This was also the start of my blogging journey so my first ever posts were based around how the extension work was going. I am glad I did write about it as looking back now it's great to see how it all came together and how hard we worked (as well as the builder, roofer and plasterer) to get the job done and completed. Things got stressful between us but we made it through it all, just!
Two years on from the very start we have just completed the downstairs bathroom. The new utility room has finally had tiles purchased for the floor (thank you Homebase and the reduced to £5 a pack bargains). Once the extension was finished up to the plastering we were left to finish off the decorating, fitting the bathroom etc..... and that's why it has taken so long to do. the Oh only has his weekends to get jobs done and sometimes you just want a weekend off too.
Most of my blog posts from February 2013 contained extension updates; Extension Work starting and many pictures of the progress we made. My Dad and brother worked so hard to help us, driving the digger, digging trenches, helping with the 7 tonnes of concrete we ordered to pipe into the foundations and lifting concrete beam and block flooring into place once that was delivered. This saved us so much money on labour but doing it ourselves was a nightmare too.
To make our dreams a reality we need to cut back now to enjoy the things we want in the near future.
Both the OH and I have pictures in our head of what we would like and how it will look. We don't want to get too involved at looking at the moment because by the time we get around to actually getting it done the kitchen we find now will most definitely not be available then! I might start getting rough ideas, flooring ideas, what appliances I would like, what colour units and worktops etc.... and then keep them filed until the time comes that we can make our dream kitchen a reality. Until then I'm watching the pennies, determined to make this one big new room into a reality sooner rather than later.
For now, it's beans on toast for tea and money saving in order to get the kitchen before 2035!
Do you have any big extension work planned this year? Any room renovations going ahead in 2015?
How did/do you cope with the chaos caused by all the work going on?