My story with Dave, the kids, Cooper, VW's & rugby

Meet Murphy

The extension on the house was so last year! It completed the day before Christmas Eve and so far we are loving the new space that we have created and are about back to normal…just a few last boxes to unpack and a bit more stuff to find a new home for, but its as if we never went through the 6 months living on a building site.

Anyway Cooper is now nearly 2, and we’re getting another puppy!
We might be slightly crazy but when we heard that Cooper’s Mum had another litter we couldn’t resist getting Cooper a brother. Here are a few pictures of Murphy. We’ve seen him twice now, today he was 3 weeks old









murphy with miles

Extension Update

Wow, last post mid October when the extension was due to be finished… now we are heading into December and still work to be done. Its getting there though and soon to be done. Will update very soon with some amazing transformation pictures.

Update on the Extension

Well its been a long while since I blogged about the big extension project that we are having done at home. We are now on Week 16…it was meant to be finished by now but like every Grand Designs programme I have ever watched nothing ever completed on time or on budget, but we are not doing too bad and most importantly we are still sane and coping with the house being a building site and rooms upside down.

The kids bedrooms was one task that we pulled forward so at the end of August the builders started creating the kids new rooms

kids bedrooms

And both of them gained a few extra feet which has made a load of difference to the individual space that they have.

ethan room

miles room

They got into their new rooms a week into the new school term which was a big help that they were resettled after camping out in the spare room for a few weeks.

Then it was all about getting the roof on and the building watertight, which seemed to take ages

roof going on

kitchen roof going on

But we got there in the end and the day came that the scaffolding came down which made a huge difference

scaffoding down

It was even better when earlier on this week the windows and doors arrived so we are now watertight, and it transforms the building


Inside we have gone from this

old kitchen

to this is a very short space of time

new kitchen

new dining room

and this week there has been teams of builders, plumbers and lots of electricians onsite getting the first fixes in. The kitchen is due a week on Monday so still lots to be done to get the space ready for the kitchen fitters, and there is still the work to be done on the 2 storey extension inside and outside.

Onto the final stretch now :)

Extension after 6 weeks – 10 more to go

Since my last post on the extension we have progressed another 3 weeks or so and its surprising how quickly it is all taking shape and you can now get an understanding of the size of it all. Here are some of the pictures from the last few weeks.

The floors are being created. We also now have the french doors taken out and boarded up but the builders did recycle one of the old windows to let some light in.

foundations done floors going in

At the same time we are having to dig new foundations for the extended patio retaining wall

patio foundations

It was exciting to see the first blockwork go up on the kitchen

first blockwork

Followed by the brickwork. There is going to be a combination of rendered walls and exposed brick.

first brickwork

Next it was the side of the two storey extension

sitting room side up

The scaffolding goes up and the bricks get higher

scaffolding goes up

At the end of last week the brickies were done and tomorrow it will be the roof.

ready for the roof

The Big Extension

If you know me and Dave you’ll know that we always like to have a project on the go … and this time we have taken on a beast. We bought the house about 9 years ago and have done loads to it over the years altering rooms, decorating, replacing fixtures, knocking walls down etc, as our family needs change. I also love my “before & after” pictures as seen in a couple of my previous DIY posts.

Two and a half weeks ago we started a 16 week project to extend the back of the house, including a 2 story extension (which will include reconfiguring the kids bedrooms and their den, as well as extending the dining room and kitchen. Here’s a few pictures of the major stages.

The Before … You can see the markings on the wall where we took the conservatory down 2 years ago


This was the start as the patio came up


We’ve had a couple of issues so far with the build, one being access and neighbours, or you could say neighbours and access .. meaning that the builders had to use smaller machinery to dig the foundations. Then the next issue was the depth that the foundations needed to go down to, so we are a few days behind schedule and over budget at this stage but we’re hoping it can be caught up and money will be saved elsewhere.


After all that digging, and because they had to dig so deep we were also getting the side walls collapsing, it was a welcome sight when the concrete truck arrived early in the morning. Here’s the lovely expensive concrete moat.


This is the triumphant day we got out of the ground. Onwards and upwards!


Then yesterday they took off the large bay and boarded it up inside so that they can then focus on brickwork for the next couple of weeks.