How to extend your home with style, for less than you might think.

Written March 2017…

Our extension plays such an important role in our home life, it has brought us a sense of freedom, space to exist alongside each other, but also room to breathe, to play and create. It means we can stay in the house which we had already made into a home.

You see photos of it almost every day in my Instagram and Facebook posts, I followed the progress of it’s creation last summer in several blog posts, but as time goes on I receive more and more messages from people who have questions about the specifications.

My opinion on the space, the size, recommendations, warnings…so I thought it was about time I got it all down in one place.

I’m aware that some of the information included will be specific to geographical location and therefore not of use to many of you reading, but you will be able to find local people who offer the same services. I want to be in depth, so it may be a bit of a long one!

As I have talked about in previous posts such as Home is where my heart is and here in The anticipation of a dream come true there came a point where our house just wasn’t working for us anymore, we had outgrown it and I was desperate to move. But after looking at the housing market and how much more we would have to spend to make it a worthwhile upheaval it soon became apparent that moving wasn’t really an option. Yes it could be done, but we would be signing ourselves up to an added financial commitment that we didn’t really want. So instead we turned our full attention to the idea of extending.

How to extend your home with style for less than you might think. Alice in Scandiland
The back of our house previously…

We don’t have a large garden, but being end of terrace means it wraps around the side of the house and it has a feeling of seclusion. Extending would mean sacrificing outside space, but I felt if done right it would only serve to pull the house and garden together, blurring the line between the 2, improving both.

I started by getting several builders to come and quote for what I had in my mind, a solid structure with 2 large Velux windows in the roof to let in light. I was concerned about affecting the feel of the 2 existing downstairs rooms, which were filled with daylight for most of the day, but saw no alternative. Quotes came in and I was quite shocked at the costs, I couldn’t have what I imagined and yet would still be paying way over what we could afford. My heart started to sink, perhaps this idea wouldn’t work out.

As I explored cheaper alternatives I found myself thinking about conservatories. I would shudder a little at this word, the image of a small cold white plastic box stuck on the back of the house made me feel sad, surely this wasn’t a route we had to go down? Nonetheless I booked for some well known companies to come and quote, but yet again I was shocked by the cost and this time for something that was SO far removed from my imaginings.

Let me warn you now, avoid Everest and Anglian like the plague, they were very unhelpful, super pushy and had absolutely no vision to go off plan. And the cost!!!!

So then I turned to friends for recommendations of local glazing companies, this is how I came to find Window Solutions (Network Veka registered), the company we went with. The guy came around, I showed him my drawings and then we worked on the design from there, I had full input and felt able to really get my vision across. Price wise we were looking at almost half what I had been quoted by the bigger companies, half AND I didn’t have to put up with the awful boring sales pitch and tactics, Ian knew his stuff, was very matter of fact and I liked that I was actually talking with the person who would be building it, that gives you much greater confidence than a man in a suit, with his brochures, hiding behind his company’s tv adverts and promises. Urrrgh, they really pissed me off, can you tell?!pixlr_20160615140946593My specifications were –

Absolutely no white plastic, absolutely no wood grain affect (this is the norm so you must specify otherwise it would seem, WHY would you want plastic fake wood?!), dark grey, as high a pitched roof as possible, one solid wall coming out from the kitchen, same floor levels throughout ground floor, as few sections as possible, larger than standard doors, several ventilation options. I would have loved Aluminium, but this would have increased the price by nearly half again and we just couldn’t justify it.

I initially wanted bi-folding doors, but it soon became apparent that they wouldn’t suit the space as you would be looking at the side profile of the doors from one room or the other, as well as cost and the fact they need more space in which to travel, it was just a big fat no!

The designs came back and after a few tweaks (I pushed to increase the pitch of the roof even more, something at the time they were rather sceptical about, but I was confident in my vision) we were in agreement and work was booked to start the following month. I couldn’t believe it, this was really going to happen!

Boring things you may need to know –

We didn’t require planning permission as it’s technically a conservatory, but we did have to go through Building Control as it’s classed as a ‘Highly glazed extension’ and due to having it all open plan they were concerned about heat loss etc. This cost a couple of hundred pounds in total, we had to get a Mining survey report, something quite common in Cornwall and also had to agree to have a Radon Sump fitted, again, a Cornish requirement due to the granite in the ground.

The summer holidays came and with it a lot of mud and big holes. We were unlucky with the weather which slowed things down a bit but overall I just couldn’t believe how quickly everything happened. Garden to slab in about 3 weeks.

Once the slab was poured I couldn’t help but have a play to get a sense of scale.

The frame went up in about 2 days and suddenly my vision was really brought to life. The area measures 2.6m x 5.5m approx and has almost doubled our ground floor space.

I’ll never forget the day the wall was finally taken down in the kitchen, the sun came flooding in and our lives were transformed.Finally I had the home I had imagined…Screenshot_20170312-14000214053965_751693441599667_9010932020534390554_nThe solid wall out from the kitchen was crucial in my design. Without it I feel all sense of architectural wow factor would be lost, it ties the extension to the house, creating a flow and continuity, it’s really hard to imagine it could have been any other way.


The height of the roof is a really wonderful surprise as you walk out into the space and realise it goes up, as well as out, again this is crucial to making what is still a pretty modest sized build have a lot more impact and drama.Screenshot_20170312-142217Here’s some of the nitty gritty –

HEAT LOSS/TEMPERATURE CONTROL – This is the number 1 most asked question, is it too cold in the Winter and too hot in the Summer? This is another reason why I have waited to do this post, it’s now March and we have been living and loving this space since August last year, so we have experienced both ends of the temperature scale.

In the Summer, yes, it can get a bit toasty, but we designed the space to have lots of air sources. We have extra large sliding doors at the end and along the front, as well as small windows above the daybed AND 2 openers in the roof, lots of opportunity to create a cross draught. If it gets too hot, within minutes of opening these it’s back to a comfortable level. If it ever gets too much, which I really doubt, but if it did then we will put up sails to create some shade.

I can’t stand the standard blinds that are available and so would never go down that route. In addition to this the roof glass has a UV tint on it, it’s called Solar Control, to help with heat retention and reflection. I had a complete freak out about this initially, including tears the morning the glass was going in as I had specified that I did not want tinted glass and I thought what they were installing was exactly what I hadn’t asked for, it looked SOOO blue! But, once in you could hardly tell, in fact all it does is makes the blue of the sky look slightly more saturated, like a brighter summers day.

It’s orientated to the west but gets full sun from midday onwards in the Summer.

Cold – short answer…no! The reason this extension works so well for us is because the open plan style means hot and cold air circulate. We had electric underfloor heating installed (bought from Living Heat) which keeps the floor a nice temperature for bare feet in the winter and with the wood burner so close by in the living room we can heat the whole downstairs within half an hour. We don’t have central heating (night storage heaters instead) and as yet we have not felt the need to put any other heat source in the extension.Is it aluminium? The grey plastic frame looks so good people do mistake it for aluminium. I’m so happy that we went with this choice and trust me, I never thought I would say that!!

Cost – edited While I feel a bit uncomfortable talking about large sums of money I guess it’s really what everyone wants to know. It was CONSIDERABLY less than moving to a slightly bigger house at approx £18.5k (not including furnishings/ floor)

Time frames –

making contact with glazing company to confirmation of plans – 2 weeks,

Wait until work began – 3 weeks,

From start of groundworks to pouring slab – 3-4 weeks,

Erection of frame – 2-3 days

Fitting glass – 2 days,

Plastering – 2 days

What makes this conservatory stand out? The solid wall at one end and pitch of the roof mean that it looks much more high end that the standard spec styles. The changes I made to the initial design I feel have really made this something special.The beautiful continuous engineered Oak floor, which you can read more about here, flowing from the front door, all the way to the back creates the sense of even greater space and quality of finish.

The open plan layout means the spaces flow, there’s no real boundary so furniture can be moved back and forth to make one space bigger, another more snug, every inch of space is utilised and enjoyed.The daybed!! I’m not going to lie, the idea of my beautiful Ercol daybed came first in my mind and then I built up the design of the room around it!So there, my longest blog to date I think, but so hard to skimp on the details, well done if you made it this far!

I hope if you have been considering your house options, should you move, should you extend then maybe this has been helpful, perhaps some questions have been answered, I’m sure there is so much more I could say but I don’t want to frighten you off!

I can say in all honesty I wouldn’t change a thing about it, everything is as I wanted and I think that’s because I felt I was in control of the whole process. I guess it does help that I’m not afraid to make my feelings known!I’d love to hear what you think of the transformation and if you have any further questions send me a message or comment below.

☆ Edit -I have been asked by a few people about what it was like living with the building work so I thought I would add to this piece as it’s very relevant and I can’t believe I didn’t talk more about it to be honest!Anyway, generally it was much better than I expected. For the most part the work was all outside, we could close the door/ window…and even sometimes the curtains in the living room when I wanted to lounge unashamedly in my PJs at 11:30 in the morning and block it out. From outside they cut about 95% of the way through the wall, beneath the kitchen window, right at the start. This was because it creates a lot of dust/ mess so they didn’t want that going into the actual structure once built. Everything else was done externally, then once it was sealed and watertight they then too the patio doors and kitchen window out and knocked the remaining wall down with a sledgehammer. Yes it did get the kitchen really dusty, no I didn’t pack everything away, I just carried on and pretended it wasn’t happening!

Living with the bare, dusty concrete floor for several weeks, whilst it dried out enough to lay the wooden floor, was a bit of a drag, but I knew what was coming so really it wasn’t a big deal.

Overall it was a pain free, exciting and quick process.

Soon after the floor was put down, this seems like a lifetime ago now.

214 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina Uwins says:

    Wow this looks lovely! Did you need to put steel rsj beams in when you broke though to the main house in the 2 arch ways?

    1. Hi Christina, thank you. No, we kept the existing rsjs, the windows don’t support the wall x

  2. agh this is amazing! we went through the same process of getting quotes for extensions that were completely out of our price range and I have always thought a new conservatory might be the answer (we currently have horrible 80s white box version) this looks soooooooo amazing you have totally transformed your home! this is such a helpful post thank you! x

    1. Thank you Chloe, that’s lovely to hear ❤

  3. Sarah says:

    I absolutely LOVE this! And you have such amazing style! Can I ask where your kitchen table is from?

    1. Thank you Sarah. I made the table 😆

  4. Maria Johnsson says:

    Thanks for sharing this. We want yo do something similar to our house. Yours looks amazing!

    1. My pleasure Maria, glad you enjoyed x

  5. Chris says:

    Hi Alice. Thanks for the post. You say “We didn’t require planning permission as it’s technically a conservatory, but we did have to go through Building Control as it’s classed as a ‘Highly glazed extension”. Do you have any advice that says what you have built is a conservatory as opposed to another type of extension? We’re looking at extending our kitchen but we’re limited (by a covenant) to building a conservatory. We want something like you have built but I’m worried if we do we would face a legal challenge as to what we have built. Thanks

    1. Hi Chris, I’ll be honest, I’m not 100%. I think I knew when we were going through the process, but it’s a blur now! If you contact the planning department they will be able to shed some light, sorry I couldn’t be of further help x

    2. If I can remember then I will come back to you x

      1. Chris says:

        Thanks Alice

  6. Louise says:

    The extension looks lovely! Thank you for such a helpful post. Thinking of getting an extension too but didn’t know which company would be good might get in touch with the one you used. Seemed really good 😍

    1. Thanks Louise, good luck with your plans.

  7. This is so inspirational! I think this could be the answer to our extension when the time comes. Well done to sticking to your guns (and budget!).

    1. Thank you xx

  8. Mark & Cathy Hooley says:

    That’s the way forward

    1. Thank you ❤

  9. Hi Alice can I ask what paint you have used on the walls please? Many thanks x

    1. Hello, I use Dulux Trade Pure Brilliant White everywhere in the house x

  10. Thankyou Alice x

  11. Rachel says:

    Hi Alice! Love this post, its such a gorgeous extension! Can I ask how high you went with the roof in the end? And is the frame a standard grey UPVC one or does it have a special name?

    1. Hi Rachel, thank you for your kinds words. I can’t remember for certain the external height, but it’s approx 3m15 inside to the highest point x

      1. Rachel says:

        Thank you! And did you go for a standard grey UPVC frame or does it have a special name? x

      2. Ah sorry, I forgot to answer that question. It’s just standard UPVC, but it would seem most people have wood effect!! So make sure you specify you don’t want that! It’s anthracite grey.

  12. Jen says:

    Hi Alice, I enjoyed the post,
    just wondering how you clean the bedroom windows and is th eroof self cleaning glass?

    1. Hi Jen, thank you. One of the 2 windows per bedroom open inwards so you can get access to clean that way. We also have a brush on a long pole that fits to the hose pipe.
      It isn’t self cleaning glass no but we haven’t found it gets too bad, the extension has been up since August and we’ve only cleaned the outside once or twice since then.

  13. Helen says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! I am currently waiting for the keys to our new house, which is a 1960s boxy thing, that I have fallen in love with but will only really work for us if we can extend – we want something very similar to you (and have resigned ourselves to conservatory companies) and likewise have the same loathing of upvc and thought we’d have to blow the budget on aluminium but this looks so flippin awesome I’m won over! Ive got a clear idea in my head but have also seen some pursed lips on the agent when we said we wanted the wall knocking down completely – I had the fear it would end up looking like a 90s conservatory. Your home is beautiful, please accept this comment in lieu of a very large glass of wine I would buy you in appreciation of this little dose of hope and inspiration xx

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments Helen. Congratulations on buying the house and best of luck with the project xx

  14. Sally says:

    Hi Alice, i just wondered if you find the glass roof too noisy when it rains?! We are planning our extension and one option is a glass roof but not sure about noise levels when it pours down? Thank you! X

    1. Hi Sally, good question! In full on torrential rain, yes, it can be pretty noisy, but to be honest that’s only happened maybe 5 times in the last year, usually it’s a downpour, then it’s over. In some ways I kind of like it, it makes me aware of the elements and if I have to stop something I’m watching for 10 minutes or so it hasn’t bothered me.

  15. Michelle Alldread says:

    Great project-just what we are after. Could I please asked if Window Solutions did the whole job or just the glass and up close?
    We are in Southampton so guessing they wouldn’t come this far but key requirements for company would be Veka?

    1. Hi Michelle, thanks very much. Window Solutions undertook the whole job, but yes, Southhampton is probably a bit too far.

    2. Lou Wingfield says:

      Michelle…I just found this article and wondered did you ever find anyone local to you to do a similar garden room? We do not live far from you and are considering a similar project. Thanks in advance!

  16. Clare Rush says:

    I have a man coming round tomorrow to give me a quote for a ‘conservatory’ – thanks so much for the inspiration, I didn’t know what it was I wanted, I knew I didn’t want to knock our kitchen and living room together as we’d end up with less wall space, and with 2 growing daughters the house is feeling smaller and smaller. Turns out it was this I wanted all along!! Everything crossed he’ll come in with a good quote!

    1. Oooh yay Clare, glad I could help. Best of luck for tomorrow 😁😁

      1. Clare Rush says:

        Have just signed to go ahead today – work starts in March!! Need to choose flooring now as the cork we wanted wont stand up to underfloor heating and the heat from the sun apparently :/

      2. How exciting, good luck with it all. Love our floor ❤

  17. Michelle Alldread says:

    Hi Alice, Another quick question-do you know the energy rating of your glass-i.e. A+-E? Thanks in advance. Kind regards Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle, if you ask me again tomorrow morning I can find the paperwork and check 😁

    2. Clare Rush says:

      Thanks – it looks gorgeous, but a friend mentioned engineered wood might not conduct the heat so well but ceramic and stone are out for have you found it? We don’t have a burner in the living room so might not get as toasty as yours does with that.

      1. Hi Clare, conduct the heat? Do you mean the electric underfloor heating in the extension?

  18. Emma says:

    We have a hideous white plastic square box conservatory currently attached to our house but this is exactly what I am wanting to replace it with but I had no images to show my husband who can’t visualise anything. Now I do! Thank you so much. It looks absolutely fantastic what you have achieved – truly you have a great eye. You’ve motivated me to look in to this ASAP! Thank you x

    1. Wow, glad I could help Emma, thank you for your kind words x

    2. Clare Rush says:

      Hi, sorry, yes, does it conduct the heat well – I am being told the wood won’t conduct well/will cost a lot to run as has to work harder
      and now wondering whether for the cost to put a nice radiator in instead…

      1. We only have it on at 21 degrees and it definitely takes the edge off the cold, you can feel a difference between there and in the living room/ kitchen which doesn’t have the electric underfloor heating.. in my opinion a radiator wouldn’t heat the floor, and the floor temp makes a huge difference to how you feel walking/sitting in there..

  19. Harriet says:

    Really heLpful post – thank you. We are about to embark on an extension for our house but are also limited by budget and garden space.
    Can I ask what are the rough dimensions of the extension and what size garden have you got left? It looks like you have utilised the size of both spaces so well!
    You have a beautiful home and have only just come across your blog tonight- love it! Lots of great inspiration x

    1. Hi Harriet, thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Off the top of my head the extension is approx 5.8m x 2.4 I think. Garden wise, it’s hard to say as it’s not a straightforward shape. But more than enough 😊❤

    2. Clare Rush says:


  20. Ruth Williams Maw says:

    Incredible! Please can you tell me where the hanging circular shelves are from on the wall in the extension?

    1. Thank you, yes of course, it’s from Ferm Living, it’s called the Dorm Shelf x

  21. Rebecca (littlehouseindidsbry) says:

    Wow. I’ve been admiring your extension for a while and was delighted to find you did a blog about it. And you’ve answered a lot of my questions too. Bonus. Looks amazing and I continue to be inspired by your house and what you do with it. Thanks you for giving me inspiration and I’m so delighted to see that it was cheaper than a ‘normal’ extension.

    1. Hi Rebecca, thank you and I’m glad it’s been helpful 💛💛

  22. mel says:

    like what you do with your house…

    1. Thanks Mel x

  23. Gill says:

    Love this, very inspiring. And can I just say how fab your wee “Katie Morag” looks in her outfit!

    1. Awww, thanks very much Gill ♡♡

  24. Hi Alice, i am so happy that I found your blog. Me and my husband have been driving ourselves mad with shall we move house, shall we stay & extend…we have two little girls aged 2 & 4 and our current home is in a great catchment for the schools we want to send them too, plus it would cost so much more to move to something worthwhile!! Very bizarrely from your pictures, it looks as though our home is of a very similar layout, I wondered if you had anymore pics of your kitchen or lounge area to see if we can recreate a similar layout? If you have any floor plans that would be amazing 😬 your styling is beautiful, an absolute inspiration. I can imagine how proud you must feel, what a gorgeous family home you have created 🙏🏻 Xx

    1. Hello and thank you so much for your kind words, it means such a lot to know what I write here has a positive effect elsewhere.
      Have you taken a look at the blog post I wrote about the kitchen?
      There are more photos there.
      Also this one I wrote about the living room –

      If you don’t already follow me on Instagram there are lots more pics there too –

      I had hoped to do a floor plan post a little while ago, but life has got super busy at the moment. I will do one when I can.

      Have a great day, Alice x

  25. Tessa says:

    Dear Christina,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I never leave comments but your description and step by step explaination has blown me away. You have created just what I want. The budget was a big concern for me, so thank you for sharing this, it is greatly appreciated. The end result is gorgeous!,,

    1. Thank you, I’m so pleased you found it helpful ♡

  26. Tessa says:

    Sorry Alice, oops I called you Christina apologies 🙏🏼

    1. Hahaha, not to worry x

  27. Nerea says:

    Hello, this is the perfect extension, I have just bought a 1950s terraced house and want to build an extension very similar to yours, I have a wee question, did the glass company build the frame for it? Is the underfloor hearing costly? I am hoping to go as green as I can with it…

    1. Hi Nerea, thank you, we love it. The glazing company we used undertook all the works.
      I’m afraid I couldn’t comment re: the cost of the heating, I’ve never seen the bills!!

  28. Julia Kayn says:

    A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing us.

  29. Steve says:

    Hi Alice,
    Just stumbled across your fabulous blog on Pinterest. Your extension is exactly what I am looking to do to the rear of our house, that close in fact it’s uncanny !
    One question from me, is there any restriction on leaving the piece of wall in the build? I currently have my kitchen window, a walled area and then my patio doors. In my mind I would like to take every bit of wall down and make it totally open plan? Were you advised on leaving the wall in or was it personal preference?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Steve, thanks so much for your kind words, we’re still as in love with the extension now.
      We left the wall because I didn’t want a fully open plan layout, but also cost wise things would have risen dramatically as removing would be far more structural and require supportive steels etc)
      It would be doable, but it depends on your budget.

      All the best with your project.

  30. tam says:

    Hello, could you please tell me which direction yours faces? Our conservatory will be north facing and i’m wondering if it might be a bit cold in the cornish winter but want to get as much light as possible in the house. xx

    1. Hi Tam, the back of the house faces South West, so we get a lot of light/ sun that side x

  31. Emma Reuss says:

    Hi, this is particularly interesting to me as we are currently building an extension with a glass roof, but have been quoted figures like £40k just for the roof. This is because the roof is double glazed apparently. Is yours double glazed? We’re now considering a normal roof with a large roof light to avoid the silly money!

    1. Hello, Yes, double (maybe triple?) glazed, it’s the one which is filled with a gas which helps with heat retention. I think the difference, price wise, would also be that ours is essentially a plastic frame…

  32. Rob says:

    Hello, Looks great! Does your PVC frame creak or make expansion noises with changing temperature? Like when the sun comes out from behind clouds?

    1. Hi Rob, thank you. Yes, occasionally it does, but not that often and only when there are extremes of temperature change. Nothing you’d really notice too much.

  33. Sarah says:

    Hi Alice, I love this!

    Could I ask for an update about the heat in summer- is it south facing and how did it stand up against the really hot summer we had this year?

    I’m so keen for something like this in our house but so many people have said to me it would be unbearably hot in hot summers.

    Thank you again! Love your work 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah, so, it was hot, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We designed it so it has lots of options to open, to get a breeze passing through and we spent most of the time in the garden..

      1. Sarah says:

        Thanks Alice 😊

  34. Jenna says:

    Hi Alice

    Your blog has been so useful in persuading my husband that it is worth extending! I was just wondering: when you took the external wall down, did you go with the gap that the window originally filled to avoid any structural changes? Also, please could you tell me how high is the wall which extends into the conservatory? Thanks so much and well done on a superb job!

    1. Hi Jemma, yes we stuck with the openings we were left with when the windows came out, otherwise we’d have needed steels and that would have added a lot to the cost. It would have been nice to do away with the “arch” bit, but not a cost option for us at the time. The wall behind the ercol daybed is 158cm xx

  35. Ola says:

    Hi Alice
    I stumbled across your blog on Pinterest, trying hard to find something not American there. Thank you so much for your blog!!
    The floor is what I’m looking for, but I can’t stop thinking about the tiles behind your woodburner. I love the 3D look and if I’m not mistaken these are flat? Where did you get them from please?

    1. Hello Ola, the tiles were from Walls and Floors, search for Alabaster on there xxx

  36. Lee says:

    Hi Alice, love your conservatory. We have been looking at options and many websites say you can’t open up the back of the house into a conservatory because it can’t be the main external door into the house. In other words, there has to be an external grade door into it. That’s the difference between an extension and a conservatory. How did you get around this rule? A conservatory is so much cheaper than a full blown extension but I don’t really want a separate room tacked onto the back of the kitchen.

    1. Hello, we had to go through building regs, but they were happy to sign it off come the end. It’s classed as a highly glazed extension.
      Hope this is helpful, good luck with your plans.

  37. Yamilet says:

    That looks beautiful , thank you for all the information. I’ve Ben thinking in doing something similar but smaller and always wonder how much will cost . Your extension looks stunning!!!

    1. ♡♡♡♡

  38. Diane Waddell-Brown says:

    Wow this is stunning exactly what I’m needing just looks so fresh clean and fun living.I think I will be pinching all your hard work of finding the right company’s .You must be so happy with all your input now paid off.Thankyou for sharing .

    1. Hello Diane, thank you so much. It has really changed our lives. Good luck with your project x

  39. Emily says:

    Wow! I came across your blog by way of some Pinterest “porn” searching for extension ideas.. we’re in the process of buying a house and I know it will need a small extension to make the currently small lounge / dinner more usable for us and connect us to the garden. Your blog is wonderful (not just this post but I am loving your posts and approach to living). We’re currently reaching out to local installers for some quotes. Can you tell me the pitch of the roof? Also, do you find the lighting you installed on the wall above was sufficient to light the room at night? I see in subsequent posts you have added a drop down light over your ercol day bed, was this specifically for a reading light? Any advice on lighting? We’re looking at roughly 5m x 2.6m and I think we will need an RSJ installed as currently there is only a pokey slider in the room we want to come out from. Thank you again for such a detailed blog and wonderful inspiration.

    1. Hi Emily, I’m sorry, I’ve only just seen this and replying on the hoof.
      I’m afraid I don’t know the pitch of the roof, but it was the most they could do, accounting for the upstairs windows.
      We rarely use the wall lights, the pendant light has been there from the start and is for mood lighting more than anything really.

  40. Luke says:

    As it’s a conservatory – were you allowed to knock the internal walll? And did building control do any temperature tests? I’m considering turning my ugly white upvc conservatory into more of an extention by fitting a tiled roof, respraying the white upvc grey and knocking the internal door out so it’s more like an extention. Burn I’m concerned that building control will prevent me …

    1. Hi Luke, sorry, I’ve only just seen this. Which internal wall do you mean in terms of knocking down? Both openings were windows/ doors before. We were under building control, it’s classed as a highly glazed extension.

  41. Charlotte says:

    Wow this was such a helpful post. I was so shocked when I saw the photo as this is pretty much what I’m looking for to extend my kitchen/dining area.
    Was the 2.5m just enough as projection from the house? Ours would be 6-6.5m Long along the length of the back of our house so don’t want to go out too far.
    Our garden space isn’t too small but don’t want to take up more than we need too.

    I want to open up our U shape kitchen and create a open kitchen dinning is entertaining area

    1. Hi Charlotte, glad you’ve found it helpful. I find the overall dimensions are perfect for us and its made such a difference to our home life.

  42. Anna Flood says:

    This is exactly what I have been looking for as felt all options have so far been so expensive. Thank you for sharing your experience. It looks amazing and totally get that the light coming in has transformed your lives.

    1. Glad you enjoyed Anna, thank you x

    2. Thank you Anna, I’m so pleased you have found it helpful x

  43. Hannah says:

    Oh my gosh! I am so glad I’ve found your blog!!!!! I too live in Cornwall (most southernly end) and desperately want to extend our home. We may have to wait a long time until we can afford to but your extension is almost exactly what we’ve been dreaming of! We have very similar tastes in design too. Thank you so much for writing this blog, it will certainly make our fears and questions much easier. It’s also great to know about contractors in Cornwall, as you know, good ones can be hard to come by unless you hear word of mouth! Many many thanks 🙌🏻

    1. Hello Hannah, I’m so glad you’ve found this post helpful and hello to a fellow Cornwall dweller! Good luck with your house project x

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