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.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?!My 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.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.