FROM THE EDITOR
What makes the perfect extension?
Is it the fact it flows out to the garden, effortlessly linking indoors and out? Perhaps it’s how it transforms a dated and impractical layout into a multifunctional family room, or the way in which the new contemporary glazing can turn previously dark areas into light-filled spaces? If you’re lucky, chances are it can be all of the above.
But how do you get from that first glint of an idea of taking on an extension project to actually achieving your dream space? There’s so much to do before the foundations can be laid that starting a project can often seem like a mammoth task that will never be achieved. I know how that feels, having been toying with the idea of extending for nearly a year. The thought of living in a building site for several months with two children, however, has so far been enough to put my plans on the backburner…
That being said, I’m a firm believer in ‘no pain, no gain’, so I know that if we’re ever going to stand a chance of having a kitchen-diner that’s big enough for everyday activities for our family of four (cooking, eating, homework, entertaining and dancing around like lunatics on a Friday night for our regular kitchen disco), then I know we’ll have to take the plunge and go for it – all while trying not to think about the increased monthly mortgage payments, of course.
If you’re in the same mindset, then our new monthly extensions planner (page 128) should give you the confidence boost you need to get your project off the ground, and save you money in the process (page 80). From working out the reasons why you want to extend in the first place to the key moments you want to create in your new space (everything from leisurely family breakfasts at the weekend to cocktail nights with the girls for me), it’s all part of finalising your priorities before you even think of parting with your hard-earned cash.
It’s something the homeowners featured in this issue have nailed to perfection, whether they’ve extended, renovated or finished a room makeover. Yes, it might have been hard work to get the job done, but by really nailing what it was they wanted from the new space first, they’re reaping the benefits of their efforts now. So as we’re all racing headfirst into the new year, I hope you feel inspired to make 2019 the year you start your next house transformation.
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