay pretty much the same, just growing slightly wider towards the back. We’ll also have a new back door, opening towards the front of the house, just inside our back gate.

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We’ll be losing our side patio and having a new patio laid in it’s place, taking over the children’s play area – which we’ll move further down the garden. The pitch of the roof will change on our existing extension and we’ll have a shiny new kitchen window too.

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I think that’s all I can really show you for now, but I can’t wait until it all comes together and is finished – ready for the big reveal! I’ll keep you posted over on my Facebook page with the progress!

3 reasons why you should switch to LED lighting

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If you’re under the impression that LED lighting solutions are too expensive, take ages to brighten up a room and emit nothing more than a stark, unattractive glow, it’s time to listen up.

The truth is, these illuminations are a popular feature of many households. So if you’ve been thinking of using LED lighting instead of regular bulbs for a while but you’ve not yet made the switch, here are three things that could help sway your decision.

1. They’re much cheaper to run

From switching off your appliances when you’re not using them to having your walls and loft insulated, it’s likely you’re already aware of some of the ways you can save energy and cut costs at home. However, did you know that simply making the swap to low energy LED lighting can also help make a dent in your outgoings? LED lights are up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than traditional illuminations, with 95 per cent of the energy they produce being converted into light while only five per cent is turned into heat. On the other hand, incandescent lights are known for wasting much more of the energy they use, with only around five per cent getting turned into visible light. So, if you’re eager to bring your bills down that little bit further, you might want to consider getting rid of your usual light bulbs in favour of LED versions.

2. They’re better for the environment

Some lighting solutions, such as fluorescent strips used in kitchen spaces and offices, include chemicals like mercury, which can cause contamination when disposed of. However, LED versions don’t contain any toxic elements, making them much kinder for the environment. They’re also fully recyclable, giving you the opportunity to dispose of old bulbs without it having a negative impact on the environment.

3. You won’t need to replace them as often

Did you know LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts? Due to their longevity, you can expect to replace these bulbs much less often than you would regular ones, saving you a lot of time, hassle and money. By introducing LED lighting into your home, you may find it’s a while before you need to root around in your cupboard for a spare bulb.

Although switching to LED lighting may only be a small change to make, you’re guaranteed to reap considerable rewards.

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Put a stamp on your new property in 3 simple steps

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There’s no denying that moving home can be stressful. However, once you’re in, you’ll have free rein over how you choose to make your property your own. If you’re struggling for ideas on how to put your mark on your new home, here are three simple steps you can follow.

1. Style up your windows

When you first move into your place, it’s likely you’ll be left with the window dressings of the previous owners, or it could be that you’re left with nothing at all. Either way, this is the perfect opportunity for you to take control in making the property your own. From luxurious curtains to beautiful blinds, choosing stylish window treatments is a must, especially since they can be seen not just on the inside of your home, but on the outside by passersby and visitors too. So to ensure that your new pad looks good on the inside and out, you should put some careful thought to picking out these soft furnishings. Visiting specialist websites like https://www.juliancharles.co.uk/, checking out interior design blogs and visiting local homeware shops could give you the inspiration you need to make a bold style statement.

2. Rethink your colour scheme

To make sure that your new home is a true representation of you and your personality, you might want to think about changing your colour scheme. From giving your living room walls a fresh lick of paint to putting up super stylish wallpaper in your bedroom, switching up your decor theme is a simple yet effective way of transforming just about any space in your new property.

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Before you get to work, you might want to bear in mind that it’s easier to redecorate if your rooms are empty. Although you may be eager to unpack, it’s best to keep your belongings stowed away until you’ve finished your decorating project.

3. Add a personal touch

To make your home your own, adding a few personal touches is a must. For example, you could place framed photographs of you and your loved ones on your window ledges and mantlepiece, and you could position memorable keepsake items and trinkets on different surfaces, such as your coffee table and bedside cabinet. You could even invest in some unique ornaments and unusual pieces of artwork to hang on your walls. By incorporating decorative objects into your design scheme, you’re guaranteed to capture your true character and identity.

While there are certain things that can help you make a mark on your new property, there are no set rules. As long as you decorate and fill your place exactly how you want to, you shouldn’t struggle to create the perfect home.