The Forever Home: Extension News 2 {The Final Design}

We are six weeks into the extension and a lot is going on outside to build the framework of the new part of the house but it probably isn’t too exciting to anyone apart from us.  Instead of more pictures of bricks, I’m going to share our designers images of what the end product will look like.

We have always dreamt of the large kitchen/dining/family space and I still can’t quite believe we are only a couple of months away from it being a reality.  When we first started talking about the design it was really important that it was a space that would work for us as a family, somewhere we could all be without feeling on top of each other and a place that would grow with us as the boys get older.

Hopefully this is what we have created, in the future I can see the boys sitting at the dining table doing their homework after school as I’m making their dinner, or I can see the boys sitting at the breakfast bar for a chat with a cup of tea with their breakfasts before they get the bus to high school.  I can see them in a couple of months sat on the couch watching a film on a Sunday afternoon whilst we prepare a roast dinner.

Their are a few tweaks that we will be making along the way but this is the look we are going for.

The dining table will be smaller than this as the original 10 seater we had planned looks a bit tight in the space (I can’t say I’m too disappointed, the big table was my on my husbands wish list rather than mine).

The biggest risk for me is the deep blue kitchen, it is completely out of my comfort zone but after spending hours on Pinterest I was drawn to those designs every time, they were beautiful.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed I love it as much in our house.

One of the main focuses on the design has been to make more use of the garden.  Despite having quite a large garden the only access to it was through the small kitchen door which didn’t open fully because of a blind.  From the house you couldn’t see the garden unless you were stood at the kitchen sink.  I don’t think you can miss seeing the garden now!

We also wanted to make the garden a usable space for us, previously the only seated area was in the middle of the garden which was never very practical if you just wanted a cup of tea in the sunshine, especially if the boys were inside, it was too far away from them to be able to relax (or hear G if he was napping) so it didn’t happen.  We will still have some seating space further down the garden because that’s where the sun is later in the day but we are having a seated area, with a fire pit just outside the back of the house which I think will get a lot more use.

It does feel this is still months away but we are hoping to be complete by the middle of May (G’s birthday at the latest), and by the time my summer holidays start I’ll be able to fully enjoy our new family space.



  1. March 21, 2018 / 7:38 am

    How exciting, Jo! Speaking as someone who had a single storey living/dining/kitchen extension built on the back of our house over 2 years ago, it has changed the way we live. We spend so much more time together sharing the space. Our dining room was disconnected from the kitchen before and I missed out on conversations with dinner guests and family whilst prepping the meal. Now I can prepare food and be in the thick of things. It is going to transform your life and I’m excited for you!

    Check out ours!

  2. March 22, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    This looks amazing, and I was fascinated to look at the designs as we are hoping to have an extension done this year too. We aren’t having a new kitchen but it will be extending the current one to give more space to have a living area and bigger eating area so it becomes more of a family room. I absolutely love the designs you have here x #HomeEtc

  3. March 22, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    Oh Jo! This is so exciting! Love the layout and your design choices. We’ve got an open plan kitchen diner and I absolutely love it. Wish we had the bi-fold doors at the back but they will have to wait a while I think x

  4. March 22, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Oh my goodness this is my dream space convert ever. I am coming over for a cuppa to celebrate when it’s done. hahaha Inviting myself yes wow I bet you are so so excited. I can’t imagine and how fun to see it virtually The blue kitchen will look amazing. I go for the same on pinterest every time. Can’t wait to see it. #wrc

  5. March 22, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    That is pretty lush I am looking forward to the updates

    French doors to the garden are the only things missing from our home but unless convert the cellar they will remain missing

  6. March 23, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Oh my goodness it looks amazing — and HOW exciting. Love the space and all that wonderful room to play and entertain together. Gorgeous and good luck 🙂 xx

  7. March 24, 2018 / 7:11 am

    It looks like it’s going to be such a gorgeous space and I love how it seems to flow seamlessly into the garden too, as if it’s just an extension of the kitchen/diner. Can’t wait to see more as it progresses!

  8. March 25, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    That’s going to be such a beautiful room, you’re going to literally live in it! I know this because we spend all our time in our kitchen come ‘living’ room. I’m so excited for you xx

  9. March 27, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Oh gosh — I can JUST picture it all!!! It looks fab Jo — I’m so, so excited for you!!!! When I see things like it, it really REALLY makes me want to make a start on ours!!! SO EXCITING!!!! Thanks ever so much for sharing 🙂 #HomeEtc

  10. March 28, 2018 / 7:36 am

    Wow Jo this looks amazing! I love how you can get 3D designs drawn up now, it really helps to visualise it doesn’t it? Love the huge doors out into the garden. I think this will definitely transform your family home life. xx

  11. March 28, 2018 / 10:58 am

    That looks beautiful! I work in a kitchen showroom and we have a kitchen in that colour too. It’s one of my favourites and I agree it’s one of those colours you take a risk with but looking at the size of your kitchen it will look stunning x

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