SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 238
ONE IN THREE HOMES
NOW HAS A KITCHENDINER, AND ONE IN
FIVE PEOPLE PLAN TO
BLEND LIVING AND
garage was at the time and to build
out into the back garden.
We had an idea of what the space
would look like and the architect did
the drawings, but it was the builder
- S-Style Buildings - who added
to the internal roof area, which has
been given a design feature. This
came about after a visit by a building
inspector, when we were told we had
to increase the size of the supporting
steel in the roof or the back of the
house would fall down.
The builder ended up making a
feature of this girder. It did mean the
height of the ceiling had to be brought
down, but the builder raised it in other
areas so it doesn't feel low. It really
works, giving the room character.
There were some issues with the
planning permission because we
wanted to extend out into the garden
by 4m, which was 1m more than our
neighbours on one side. Fortunately,
on the other side, our neighbours
had gone out further than we were
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proposing, so when it was turned
down, we appealed straight away. To
be honest, I didn't think 1m would
make that much difference but it
really does now it's built.
The planning permission took two
months, and once we'd appealed and
it was so obvious it couldn't be turned
down because of the neighbours'
bigger extension, our application was
accepted just two days later.
We were so pleased we had got the
go-ahead. Now we could get started.
The original plan was to stay put
in our house until the old kitchen
had to be taken out, which was
supposed to be five weeks into the
Unfortunately, because of the steel
girder issue, not only was the schedule
massively extended and the build took
24 weeks (six months) in total, the
kitchen had to be ripped out straight
away. This meant the fridge and
THE NEW SOFA
IN THE SPACE
freezer were moved into the hallway,
and balanced between the two was a
piece of wood that had a camping stove,
a kettle and microwave on top of it.
It was awful - I hated every minute
of it! We didn't really eat at home - the
kids ate at my mum's, who luckily lives
just around the corner, and I ate at
work. It was really Alex living off the
stove and takeaways! It got really bad
when the builders started knocking
through the house, and when the hot
water went off it became unbearable.
We went away for an unplanned
two-week holiday and then I took the
kids to stay at Mum's two-bedroom flat
while Alex remained in the dust-ridden
house with no hot water, because there
was no room for him! It was tough,
but we moved back in a month later,
when the kitchen had been installed
and the house was liveable again.
I had always wanted a country-style
kitchen and I found one I loved in