Big Build – Planning Shenanigans

I thought I’d do a post about the planning process we went through for our build as we had one rejection with an appeal also rejected and then a successful approval for a plan I didn’t think would get through. I will explain! We bought our house knowing that a few years ago, it had…

Big Build – Week 2 Dust, Unhappy Neighbours and More Dust

My goodness. Whatever you prepare for, nothing can prepare you for the dust you get during a demolition phase of a build. We had grand plans of still being able to use the sheeted-off section of our living room each night but it very quickly became clear that the entire living space we are knocking…

Big Build – Week 1 Removal of the Roof and Fun with Skips

Week 1 of our build is over. It was less of a build and more of quite the opposite. We had our roof taken off and preparation work done downstairs for demolishing walls. You will hear the ‘dust warnings’ from everyone when you start a build but nothing can prepare you for the noise, the…

Big Build – Fire Safety, Steels and Building Control

Week 0 is ‘Scaffolding Week’ – sounds glamorous, eh? Not until you get your house enveloped in scaffolding do you realise the effort and time it takes to do. We are currently in Scaffolding Week, as we are putting on a second floor, the roof is going and we need to top the house in…

Big Build – Selecting a Builder

You do seem to take your life in your hands when selecting a new tradesman. Even a simple plumbing job can create tension in finding a decent person to fix your problem. When you’re suddenly spending thousands on a home extension, the stress is getting the right builder is immense. Because of our build (adding…

Big Build – Introduction

You may notice this isn’t a blog about cooking! We are about to embark on a very large home extension so thought I’d do a blog about our experience in case anyone else is mad enough to try it. We bought our four bedroom bungalow in Staines in the summer of 2016. It’s a multi-generational…