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.

Our Extension So Far

The velux windows were installed and we finally got to see how much light there would be in the new space. We knew five velux windows would be a lot but we wanted to maximise light as much as possible – and we’re so glad we didn’t cut back on the windows.

Our Extension So Far

The bifolds and backdoor were then installed and we were finally water tight! Both doors are so much bigger than I’d imagined but you can now get a real feel for the space.

Our Extension So Far

The builders then got to work pulling out the original doors and windows and getting rid of the original ceiling to expose the existing beams. This is where the hiccup came from as the existing beams need to be replaced as they don’t meet current building regulations – plus, the new full length joist is too big to physically get it into the house so the structural engineer’s plans needed to be redone with a workable solution.

Our Extension So Far

At this point work stopped and we have been left surrounded by dust for Christmas but at least it’s water tight – just incredibly cold in there at the moment. We’re basically only going in the kitchen to cook or make tea and keeping the door closed the rest of the time!

Our Extension So Far

We are so pleased with how the extension has gone so far and the set back can’t really be helped. The builders will be back on 3rd January and the work will carry on – and hopefully it will be nearly finished by the end of January.

Our Extension So Far


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Looking good so far! We had our extension built 18 months ago and it has made a massive difference to how we live. It more or less doubled our living space and its so lovely to have space to sit and eat together!

  2. Oh it’s so good that it will be finished by the end of January! The hiccup over Christmas will seem like a distant memory when it’s all done. It’s going to be amazing!

  3. I’m sorry you’ve experienced a hiccup but I can totally see how worth it its going to be when its done. Such a lot of space and light. I bet you can’t wait for it to be finished.

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