Planning Our Extension

We are in the process of getting plans drawn for our extension. It’s an extension that we have been thinking about since LP was born but one that hasn’t been financially possible until now and even with a much improved financial situation we still may not be able to raise the necessary finances until next year. Even so, we are starting to get the ball rolling by getting plans drawn up and the necessary permissions granted. It’s an exciting time for us!

Our house was built in 1904 and has been extended quite a few times since. It’s already a good sized family home and one we will live in forever but to make our downstairs space more functional we want to extend the back of our house to give a really nice open plan kitchen/dining room.

Planning Our Extension

We’re looking to keep the rear of the house in the same position but extend out sideways all the way to the fence, leaving just access down the side of the house. It will be one storey with a pitched roof and as much light being let in through the roof as possible – either with skylights or a glass roof.

This new space with have bifold doors leading out to the patio, a big open plan kitchen with an island and lots of storage space, space for a much bigger dining table and the best bit? A downstairs toilet and utility room. I cannot wait.

So that’s our house, and our plans for it. Hopefully we’ll have plans drawn within the next few weeks and can get on with the planning aspect. We’ll then know in a couple of months whether we can actually afford the build or not – if not it will be a project for 2017!


  • 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. I’m so excited to watch this project as we will be planning to extend ours at the back. We’ve only been here six months so the plans are a way off but will be good to see strobe go through it first hand before!

  2. What an exciting time! Our house is far too small for us really and no scope to extend so we’re looking to move in the next year or two. Looking forward to following the changes 🙂

  3. So exciting that you’ve drawn up the plans. We’re also thinking of extending depending on finances but it will be 2 storeys and give us access to the attic for an extra room too.

  4. So exciting Donna! Fingers crossed your quotes will come in under budget for you. When ours is all finished I am planning to do a round up of all our costs to do our extension as I would have found that sort of thing really helpful to read. Ours is a bit smaller, but otherwise v similar to what you are planning so do feel free to PM me if it would be helpful to hear what our costs have been.

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