When we bought our current house, we'd always agreed that we would convert the garage into living space. With a loft conversion, and an extension of a side garage with bedrooms over, the house always felt 'top heavy'. Plus we've never used the garage to keep the car in anyway.
The plan was to knock through the existing dining room into the garage and create a huge open-plan 'L-shaped' family room, thus leaving the front room as a 'grown up sitting room,'
That was 18 months ago.
We've got as far as submitting planning permission. It's all been approved and signed off. We've got architects drawings.
But that's where it stops. The next stage is to draw up some more detailed plans so we can get a scope of works written, and tender for builders.
Who knew there was so much minutia to consider? I was hoping I might just have to pick out a new sofa and soft furnishings. Maybe a few cushions.
After spending a full 10 hours last Friday making a Roman blind with a friend, whilst I was pleased with the outcome, I think for the 4 windows we'll be having I'll be looking to a Blinds Supermarket. I can't bear the thought of so much sewing.
But even there, there's options and choices. I mean, do we go for pleated blinds, roller blinds, wooden slatted ones...?
And there's the windows themselves. Do we have two windows at the back to mirror the upstairs, or do we have doors onto the patio? French doors or sliding? Or bi-fold?? Arrggghhh.
We haven't even started on the flooring options. Or heating - radiators or underfloor heating? A fire or not? Where will the lights go, and the plug sockets? Where are we putting the TV? Should we have a built in system?
Seriously, I need help. Have any of you planned an extension before? Where do I start? Do I need mood boards and suppliers names? I'm guessing a vague idea in my head won't cut it here?
I think I might have a go with one of those online 3D planners. Have you tried them or got any you'd recommend?
I can't believe I actually thought this project would be exciting. I am overwhelmed by it all before it's even started.
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