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.

Our Pre-Extension Home

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.

Our Pre-Extension Home
Our Pre-Extension Home
Our Pre-Extension Home

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!

Our Pre-Extension Home

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.

Our Pre-Extension Home

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.

Our Pre-Extension Home

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!


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    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. It’s going to be amazing!!!! I can’t wait to see the progress, iff to check out the pin boards too. I have piles of stuff everywhere and I know how much I long for a bigger kitchen – it’s going to be heaven. Love the before pictures because it’s so easy to forget what it looked like before once it is finished, be lovely to have this to look back on xxx

  2. Exciting times ahead! Your house is pretty much the same as mine in terms of layout and it can be tough fitting it all in with children, kitchen gear, toys etc. I can’t wait to see how it all works out. Extending our kitchen and knocking the wall separating it from the dining room is our next project (if we ever get the money!). x

    1. Getting to this point is the end of our five year plan – we had to clear debts, increase our income, decrease our outgoings etc to be able to actually get a firm mortgage offer. I can’t wait for it to be finished!

  3. I am so excited for you, its going to be AMAZING!! I am still getting my head around all those fab cupboard options you are getting in the kitchen. We are having under floor heating in the new house and I am excited by this. Am I getting old??? x

  4. Oh I wish you the best of luck with it all. Ours started in June and has only ‘officially finished’ builder wise in October.

    Now to lay floors and finish painting.

    Such fun!

  5. Ooh I love having sneaky peeks into people’s homes! Can’t wait to see the transformation over the next few weeks although I have to say I’m jealous of the size of your kitchen already!! Haha!! xx

  6. All the piece of pre extension installation are looking good, I wish i could see your home, If you are done with the extensions.

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